Fry Bread : A Native American Family Story
A debut picture book about food, family, history, and culture.
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 might look or taste different, but it is still 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.
Fry Bread is a story told in lively and powerful verse by Seminole Nation member Kevin Noble Maillard, with vibrant art from Pura Belpre Award winner Juana Martinez-Neal.
Kevin Noble Maillard is a professor and journalist who lives with his family in Manhattan. He is a regular writer for the New York Times. When he was thirteen years old, he won a fishing derby for catching seventy-two fish in two hours. Originally from Oklahoma, he is a member of the Seminole Nation, Mekusukey band
Juana Martinez-Neal is an illustrator of books for children, including the Pura Belpré Award winner La Princesa and the Pea and her authorial debut, Alma and How She Got Her Name. Juana grew up in Lima, Peru. She now lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, surrounded by her amazing children
“Fry bread is much more than food, as this book amply demonstrates.” —Kirkus Reviews, 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.” —Booklist, starred review
“A powerful meditation” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Alma and How She Got Her Name:
“Pencil drawings . . . teem with emotional intimacy.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The softly colored images and curvilinear shapes that embrace the figures evoke a sense of warmth and affection . . . A beautifully illustrated, tender story.” —School Library Journal, starred review
“Martinez-Neal brings her gentle story to life through beautiful graphite and colored pencil artwork, set against cream-colored backgrounds. Soft blue and red details pop against the charcoal scenes.” —Booklist, starred
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