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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Love Is Mama’s Hands


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Hello! My name is Tracy Guan and I am a mother to a fun and strong-willed toddler, daughter, author and educator! I write books to inspire others and to uplift narratives that are not traditionally voiced. This one is dedicated to my mother, and all of the immigrant caregivers out there, loving on their little ones in their own unique and diverse ways.

Love is Mama’s Hands is a vibrant and heartfelt picture book that celebrates the many ways in which love can be shared. From words of affirmation to spending quality time together, we all have our own unique and diverse love languages. This story is an ode to immigrant families, where love is often shown through acts of service, especially through cooking.

Written in a lyrical and poetic style, Love is Mama’s Hands tells the story of a young girl who sees that her mother shows love by using her hands to garden, knit and cook. Learning to make some of her favorite Cantonese dishes, the young girl discovers her cultural roots. Soon, she learns that her mother’s cooking and other acts of service carry just as much meaning as the words “I love you.”

Love is Mama’s Hands was written to commemorate the many ways in which my own mother used her hands to show love for her family. Tirelessly and unconditionally, my mother worked to ensure that we were always warm, fed, and cared for. As a second-generation Chinese-American to immigrant parents, love was not always spoken in my household. Instead, we found it in the whole-hearted meals that were prepared, the warm sweaters that were knitted, and the rich ingredients that were grown.

Growing up, we didn’t always understand or realize the extent of my mother’s love and care. So often, we saw love shown through hugs and kisses or through verbal means such as “I love you” on television, and we often questioned the extent of our parents’ love. Instead, “Sik fan ah,” Cantonese for “Let’s eat,” were the words we often heard in our household. Although “Let’s eat!” may appear to be two simple words, the idea rooted in the phrase, for many Chinese immigrant families, means everything. To my mother, food is what provides energy for our daily lives, and energy is the source of life. And by providing us with life, through food and care, my mother provided us with love continuously. I now understand that “Sik fan ah” actually means “I love you, and I love you a lot!”

Now as a mother myself, I want to show my child and other young readers the multitude of ways in which love can be communicated beyond just physical and verbal means. This book is a love letter to my mother and other immigrant families who share love through their many acts of service and through the food prepared with their hands with care. This book is a celebration of all the diverse ways that love can be shared. I hope this book inspires readers to embrace and show their love in the unique ways they know best!


As of September 16th, this project has raised $6,500 of their $7,000 goal. This project has 4 days left to raise the $7,000 or it will not be funded.  For a pledge of $21, you will get one book.  For a pledge of $26, you will get one book bundle.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:

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