Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings

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Groundwood Books
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8.8 X 10.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

FRANCIE LATOUR is a prize-winning writer whose work explores issues of race, culture and identity. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio and the Today show, as well as in The Root, Essence and the Boston Globe. Her writing was also anthologized in The Butterfly's Way, edited by Edwidge Danticat. Francie is co-founder of Wee The People, a social justice project for kids. This is her first picture book.

A mother of three, Francie was born to Haitian parents. She was inspired to write Auntie Luce by a chance encounter in 1992 with the late artist Luce Turnier -- one of Haiti's most celebrated female artists -- who painted Francie's portrait. Francie and her family live in Boston.

KEN DALEY is an illustrator who draws inspiration for his work from his African Caribbean roots. He has illustrated: Joseph's Big Ride by Terry Farish, which received a Skipping Stones Honor Award for International Multicultural Books, and Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings by Francie Latour, an Américas Award Honor Book and a Kirkus Best Picture Book about History and Tradition.He has exhibited his art in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean, and his work can be found in numerous private collections. Ken lives in Cambridge, Ontario.

Daley's . . . paintings convey some of the complexities of time and place through the images themselves. ... Young readers will enjoy how Latour and Daley celebrate Haitian history and culture through this lovely, artistic story.-- "Kirkus Reviews"
[N]atural metaphors and poetic ideas will make this a good choice for sharing aloud in the classroom and creating emotional connection to a subject of study. Furthermore, the illustrator's Afro-Caribbean roots amplify the love song the Haitian American author has composed to Haiti. . . . An excellent selection for exploring deep connections to Haiti through love, family, history, and art.-- "School Library Journal"
The narrative is lush and lyrical, capturing the romance of nostalgia as well as the concrete thoughts of the child. Daley's acrylic illustrations burst off the page in deeply saturated, vibrant colors that echo but do not imitate Luce Turnier's own art.-- "Booklist"
Daley brings intimacy to the spreads, filling them with splashy tones and arresting framed portraits. An illuminating author's note speaks about the Haitian revolution and the importance of remembering forgotten figures.-- "Publisher's Weekly"
This vividly illustrated picture book is a feast for the eyes.-- "Resource Links"
A quiet celebration of bicultural, bi-geographic identity . . .-- "Toronto Star"