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

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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!
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!
Patrick Hamill
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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
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.
Liv Nash
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elementary-books
This is a great book to teach students with or without disabilities about disabilities. It teaches that if you continue to work and don't give up, it doesn't matter if you have a disability. It encourages inclusion and support of all people.
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!
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
A picture book biography about the childhood and work Emmanuel Ofoso Yeboah has done on the behalf of disabled persons. He grew up in Ghana where most people thought he would be useless due to the fact that he was born with only one functioning leg, and one twisted leg. His mother, however, believed in her son and let him know that he could have anything, but he'd have to find a way to get it for himself. She supported him, but wouldn't do things for him because of his disability.

After his mothe
Sara Grochowski
Emmanuel's Dream tells the story of a young boy born in Ghana who overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to prove that disabled does not mean unable. In Ghana, individuals who are differently abled are often seen as useless or cursed, but Emmanuel never let that stand in his way. Despite having only one leg, he attended school, hopping two miles each way, earned money to support his family, without having to beg, and bicycled 400 miles in just ten days in an attempt to change the conversation a ...more
Angie Schaefer Ellefson
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book tells the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, who was born with only one leg in Ghana, where a disability is often seen as a curse. Abandoned by his father, but loved and encouraged by his mother, Emmanuel earns the respect of classmates by doing things himself. He hops two miles to and from school each day, plays soccer, and learns to ride a bike. He becomes a national hero when he rides 400 miles across Ghana to spread his message- disability does not mean inability. This book is an ...more
Sandy Bledsoe
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Non-fiction, biography
Awesome book to inspire children that: One person can change the world. This book is an inspiring true story of Emmanuel Yeboah, who rode a bicycle for four hundred miles across Ghana with only one strong leg to spread his powerful message: disability does not mean inability. The back of the book includes information that Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled. I enjoyed reading this book and it would be a good book to read to younger elementary students. It c
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
This story is amazing for kids with disabilities, it highlights the strengths and struggles Emmanuel had throughout his life. The pictures showcase African art, and styles. The story line is smooth and simple enough for elementary kids to understand. Since this story is based on a real story and person, it helps students feel empowered to do anything they set their mind to, and is a very inspiring picture book and biography.
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.
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: africa, inspirational
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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.
Nancy Kotkin
Very inspiring picture book biography of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a disabled young man from Ghana who bicycled nearly 400 miles in just ten days though he has only one functional leg. According to the back matter, he continues to work to spread his message: "Disability does not mean inability." Mixed media illustrations.
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
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
The true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring struggle with adversity.

Emmanuel was born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg. His father left him and his mother in disgrace, and most people looked down on Emmanuel. 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 never gave up on his dreams only because of his mother's wise words and push in life. She
“In this world, we are not perfect. We can only do our best.” These are the words of the true story hero, Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, whose courage is beautifully captured in Laurie Ann Thompson’s picture book, Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (2015). In fact, as Thompson’s uplifting biography details, Emmanuel’s “best” involves him proving to “everyone that being disabled does not mean being unable.” Born with only one strong leg, Emmanuel showed the world that not only is o ...more
Peggy Tibbetts
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Emmanuel was born with one leg instead of two. As a child in Ghana, West Africa, he didn’t know the meaning of the word “disabled.” All he knew was that he had to survive. He hopped to school. He played soccer on crutches. He even learned how to ride a bike. When his mother became ill, Emmanuel traveled to the city to find work to support his family. People wouldn’t hire him at first but that didn’t stop him. Emmanuel overcame all the obstacles because he had a big dream. He planned to bicycle a ...more
Anna Smith
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Story Summary: Emmanuel is a young boy who is disabled all throughout his schooling he was made fun of for not being able to play sports like they can. So one day he wrote a letter to ask for a special bicycle and he received one along with clothing and gear. He bikes over 400 miles to show his community that disabled people can do more than what is expected of them. This is a true story and very inspiring.
Grade Level: 1st-5th
Individual: A student with disabilities or a child who does't underst
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
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