Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story--which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift,
narrated by Oprah Winfrey--is nothing short of remarkable.
Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people--but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to school more than two miles each way, learned to play soccer, left home at age thirteen to provide for his family, and, eventually, became a cyclist. He rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.
Thompson's lyrical prose and Qualls's bold collage illustrations offer a powerful celebration of triumphing over adversity.
Includes an author's note with more information about Emmanuel's charity.Author:
Laurie Ann ThompsonPublisher:
Schwartz & Wade BooksPublished:
11.30h x 9.20w x 0.50dISBN:
Ages 4-8Accelerated Reader:Reading Level:
Lower GradeQuiz #/Name:
171665 / Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu YeboahReview Citation(s): Publishers Weekly
02/15/2015 pg. 72School Library Journal
03/01/2015 pg. 174Horn Book Magazine
03/01/2015 pg. 126Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks
About the Author
Laurie Ann Thompson is the author of Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters, a how-to guide for teens who want to change the world. An advocate for social justice, Laurie is dedicated to inspiring and empowering young readers. Emmanuel's Dream is her picture-book debut. Visit her at lauriethompson.com.
Sean Qualls has illustrated many highly acclaimed children's books, including Giant Steps to Change the World
by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Lullaby
by Langston Hughes, and Before John Was a Jazz Giant
by Carole Boston Weatherford, which was named a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. Sean also created the art for Dizzy
by Jonah Winter, which received five starred reviews, and Freedom Song
by Sally M. Walker. Learn more at seanqualls.com.