An Apple for Harriet Tubman book with a young african american girl holding an apple on the frontWe decided to pair up this fun recipe with the book An Apple for Harriet Tubman by Glennette Tilley Turner and illustrated by Susan Keeter.

From the book:

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.

As we were studying Harriet Tubman in homeschool, we came across a fantastic story about her.

It wasn’t a story that was documented in history books.

Instead, it was a story that was recounted by one of her relatives.

The relative told that one of Harriet’s job as a small girl on a  plantation was to pick apples.

However, as an enslaved person, she wasn’t allowed to eat the apples — not even one of them!

(Ever! Can you imagine?!)

If Harriet snuck and ate the apples, she was beaten.

After she gained freedom and moved to New York, she planted an apple orchard of her own.

She then shared the apples with the entire town and anyone that needed food or wanted the apples.

Isn’t that a great story?

We love Harriet Tubman’s story and her leadership.

We were so interested to learn about her apple story, so we decided to pair the story with a theme recipe using apples and make Apple Snickers Salad.

Listed Book Age Range: 4-8 years, but it does cover the struggles of Harriet Tubman as an enslaved person. Age 4 might be a little young. Just review the book before you read it to your younger kids.


We like to read the book before we make the recipe.

That way we can discuss what we learned in the book while we make the recipe and relate it to the recipe we’re making.