The Thumbtack Dancer

The Thumbtack Dancer by Lesley Tryon, illustrated by Jan Gilchrist, tells the story of Gus. He’s a young boy with a prodigious talent for energetic dance that finds expression from the minute he wakes up. The quick “tap tap tap” from the thumbtacks in his sneakers announce his presence everywhere he goes. However, he can’t attend dancing school without proper tap shoes he can’t afford. Happily his talent comes to the rescue and readers can celebrate Gus’s triumph.