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

By Laurie Ann Thompson

Publisher: Schwartz & Wade
ISBN: 978-0449817445
MY HERO recommends this book to children readers.
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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