Knockin' on Wood by Lynne Barasch
Starring Peg Leg Bates

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2005-2006 Utah Beehive Children's Book Award Masterlist, Children's Literature Association of Utah

An inspirational biography of Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates (1907-1998), an African American man who overcame the hardship of losing a leg at age 12 and went on to become a world-renowned tap dancer.

Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates was one of the legendary tap dancers of the twentieth century. As a young boy, Clayton loved to dance, but when he lost his left leg in a factory accident at age twelve, no one thought he would ever walk again, let alone dance. But Clayton’s musical spirit was still alive. Soon he was dancing using crutches, then a peg leg. Within a short time his peg leg matched the dancing ability of his other leg.

Peg Leg Bates performed throughout the United States and Europe, winning the hearts of audiences with his unique style of dancing. He was an amazing showstopper and an inspiration to everyone he met. With determination and a love of life, he turned misfortune into triumph. His most lasting achievement might just be the extraordinary example he set for us all.


About Lynne Barasch

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LYNNE BARASCH holds a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design. She was inspired to write Knockin' On Wood after learning about Peg Leg Bates from her daughter's tap dance teacher many years ago. Barasch and her family live in New York City.
Published May 1, 2004 by Lee & Low Books. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, History. Non-fiction

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