Jahkil, Tap Dancer, with Leslie Tryon at ALA in Chicago

Jan Spivey Gilchrist modeled The Thumbtack Dancer, Gus, after Jahkil. While at the American Library Association Conference and Exhibition in late June 2017, Leslie and Jahkil shared a tapping stage on the exhibition floor.

In honor of Ashley Bryan’s 94th birthday today, we wanted to note that this book is dedicated to him by Leslie and he can be heard performing the story by accessing the QRC on the back cover. Happy Birthday, Ashley Bryan!

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