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Emmanuel抯 Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah

by Laurie Ann Thompson
Illustrated by Sean Qualls

Published by Schwartz & Wade, 2015
32 pages
ISBN: 978𢠦49817445

Ages 69

Born with only one functioning leg, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah grew up with a mother who focused on his abilities. 揌e learned to crawl and hop, to fetch water and climb coconut trees. When he grew too heavy for her to carry, he hopped two miles to school and two miles home again. 揈mmanuel had a sharp mind, a bold heart, and one strong leg. At 13, he left home for the city of Accra in Ghana to earn money to help support his family. Time and again he encountered people who assumed he couldn抰 do much because of his disability. After his mother抯 death, he decided to honor her last words by showing that being disabled doesn抰 mean being unable, and, after much organization and planning, embarked on a bike ride across Ghana: 400 miles in 10 days, with one strong leg. An understated narrative emphasizes Emmanuel抯 spirit and persistence in addition to his physical abilities, while the stylized illustrations are full of emotion. An author抯 note tells of Emmanuel抯 continued disability rights activism.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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