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

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

Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls

Language: English

Pages: 40

ISBN: 044981744X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


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.

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activities, including the progress of the school he is building for children with and without disabilities, please visit the Emmanuel Educational Foundation and Sports Academy (EEFSA) website at EmmanuelsDream.org. 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.

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.

Comfort got very sick. She could no longer sell vegetables at the market, and Emmanuel’s sister and brother were too little to work. He would have to support them. Against his mother’s wishes, Emmanuel snuck out and boarded a midnight train to the bustling city of Accra, one hundred and fifty miles away, alone. He didn’t know it then, but it would be two years before he saw his family again. Emmanuel arrived full of hope: There were so many people! But no one would hire him. Shopkeepers and

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