An Apple for Harriet Tubman

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Like other enslaved African-American children, young Harriet Tubman had to work hard. In her master's orchard, she spent long hours picking the juicy apples she loved but was forbidden to eat. When she was grown, she made her escape to the North.

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Like other enslaved African-American children, young Harriet Tubman had to work hard. In her master's orchard, she spent long hours picking the juicy apples she loved but was forbidden to eat. When she was grown, she made her escape to the North.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Denise Daley
This story of Harriet Tubman's heroism is geared towards a very young audience. There are colorful illustrations on every page and Harriet's life as a child slave is explained openly and simply. A sad tale involving Harriet's love for apples is woven into this biography. It tells about how Harriet was forced to spend long days picking apples. She longed for a bite but was forbidden to eat the tasty treats. Once she was discovered sneaking a small nibble and as a result was severely whipped by the overseer. Harriet's experiences as a conductor on the Underground Railroad are briefly described. Her bravery is inspiring, but equally moving is the significance of an adult Harriet Tubman inviting people to share in the apples that she had grown. This emotional story is exceptionally well written and the colorful illustrations are wonderful.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-4-Based on a distant relative's recollection about the woman who would become the conductor of the Underground Railroad, this story follows Harriet from her early slave days to adulthood as a free woman. As a child, her favorite job on the plantation was picking apples in the orchard. She washed and polished them for the people in the Big House, but she was never allowed to eat any of them. When she did steal one, she was beaten. Apples became a symbol for Tubman of freedom and wealth. As an adult, she was eventually able to purchase her own house in upstate New York. On her property she planted many apple trees, the fruit of which she shared with the people in her town. Turner uses this thread to weave a larger story about a remarkable American and to provide insight into the life of a young slave. This book is an excellent introduction to a complex topic, providing children with a way to make a personal connection with a girl whose life was very different from their own. It gives parents and teachers a starting point for discussions about slavery, race, freedom, and heroism. Keeter's paintings offer an opulent backdrop with rich, thick brushstrokes and careful use of light. Faces convey depths of expression, adding volumes to the simple story.-Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Turner recounts the life of the legendary "conductor" on the Underground Railroad for a young audience, including a little-known fact that she learned from Tubman's great-niece. Apparently, Tubman was forced to pick apples as a slave, but was not allowed to eat them. When caught tasting one, she was whipped. She promised herself that one day she would be free to have all the apples she wanted. Sure enough, after years of guiding people to freedom, she planted apple trees on her own land and was able to share them with the townspeople each fall. The simplicity of Turner's telling does not take away from the power of the underlying issues of slavery, danger and the freedom represented by those apples. Keeter's richly colored illustrations capture the verdant landscape during Tubman's days of slavery and the deep blue of the night sky as she leads her people to safety. A satisfying addition to the already fascinating story. (Picture book. 7-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807503959
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 781,507
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted June 26, 2013

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    AN APPLE FOR HARRIET TUBMAN by Glennette Tilley Turner,illustrat

    AN APPLE FOR HARRIET TUBMAN by Glennette Tilley Turner,illustrated by Susan Keeter is an powerful Children's books/Educational. We all know that Harriet Tubman was the greatest conductor of the Underground Railroad. But did you know she was a Union Army nurse,a scout for the Civil War or that she loved apples? Which are just a few of the things you will learn in this title. Well written in a way young readers can understand,with beautiful illustrations,and engaging characters. A powerful and engaging story from beginning to end. Historical lovers will also enjoy this title. A must read for not only young readers,but for grandchildren,and educators alike. A wonderful teaching tool. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
    RATING: 4.5
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2007

    Informative for elementary age

    This is a great story of introducing Harriet Tubman to the elementary aged students. Also teaching students of slavery, black history, freedom, etc. I can see where this story could perk a students interest to want to learn more!

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