|Carol March McLernon
|Black Hawk: A Boy and his Vision by Carol March McLernon
The boy belongs to the Sauk tribe, the last Native Americans to live east
of the Mississippi River. He learns survival skills from other tribal
members. He witnesses the introduction of horses and the influx of
white men using steel traps instead of wood and rawhide snares to
cature fur-bearing animals. These are life-changing events for the tribe.
According to Sauk custom, the boy leaves the village alone to seek a
vision which allows him to enter adulthood with a new name—Black
|Carol McLernon grew up on a 100-year family farm in
Wisconsin. Some of the old photos found in the rock
farmhouse were used in her book, Leadmining Towns of
Southwest Wisconsin. The pictures inspired her to write
several fictional books including Adventures with Jack, String of
Hope and Samuele Man with Many Names.
McLernon attended school near a small mining community
which had become a ghost town when Black Hawk tried to
regain lands the Sauk tribe had ceded in the Treaty of 1804.
She taught in Lake Geneva Schools and completed her master’
s program at nearby University of Wisconsin/Whitewater.
She is now featured on http://www.topfemaleexec.com/
Readers of all ages will appreciate the richness of the story McLernon weaves in Black Hawk a Boy and his Vision.
Complemented by the marvelous watercolor illlustrations of Kay Pleuss Meyer, it is a fascinating portrait of not only
the early life of the notable Native American but the tribe in which he grew up. Her simple, effective language
invariably prompts readers to imagine themselves among the native people, living as they did. (Her)... description of
their lifestyle, culture and the relationship to nature sets the context for the growth of Black Hawk and the climactic
ending of the story . . . (The author's note) . . . provides significant context for understanding Black Hawk later in
life and even the symbolism of his name.
Fred Noer - Writer, Editor, Photographer - Delavan, WI
I want to recommend Black Hawk: A Boy and His vision to all young readers and their parents and teachers. The
author offers an engaging glimpse of life in a late eighteenth century Sauk village and how the famous Sauk leader
came to be known as Black (Sparrow) Hawk. May this book be but a beginning for a revival of interest in one of our
Midwestern Native American giants. We honor his memory most by knowing about him and . . .how he lived . . .
Rev. John C. Helt, PH.D - Pastor St. John's U.C.C - Colgate,
Ms. McLernon aptly shows the development of Native American boys, from youth into mahood. The Vision Quest
vividly portrays their final challenge before acceptance as an adult of the Sauk tribe.
Sharon Dexter, published author - Lake Geneva, WI
Black Hawk a Boy and his Vision is an illustrated book about the childhood of the famous Sauk . . . leader known
as Black Hawk, born in 1767. Written especially to interest readers ages 5 to 10 . . . (the book) traces any growing
up experiences of the young boy...The sensitive water color paintings are a fitting backdrop to this boyhood story of
the naing of Black Hawk, great warrior . . . from the last Native Amercan tribe to live east of the MIssissippi River.
Midwest Book Review
|Naming the Tiger / Llamamos el tigre by Carol March McLernon
When a cat follows the children home, they want to keep it. Their
mother reminds them that their father doesn’t like cats.
They ask their father and he reluctantly agrees to allow the cat to stay if
the children can agree on a name for it.
Will they name the cat for the way it looks? Or will they choose a name
for how it acts. Will they ever agree?
Cuando un gato sigue a la casa de los niños, quieren mantenerlo. Su
madre les recuerda que su padre no le gustan los gatos.
Le piden a su padre que a regañadientes acepta mantener al gato si
los niños se ponen de acuerdo sobre qué nombre darle.
¿Van a nombrar el gato por la forma en que se ve? ¿O sera que elijan
un nombre para la forma en que actúa? ¿Van a estar de acuerdo?
|Ice for Sale by Carol March McLernon
Frederic Tudor of Massachusetts struggled for many years to establish
an ice business. He became rich and was known as Boston’s Ice
With the invention of a horse-drawn ice-cutting machine and a horse-
powered pulley system to hoist 200-pound pieces of ice from the lake,
there were dramatic changes in the industry. Harvesting ice became
easier but it was still dangerous work. Men and horses wore spiked
footwear and used specialized equipment.
Tons of ice were taken by rail to Chicago from Geneva Lake. Inventions
of the Industrial Revolution put ice harvesting companies out of