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“…this book can open classroom discussions about courage, accomplishments, and the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities.” –School Library Journal

Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

Written by Laurie Ann Thompson
Illustrated by Sean Qualls
Published by Schwartz & Wade Books

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.

Primary ISBN: 9780449817445

Available As: Hardcover
Nonfiction, Age 05 or older

Community Represented:


Setting: Ghana

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Immigrant

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

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