Fry Bread

This book is deceptively simple, with language that might suggest it's for young children, but 'Fry Bread's' meaningful illustrations, coupled with the Author's Notes, make it perfect for all ages. The text celebrates contemporary Indigenous people, emphasizing resilience, culture, and history. I admire how the author intentionally represents the Indigenous Community's rich diversity and includes cultural and historical details in the illustrations, all explained in the Author's Notes.


Social Justice Activities:

Relevant Social Justice Standards:

Identity 3. Students will recognize that people’s multiple identities interact and create unique and complex individuals.

Diversity 8. Students will respectfully express curiosity about the history and lived experiences of others and will exchange ideas and beliefs in an open-minded way.

Reading Strategies:

Main Idea: Each page has a title like, “Frybread is Sound...Frybread is Art,” and then gives cultural details that are explained in the Author's Notes. 

Figurative Language: Every page start with metaphor (ex. Fry Bread is History) then goes into free verse that often includes descriptive words and sensory details.

Summarize/Synthesize/Author's Purpose/Theme: Use the concepts, ideas, and details in the Author's Notes to practice any of these skills.

Book Details:
  • Fiction, All Ages
  • Perspectives: Indigenous People
  • Author's stated heritage:  Seminole Nation, Mekusukey band.
  • Subject Integration: Art, Science, History

Book covers images are from publishers and in the public domain