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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.
From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—This powerful and winning picture book tells the story of a young man overcoming the odds. Born in Ghana with a deformed left leg, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah experienced stigma as a result of his disability: his father abandoned the family, and many assumed that the boy would be little more than a burden. However, with the encouragement of his mother, Yeboah refused to give up, hopping to school (instead of walking) and even learning to play soccer and cycle, despite receiving no extra help or accommodations. Thompson's lucidly written text explains how Yeboah cycled 400 miles in 2001 to raise awareness, forever changing how Ghanaians perceived those with disabilities. The narrative is simply and clearly written, and the illustrations are skillfully rendered in charmingly emotive ink and watercolor collages. A brief author's note explains how Yeboah inspired legislation upholding equal rights for the disabled and how he continues to make strides, working with organizations that provide wheelchairs to those who need them and setting up a scholarship fund for children with disabilities. VERDICT This uplifting account will resonate with readers and supplement global and cultural studies. A triumph.—Kathryn Diman, Bass Harbor Memorial Library, Bernard, ME
Winner of the ALA Youth Media Awards Schneider Family Children's Book Award
An Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable Children's Book for 2016
Listed in CCBC Choices 2016 by the Cooperative Children's Book Center
Recipient of a 2015 Eureka Honor Award from the California Reading Association
Finalist for the 2015 Cybils Award for Elementary/Middle Grade Non-Fiction
Finalist for the 2016-2017 Georgia Children's Picturebook (Gr. K-4) Award
A Junior Library Guild selection
A FirstBook #StoriesForAll featured title
Included on the Winter 2014-2015 Kids' Indie Next List
An Amazon Editors' Best Books of the Month Pick for January
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.