Black Hawk

by Arthur J. Beckhard

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

5.0 rating
December 17, 2019

What an engaging, sometimes heart-squeezing, story of a warrior who wished for peace, but defended his people with war. In the end, this side of the Black Hawk War story is shared because a man took the time to write about his life. This was a great read for my teen boy.

Tristan RowLee
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Level 9

Before dying, Pyesa, Black Hawk’s father and chief of his people, commanded his son to defend their land from whites, who were trying to force the tribe off their land. Black Hawk, however, has no taste for killing and scalping and goes through great internal conflict. The story of this great-hearted leader shows how some whites and Native Americans were peaceful and kind, while others were not. Based on true events, this powerful book teaches about a difficult time period and shares profound, unique messages about love, faith, mercy, humility, friendship, forgiveness, and faith.

“I love stories that are beautifully written, that teach about history, and that dig deep into powerful messages; this book does all of these things. Why do we want our children to love reading? Not so they read fast-paced books without value, but because we want them to be immersed in books like Black Hawk that mold the mind and heart in ways that are good and beautiful.” –Jenny Phillips

183 pages

This book is a suggested read-aloud for the History Year 3 course and is included in the optional History 3 Book Pack.

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