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“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

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.

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

Primary ISBN: 9780449817445

Available As: Hardcover
Nonfiction, Age 05 or older

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Setting: Ghana

Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: In Home Country

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

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