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Monday, June 27, 2022

Children’s Non-Fiction Book Review: Fry Bread

Title: Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
Author: Kevin Noble Maillard
Illustrated by: Juana Martinez-Neal

Fry Bread is a children’s picture book filled with warmth that centers on food, family, and culture of a Native American family. Each member works together to create fry bread, a traditional recipe that’s been passed down but the ingredients vary between Native communities.

This beautifully drawn picture book centers on each element of making fry bread and in the passing down of tradition to another generation. The story uses all the readers’ senses as it captures a moment of family connection and celebration.  Each illustration throughout is intentional and depicts a different aspect of Native American culture. An additional Author’s Note at the end provides further background and education on Native ancestry, and it’s a brilliant addition to an already vibrant story.

The inclusion of the fry bread recipe at the end offers readers an opportunity to try their hand at this traditional recipe. Fry Bread is a heartfelt and joyous book that invites readers of all ages to continue to learn and celebrate the history and culture of Native Americans.

Fry Bread won the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal. It is also a 2020 American Indian Youth Picture Book Honor Winner. Find Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story in the library’s physical collection. Call us at 580-234-6313 to place a hold and pick up through Curbside Delivery.

Michaelene M.https://enid.okpls.org/
Michaelene M. is the Communications Specialist at the Enid Public Library as well as a dedicated reader, writer, and librarian. She enjoys talking books (particularly romance novels), but she reads widely and believes that everyone should see themselves in the books that they read.

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