Emmanuel's Dream

Title

Emmanuel's Dream

Illustrator

Sean Qualls

Publisher

Random House Children's Books

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780449817445

Pages

40 pages

Genre

nonfiction

Format

picture book

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

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.

Grade Level

PK-1; K-3

Lexile Measure

AD770L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Disability and Health; Family Member Death; Homelessness; Poverty; Single Parent; Physical Disability; single mother; death of a parent; death of a mother; family tragedy; loss; transient; no home; living in poverty; financial hardship; mobility; congenital limb difference; child with a physical disability

Main Character

male child into male adult

Race/Ethnicities

Black (Ghanaian)

Family Formation

single mother

Awards

Children's Africana Book Award, 2016, Notable Book, Young Children

Keywords

perseverance; soccer; acceptance; challenge; bike; dream; respect; difference; support; courage

Diversity Impact

direct

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