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Los plátanos son amor (Plátanos Are Love)

Illustrated by Mariyah Rahman


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About The Book

Un delicioso libro ilustrado sobre las formas en que los plátanos dan forma a la cultura, la comunidad, y la familia Latina/o/x/e, contado a través de las experiencias de una niña en la cocina con su abuela.

Abuela dice, “Los plátanos son amor.”
Yo pensé que eran comida.
Pero Abuela dice que nos alimentan de más de una manera.

Con cada explosión de los tostones, puré de mangú y chisporroteo de los maduros, una niña aprende que los plátanos son su historia, son su cultura y, lo más importante, son amor.

About The Author

Eissel Hernandez

Alyssa Reynoso-Morris is a queer Afro-Latinx Dominican and Puerto Rican writer, wife, mother, and community organizer. During the day she is a chief of staff working with community members, nonprofit organizations, and government officials to make the world a better place. Then she puts her writer’s hat on to craft heartfelt stories about home, family, food, and the fun places she has been. Alyssa was born and raised in the Bronx and currently lives in Philadelphia with her partner and daughter. Alyssa is honored to be a Musa with Las Musas Books which celebrates the diversity of voice, experience, and power of Latinx children’s authors. She hopes you enjoy her stories.

About The Illustrator

Mariyah Rahman was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She spent her earliest years climbing trees, digging for fossils, and drawing on walls with crayons. Today, she is an illustrator for children’s books and entertainment but has still never found a fossil.

Why We Love It

“Leer Los plátanos son amor es como volver a la cocina de mi abuela cubana—oler el aceite de freír, saborear los plátanos dulces y salados, escuchar las voces de mi familia y, sobre todo, sentir el inmenso sentido del amor, la familia, la historia, y comunidad.”

—Alex B., Editor, sobre Los plátanos son amor

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 9, 2024)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781665946858
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"Cooking plantains with Abuela, young Esme grows to appreciate her family lineage in this intergenerationally focused first-person tale . . . Rahman’s digital illustrations use bright, warm colors for contemporary spreads and desaturated greens and browns to delineate scenes occurring in the past, contributing to a thoughtful story of legacy."

Publishers Weekly

"Text that incorporates unitalicized Spanish throughout and warm and inviting illustrations convey affection for both food and family and will leave readers hungry for plátanos.…A cozy story for the stomach and the soul."

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