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

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  2,069 ratings  ·  451 reviews
This picture book biography tells the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who bicycled across Ghana--nearly 400 miles--with only one leg. With that achievement he forever changed how his country treats people with disabilities, and he shows us all that one person is enough to change the world.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Schwartz & Wade
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Edward Sullivan
Inspiring story about a boy in Ghana considered cursed for being born with a deformed leg who goes on to become an activist for the rights of disabled people.
Conrad Wesselhoeft
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A story of humility and courage written in prose as spare and powerful as the dream itself. Simply astonishing! Go, Emmanuel!
Margo Tanenbaum

This inspiring picture book by author Laurie Ann Thompson tells the moving true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a young man born with a severe disability in rural Ghana who nonetheless bicycled across the entire country, raising awareness for disabled people throughout Africa and around the world.

The book opens with a touching tableau--a beautiful baby boy has been born, but with only one strong leg. We can see the despair in the father's posture and the fear in the mother's eyes as she looks a
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Love these inspiring true stories! Emmanuel showed his country and the world that being disabled doesn't mean being unable to do anything. Imagine--he rode a bicycle across Ghana, with only one leg! I couldn't do it with two! This is a perfect readaloud for a summer Olympics year. Now I've got to dig up the documentary about this man. Highly recommended!
Rachel Watkins
It's important to teach our children that being different is an opportunity. This beautiful picture book does just that. Social justice efforts are incredibly worthwhile and should be an integral part of each person's life. Read this book to show younger generations that anything is possible.
Brenda Kahn
This inspirational picture book biography is simply and beautifully told, enhanced bold, emotional collage illustrations. Author's note includes information about Emmanuel's charity.
This book starts off a sad true story but it becomes uplifting amazing story of courage and perseverance!
Vernon Area Public Library KIDS
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
What an inspirational person! This picture book biography of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah is nominated for the 2019 Monarch Award, an Illinois K-3 Readers Choice Award. Emmanuel was born with one leg that didn't work as it should, but that didn't stop him. In fact, it made him try even harder. After he became too heavy for his Mom to carry to school, he hopped there (two miles) on one leg! Read this book to learn about more of the amazing accomplishments of this amazing young man.

Reviewed by Lisa Colem
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Emmanuel was born in Ghana, West Africa, with a deformed leg. His father left the family but his mother continued to encourage Emmanuel to make something of himself. Emmanuel taught himself to crawl and hop, so he was able to hop the two miles to school and then hop all the way back home at the end of the day. At school kids would not play with him at first, so he saved up his money to buy a new soccer ball that he shared with the others as long as they let him play too. Soon he was playing socc ...more
Abby Johnson
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is an inspiring story about a child who learned to cope with a disability in a place where there were very few resources available to him. The text succinctly explains that in Ghana many people thought that people with disabilities couldn't do anything or might even be cursed. Emmanuel went on to become an athlete and an advocate for people with disabilities, helping to make changes in Ghana that made life better for people with disabilities.

Expressive art shows emotion throughout Emmanuel
Dec 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Emmanuel's Dream is an inspirational story about a boy who refuses to be overcome by his disability. Others tell him he should just become a beggar, but he is determined to be the best he can be. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, and the story flows well. Students will find hope and strength in Emmanuel's strong, resilient spirit.
Joyce Yattoni
#bookaday What a wonderful true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah born with a disfigured leg in Ghana. At the time of his birth some people believed it was a curse. This is a story about perseverance and the belief that YOU can change the world. Eventually, his political activism helped to pass the Person's with Disabilities Act.

Great story for growth mindset lesson, Genius Hour.
Mississippi Library Commission
Beautiful true story about one man who didn't give up, no matter the odds. Loved the text, loved the illustrations, loved the story--picture book trifecta.
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inspirational, africa
This book will make everyone do this:

Patrick Hamill
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Dani Kraft
This book is amazing! It gives a REAL LIFE example of children having to deal with struggles in their life. Emmanuel is a strong boy who can do more than even I! He loses his mother and is forced to take care of his entire family. He does this and more! Emmanuel is an inspiration for all. Even some adults couldn't do what Emmanuel did!

Emmanuel’s Dream//Laurie Ann Thompson

I will have all of the children again sit down on the rug. I then will ask them this question “Who here knows what they would
Ms. Cofield
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wow-books
Emmanuel's Dream is a beautifully written and illustrated picture book biography for K-5 students. This book can spark conversations in any elementary classroom about perseverance, especially because Emmanuel, the man the biography is written about, experienced triumph in more ways than one in his lifetime.

This book is a WOW for me because of how the author details his life to us and makes Emmanuel out to be a true hero and a man of distinguish. The sacrifices he made for those he loved is honor
Autumn Fields
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Emmanuel's Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson is a remarkable bibliographical book about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's life as he overcomes living life with a deformed leg. Emmanuel was born in Ghana, West Africa and raised by his mother. When Emmaneul's peers doubted his abilities with a deformed leg, his mother reminded him to follow his dreams. Emmanuel conquers many inspiring adventures as a child, and especially as a teenager and adult. Emmanuel's displays a powerful and is sure to encourage everyone t ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
ONE PERSON CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. This true story shows this completely. Born with a useless leg, Emmanuel was treated as and considered a beggar with no worth, but he wanted to EARN his way in the world. This story shows how he really did make a difference, by proving to everyone that physical disabilities do not change a person's worth. He biked - with one leg - for 400 miles across Ghana and had it recorded. Because of his persistence and drive, Ghana's disability laws were changed! This book ...more
This book was beautiful and inspiring and the artwork was to die for. I had no idea that this was based on the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. It was interesting to learn how other countries treat those individuals that are differently-abled. Most are forced to beg for anything that they want. It was heartbreaking to see and understand that reality; however, it was rewarding to see a individual that refused to let him being differently-abled define what he could and could not do. I'll defin ...more
Amanda Pershke
Apr 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm-335
This is a biography about Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah who is born in Ghana with only one leg. He pushed through his disability to follow his dream of biking around his country and succeeded. He inspired other people with disabilities along the way to go after their goals and dreams despite the prejudices of others. I would use this in the classroom as a way to teach about historical figures and teaching students that they can follow their dreams despite the difficulties they may face. Students need to ...more
Emmanuel's story is really inspiring, but unfortunately this book was too short to be more than a summary: 'he didn't accept that disabled people should be treated differently, so he cycled around the country'. I understand it is a picture book and they aren't very long, but I could definitely see myself being left hungry if I had read that as a kid.
Juli Anna
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
An inspiring story told in bright prose with charming illustrations. This should be in every library and on every household's bookshelf.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Emmanuel is inspiring for young & old. “In this world, we are not perfect. We can only do our best.”
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely amazing man.
This is such an inspirational book. This is so important for everyone to read. Monarch 2019 nominee.
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very inspiring. Emmanuel not only thrives with his disability, but helps his family despite being young, and manages to make a difference to others.
Missy Matula
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such an inspiration. I wasn't familiar with the story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah but what an inspiration to individuals with disabilities and without everywhere. I loved the part in the book where it said disability doesn't mean unable. This picture book was a beautiful portrayal of the life of Emmanuel and how one person can change the world. It was a book about perseverance and how we can change the perspectives of others and how they see disability.
Ellis Lewkowicz
This trade book is a true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. He biked across Ghana for about 400 miles, with one leg only. I really liked this book and the message the book gives to people out there who are scared to encounter people with disabilities and how they should treat them. I personally think this is a book to remind readers that people with disabilities are just like us.
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Laurie writes for children of all ages. She is dedicated to inspiring and empowering young readers through nonfiction and fiction that educates as well as entertains.
“In this world, we are not perfect. We can only do our best.” —Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah” 1 likes
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