Purchase to Support Our Program

Odyssey Honor for Audio Production 2022

“This powerful and winning picture book tells the story of a young man overcoming the odds…. This uplifting account will resonate with readers and supplement global and cultural studies. A triumph.”
School Library Journal, starred review

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (Wonderbook Edition)

Written by Laurie Ann Thompson and Adjoa Andoh (Narrator)
Illustrated by Sean Qualls
Published by Penguin Random House

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.

NOTE: Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah emigrated to the US and formed a nonprofit to change society by empowering people with disabilities.

NOTE: Wonderbook editions are hardcover picture books with an audiobook player embedded in the front cover. You can purchase this Wonderbook HERE.

Primary ISBN: 9781669659310
Available As: Wonderbook
Nonfiction, Age 05 or older

Community Represented:

Themes: , , , , , ,

Setting: Ghana

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: In Home Country

Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Written with Cultural Advisors

Click here for details about how we define our titles.

Engagement Projects & Resources:

Share your favorite resources for this book with info@imyourneighborbooks.org.


Curriculum Guide
Source: Author Website