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Emmanuel's dream : the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah / by Laurie Ann Thompson ; illustrated by Sean Qualls.

By: Thompson, Laurie Ann.
Contributor(s): Qualls, Sean [illustrator.].
Material type: TextTextEdition: First edition.Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780449817445; 044981744X; 9780449817452; 0449817458.Subject(s): Yeboah, Emmanuel Ofosu, 1977- -- Juvenile literature | Yeboah, Emmanuel Ofosu, 1977- | Yeboah, Emmanuel Ofosu, 1977- | Yeboah, Emmanuel Ofosu, 1977- | People with disabilities -- Ghana -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Cyclists -- Ghana -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | People with disabilities -- Ghana -- Biography | Cyclists -- Ghana | JUVENILE NONFICTION -- Biography & Autobiography -- Social Activists | JUVENILE NONFICTION -- People & Places -- Africa | JUVENILE NONFICTION -- Social Topics -- Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance | Cyclists | People with disabilities | People with disabilities -- Ghana -- Biography | Cyclists -- Biography | Ghana -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Ghana -- Biography | Ghana | Ghana -- Biography | GhanaGenre/Form: Picture books. | Picture books for children. | Biographies. | Biography. | Juvenile works. | Biographies.DDC classification: 362.4092 | B
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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.
Awards: Schneider Family Children's Book Award, 2016Summary: 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.
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CML Easy Fiction University of Texas At Tyler
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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.

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.

Schneider Family Children's Book Award, 2016

Reviews provided by Syndetics

Library Journal Review

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 © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Author notes provided by Syndetics

LAURIE THOMPSON makes her picture book debut with Emmanuel's Dream .<br> <br> SEAN QUALLS is the award-winning children's book illustrator of Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis-Lee; Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison and her son Slade; and Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Sean also created the art for Dizzy by Jonah Winter, which received multiple starred reviews and was named an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, and Freedom Song by Sally Walker.

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