Emmanuel's Dream

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Emmanuel's Dream

The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

By Laurie Thompson; Sean Qualls (Illustrator)

Schwartz & Wade Books, Hardcover, 9780449817445, 40pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

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.

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."