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Winner of the 1999 UNESCO prize and IBBY's Outstanding Books for Young People with Disabilities award, Sosu's Call by Ghanaian author/illustrator Meshack Asare is a story of heroism and resolve. Sosu is all alone in his family's compound when disaster strikes. The waters are rising, and most of the people of the village are in the fields. The only ones left are the very ol ...more
Hardcover, 37 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Kane/Miller Book Publishers (first published 1997)
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Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories About Disability & Prejudice
Originally released in 1997 by the Accra-based Sub-Saharan Publishers, and then reprinted in this American edition in 2002 by Kane/Miller, Sosu's Call was chosen as the 1999 first place winner of the UNESCO Prize for Children's & Youth's Literature in the Service of Tolerance, in the "Books for Young Children" category, and it is not difficult to see why. A poignant tale of a disabled young boy, Sosu, growing up in a small fishing village located on a narrow strip of land between ocean and lagoo ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
A winning story about tolerance and courage from Ghanaian author/illustrator Meshack Asare. Young Sosu is physically challenged and often looked down upon in his small fishing village who fear he will anger the spirits with his presence. Loved by his family, and especially his faithful dog, Sosu still languishes without being able to attend school or find meaningful ways to contribute to the village. Until one day when his village begins to flood. The able-bodied members of the village are away ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-baby
A wonderful story with beautiful illustrations. A bit long for my almost-four-month-old's attention span, but it's not aimed at newborns, so that's on me.
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Somewhere on a narrow strip of land between the sea and the lagoon, there is a small village. Some say it used to be bigger, ...

There's lots to like about this story. It portrays another way of life, another country, another culture. And in this culture, people fear the presence of a boy who doesn't have the use of his legs. The watercolor illustrations capture the essence of the story (and the palette is reminiscent of Andrew Wyeth, about whom I just read).

While this is a picture book, it's not
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
A crippled boy saves his African village by drumming. Reminded me of The Hero of Bremen by Margaret Hodges. A Reading Rainbow book.
Luis Ivan
Meh, la historia de un niño que no podía caminar y salvó un pueblo africano.
Deja Hall
The genre of this text is realistic fiction, and it gives the reader a sense of hope and proudness for those that may have a disability. At the beginning of the story, I felt that Sosu's life was limited due to his lack of wheelchair and the traditional attitudes toward the disabled. Some people in his village felt he would bring bad luck, and some were terrified of his appearance. Set in a nameless West African village, this purposeful book may encourage discussion about living conditions for d ...more
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Feb 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: international
Summary: Sosu lives in a village in Ghana right on the shore of a lagoon. Though Sosu's legs aren't strong enough to walk on, he saves the village when it is threatened by a devastating storm.

Response: The story has beautiful figurative language describing the village, the storm, the sounds of the drum. The illustrations look like watercolors, and they convey the motion of the villagers running to save their neighbors from the storm and the emotions on Sosu's face as he faces this dire situation
An excellent picture book (not just for children) about a brave boy who overcomes ostracism, and who does not allow his disability to prevent him from performing a heroic action that leads to the saving of many lives, when a terrible storm hits his village. The author, Meshack Asare, is from Ghana, and Sosu's Call was originally published in Ghana.

This book is a good choice for allowing children to experience stories about other children living in different geographical area, in different cultur
Kelli Ryne
Jul 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
This book touches on so many themes, it is hard to decide which theme to emphasize. Sosu's Call received first prize for UNESCO's Children's and Youth's Literature in the Service of Tolerance. It's a good lesson in tolerance of those who are physically different, in particular, those with disabilities. It would be a good book when teaching the various results and members of the Civil Rights movement in the United States. It would also be a fantastic resource for illuminating African cultures. It ...more
Jun 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a beautifully written picture book! Sosu is disabled, unable to walk so the villagers are unkind to him. Because he can't walk, he is unable to attend school. Fortunately, he has a lovely, supportive family and a devoted dog. Ultimately, Sosu is able to save his village and prove his worth in spite of his disability. While the illustrations would not normally be my favorite, they suited the tone and theme of this book quite well. Wonderful read to share about disabilities.
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a great book to read to children about conquering their fears, never giving up and looking for solutions to problems. If Sosu would have not done something to alert the villagers her could have died along with the others who were there. It also showed the determination of a child who had been ridiculed because he was different. Although he was unable to walk his still was able to become a hero.
Jun 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A book that would not have been originally published in the U.S.(Thanks Kane/Miller for bringing this one here!). I am grateful that Sub-Saharan Press did publish it first. Sosu has a physical disability and a social one as well -- the people of his village. He becomes a hero proving that it sometimes takes a child to educate a village.
Jun 03, 2008 rated it liked it
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Robyn Simmons
Oct 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: primary readers
Shelves: folklore
This story tells about a young boy who lives in a small village. He is known as a lazy boy who brings bad luck to his father. During a storm, the elderly people pf the village must care for the young children. It's up to Sosu to showcase his talent and do something...
Edward Sullivan
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books, africa
A beautiful, inspiring story about empowerment and overcoming limitations set in Africa.
The Styling Librarian
Sosu’s Call by Meshack Asare – all ages – Here is a book I was incredibly grateful to read. Addresses intolerance, presumptions, prejudice, superstitions and community needs. Powerful.
Linda Atkinson
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Winner 1999 UNESCO children's & Youth Literature in the Service of Tolerance with wonderful illustrations. ...more
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A 2001 IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities
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see also Margaret Hodge's THE WAVE.
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Meshack Asare (born 1945) is a popular African children's author. He was born in Ghana and currently resides in Degenfeld, Germany.

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