Knockin' On Wood

By Dance Teacher Magazine

Children will delight in Clayton ‘Peg Leg’ Bates’ inspiring story of personal triumph and professional achievement. This illustrated youngster-friendly biography chronicles his childhood love of dance, nearly thwarted by a factory accident that caused him to lose a leg at age 12. The physical limitation, however, was as insignificant an impediment as the racial bigotry that for many years kept white audiences from fully appreciating his craft. The story traces Bates’ career through his legendary performances at the famed Cotton Club and beyond. The remarkable life of this tap legend will have any young reader begging for a pair of tap shoes.