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An Apple for Harriet Tubman Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Turner, Glenette Tilley, Keeter, Susan (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 0807503967     ISBN-13: 9780807503966
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: November 2016

Annotation: 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 was forbidden to eat. Harriet vowed to one day be free and to grow apple trees of her own. When she was grown, she made her escape to the North. Then, repeatedly risking her life, she returned to lead many other African Americans to freedom.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Slaves; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
African American women; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Underground Railroad; Juvenile literature.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Social Activists
- Juvenile Nonfiction | History | United States
Dewey: 973.7/115092
LCCN: 2005037360
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 1-2, Age 6-7
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 8.00" W x 0.25" (0.25 lbs)
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Contributor Bio(s): Susan Keeter is a fine artist and illustrator with degrees in these subjects from Syracuse University. She illustrated The Piano by William Miller, which received the Best Picture Book Award from the Society of School Librarians International. Susan lives in New York with her family.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring)
This vignette depicts a childhood incident in which a foreman whipped Harriet Tubman after she picked and ate an apple--an event that may have served as a catalyst in the life of the Underground Railroad leader. The illustrations present far too pristine a picture of slave life on a plantation, but the slight story is an accessible introduction to Tubman. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 October)

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

[Page 143]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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