Bear's Braid

Bullying Awareness & Prevention
People, Identity & Culture
Bear's Braid
Author(s):
Joelle Bearstail
Illustrator(s):
Denise Tadlock
Age Group:
5-8
Publisher:
Mascot Books
ISBN:
978-1645434979
Year:
Bullying Awareness & Prevention
People, Identity & Culture

Bear and his friend Ben feel like they are living two lives: one, where Native traditions―like long hair―are a crucial part of their identities, and the other, where Indigenous expressions are mocked and treated with ignorance. When the boys encounter bullying because of the braids they wear, these two worlds collide. Seeking guidance from his beloved grandma, Bear confides his doubts and questions himself and his heritage. Bear’s grandma knows about the strength it takes to overcome hardships, and with her help, Bear and Ben develop a plan to strengthen their connection to their roots while also bridging the gap between their schoolmates and their families.

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