Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story

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  • PUBLISHER: Roaring Brook Press
  • RELEASE DATE: October 22, 2019
  • AUTHOR: Kevin Noble Maillard
  • ILLUSTRATOR: Juana Martinez-Neal
  • AGE LEVEL: 3-6, 48 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-626-72746-5

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpré Award winner Juana Martinez-Neal.

Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.

Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.

Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.

Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.

2019 Society of Illustrators Original Art Selection




★ With buoyant, heartfelt illustrations that show the diversity in Native America, the book tells the story of a post-colonial food, a shared tradition across the North American continent (…) This is about more than food, referencing cultural issues such as the history of displacement, starvation, and the struggle to survive, albeit in subtle ways appropriate for young children. —Starred review


★ Maillard and Martinez-Neal bring depth, detail, and whimsy to this Native American food story, with text and illustrations depicting the diversity of indigenous peoples, the role of continuity between generations, and the adaptation over time of people, place, and tradition (…) Martinez-Neal’s illustrations are meant to be relished, lingered over (…) A particularly striking spread depicts a wall etched with the names of hundreds of Native American nations, explicitly countering perceptions about the extinction or invisibility of indigenous peoples. —Starred review

Publishers Weekly:

★ In blues and browns with bright highlights, Martinez-Neal’s wispy art features a diverse group of six children (…) learning about each statement (…) An author’s note offers vital, detailed context about this varied dish and its complex history. —Starred review


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Buy it because the story is good, but also, it’s worth the purchase just for the endpapers & backmatter alone. You’ll want to photocopy the backmatter info & highlight away for use when teaching history.Jillian Heise, Librarian #classroombookaday

It’s a fiction picture book that can be read to Kindergarteners but has back matter that can be enjoyable through middle School. It’s almost a new format. Accessible and informative and entertaining at many levels.Josh Funk, author


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