By Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls
Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring actual story—which was once changed into a movie, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated through Oprah Winfrey—is not anything in need of extraordinary.
Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was once brushed off via such a lot people—but now not via his mom, who taught him to arrive for his goals. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to college greater than miles each one means, realized to play football, left domestic at age 13 to supply for his relations, and, ultimately, grew to become a bicycle owner. He rode an stunning 400 miles throughout Ghana in 2001, spreading his strong message: incapacity isn't really lack of ability. at the present time, Emmanuel keeps to paintings on behalf of the disabled.
Thompson's lyrical prose and Qualls's daring college illustrations provide a robust occasion of winning over adversity.
Includes an author's notice with additional information approximately Emmanuel's charity.
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Additional info for Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
We will in basic terms do our greatest. ” —Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Author’s notice Emmanuel nonetheless isn’t giving up. because finishing his first long-distance motorbike journey throughout Ghana in 2001 on the age of twenty-four, he has competed in significant athletic occasions, received overseas awards from Nike and ESPN, and carried the Olympic torch in Cairo, Egypt, in 2004. He starred in a documentary approximately his existence known as Emmanuel’s reward, and he seemed at the Oprah Winfrey express. In 2006, thank you largely to Emmanuel’s motorcycle trip and his persevered political activism, the Ghanaian Parliament handed the people with incapacity Act, which states that individuals with actual disabilities are entitled to the entire related rights because the remainder of the country’s electorate. “I am more than happy for my disabled brothers and sisters in Ghana,” acknowledged Emmanuel, “[but] this is often only the start. ” this day, Emmanuel maintains to paintings on behalf of the disabled. He keeps a scholarship fund to assist childrens with disabilities attend institution, and he is helping firms distribute wheelchairs to these in desire. moreover, he works heavily with Ghana’s govt to cross legislation conserving the rights of disabled voters, and he speaks to political leaders, self sustaining organisations, and schoolchildren all over the world to convey the message that incapacity does notmean lack of ability. to determine extra approximately Emmanuel and his actions, together with the growth of the varsity he's development for kids with and with out disabilities, please stopover at the Emmanuel academic origin and activities Academy (EEFSA) site at EmmanuelsDream. org. Laurie Ann Thompson is the writer of Be a Changemaker: find out how to begin anything That concerns, a how- to lead for youths who are looking to swap the area. An recommend for social justice, Laurie is devoted to inspiring and empowering younger readers. Emmanuel’s Dream is her picture-book debut. stopover at her at lauriethompson. com. Sean Qualls has illustrated many hugely acclaimed children’s books, together with vast Steps to alter the area through Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Lullaby by means of Langston Hughes, and sooner than John used to be a Jazz immense by means of Carole Boston Weatherford, which was once named a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor ebook. Sean additionally created the artwork for Dizzy by means of Jonah iciness, which got 5 starred stories, and Freedom track via Sally M. Walker. examine extra at seanqualls. com.