Monday, February 17, 2014

Recommended Picture Book: Knockin' On Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates

Title: Knockin' on Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates

Author: Lynne Barasch

Illustrator: Lynne Barasch

Publisher: Lee & Low, (reprint edition) September 1, 2012

Topics: People and Cultures: African-American, Biography - Clayton 'Peg Leg' Bates, People with Disabilities, Tap Dancing, Overcoming Adversities, Discrimination

Age: 7 - 10

Opening: Back in 1912 in South Carolina, when Clayton was just five years old, he danced every chance he got.

Summary: 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 the age of twelve, no one thought he would ever walk again, let alone dance. But he proved that his peg leg could tap just as good as any!

Find a teacher's guide for the book at the publisher's website.

What I like about the book:
 I love a book that teaches me something for the first time! I have never heard of Peg Leg Bates before until I read "Knockin' on Wood." I was moved by his extraordinary will to live life to the fullest and go after his dream. His determination helped him turn his misfortune into triumph, setting an example for those who may or may not be dealing with a disability.

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