A Plate of Hope

The Inspiring Story of Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen

Author Erin Frankel On Tour
Illustrated by Paola Escobar
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Hardcover
$18.99 US
| $24.99 CAN
On sale Feb 13, 2024 | 48 Pages | 978-0-593-38057-4
Age 4-8 years | Preschool - 3
Reading Level: Lexile AD590L | Fountas & Pinnell P
A moving picture book biography about chef José Andrés, who, along with his World Central Kitchen organization, is sure to inspire kids to help out in their own communities.

José Andrés’s love of cooking began as a young boy in Spain as he gathered the wood to make the fire that would cook the paella just right. José loved everything about it: the sizzling olive oil, the mounds of chopped vegetables, and the smell of saffron. When he left home, he realized he wanted to tell stories with food. And tell them he did, creating magic with the seeds of ripe tomatoes and pomegranates and cheese. His dreams grew until they were as big as the stars in the sky. He thought, No one should ever go hungry. I want to help feed the world-- and World Central Kitchen was born.

From the earthquake in Haiti to the war in Ukraine and the Covid pandemic, José and his team at World Central Kitchen have been at the frontlines, serving more than 200 million meals and counting, and bringing comfort and hope in the darkest times.

With a lyrical text and stunning illustrations, here is a picture book biography about a world-renowned humanitarian and chef that’s sure to inspire a new generation of community helpers.
★ "Lush illustrations and a captivating narrative make this biography shine." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Focusing on scenes of people and food, Escobar’s luscious digital images add visual savor via colorful spirals of enticing aromas." —Publishers Weekly

"Readers will be encouraged to think big and make connections between their dreams and the needs they encounter." —Booklist
© Kelly Perkovich
Erin Frankel is a children’s book author. She loves telling stories of empathy and wonder. Her picture books include A Plate of Hope, Remembering Barkley, and the Weird! series. Erin enjoys visiting schools to talk to students about stories and kindness. She lives with her family in Pittsburgh, where she writes, teaches, and hopes. View titles by Erin Frankel
Paola Escobar is a a graphic designer and illustrator from Colombia.
 
As a child she loved drawing the stories told by her grandmother about their family and culture and it was her dream to become an illustrator for children’s books.
 
She is the illustrator of the award-winning picture book Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré as well as many other critically-acclaimed picture books. She has worked with publishers across the world and is proud to have illustrated stories that celebrate cultural diversity and champion unsung heroes.
 
Paola lives very happily in Bogotá, Colombia, with her husband and their dog, Flora. View titles by Paola Escobar

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A moving picture book biography about chef José Andrés, who, along with his World Central Kitchen organization, is sure to inspire kids to help out in their own communities.

José Andrés’s love of cooking began as a young boy in Spain as he gathered the wood to make the fire that would cook the paella just right. José loved everything about it: the sizzling olive oil, the mounds of chopped vegetables, and the smell of saffron. When he left home, he realized he wanted to tell stories with food. And tell them he did, creating magic with the seeds of ripe tomatoes and pomegranates and cheese. His dreams grew until they were as big as the stars in the sky. He thought, No one should ever go hungry. I want to help feed the world-- and World Central Kitchen was born.

From the earthquake in Haiti to the war in Ukraine and the Covid pandemic, José and his team at World Central Kitchen have been at the frontlines, serving more than 200 million meals and counting, and bringing comfort and hope in the darkest times.

With a lyrical text and stunning illustrations, here is a picture book biography about a world-renowned humanitarian and chef that’s sure to inspire a new generation of community helpers.

Reviews

★ "Lush illustrations and a captivating narrative make this biography shine." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Focusing on scenes of people and food, Escobar’s luscious digital images add visual savor via colorful spirals of enticing aromas." —Publishers Weekly

"Readers will be encouraged to think big and make connections between their dreams and the needs they encounter." —Booklist

Author

© Kelly Perkovich
Erin Frankel is a children’s book author. She loves telling stories of empathy and wonder. Her picture books include A Plate of Hope, Remembering Barkley, and the Weird! series. Erin enjoys visiting schools to talk to students about stories and kindness. She lives with her family in Pittsburgh, where she writes, teaches, and hopes. View titles by Erin Frankel
Paola Escobar is a a graphic designer and illustrator from Colombia.
 
As a child she loved drawing the stories told by her grandmother about their family and culture and it was her dream to become an illustrator for children’s books.
 
She is the illustrator of the award-winning picture book Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré as well as many other critically-acclaimed picture books. She has worked with publishers across the world and is proud to have illustrated stories that celebrate cultural diversity and champion unsung heroes.
 
Paola lives very happily in Bogotá, Colombia, with her husband and their dog, Flora. View titles by Paola Escobar