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Knockin’ on Wood

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NEW!! Awards for Knockin' on Wood!

WINNER 2005 Patterson Prize for Books for Young People

School Library Journal-Starred Review

2005-06 Masterlist-Utah Beehive Picture Book

2005-06 Masterlist-Blackeyed Susan Picture Book

2005-06 Masterlist-Florida Reading Association's Children's Book Award

2005-06 Notable Social Suties Trade Books

"Capivating!..Sprightly watercolor art aptly depicts both the poverty of Bates' early life and the colorful world of entertainment."

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 twenteth 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. His most lasting achievement might just be the extraordinary example he set for us all.

"I was equal to or better than the best of the two legged tappers. Nobody's ever caught up with me and there's a lot thats tried."

Clayton "Peg Leg" Bates 1907-1998