Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story
While Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story is recommended for audiences ages three to six, it's undoubtedly a book that will last on shelves well into readers' double digits. Kevin Noble Maillard--co-editor of Loving v. Virginia in a Post-Racial World, Syracuse University law professor and a member of the Seminole Nation, Mekusukey band--has effectively written two books for multiple age groups.
The first two-thirds is an affecting picture book that features family and friends gathering, creating and enjoying fry bread together. Glorious double-page spreads introduced by pithy, resonating phrases define the Native American staple. Caldecott honoree and Pura Belpré-awarded illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal's (Alma and How She Got Her Name) artistry revels in the faces. Then comes book two, which augments the simple, sincere verses with illuminating edification for older readers. Remarkable in balancing the shared delights of extended family with heavy ancestral legacy, Maillard both celebrates and bears witness to his community. --Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon