by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls - £13.99 Random House USA Inc (Schwartz & Wade) (2015)
hardback ISBN 13: 9780449817445 | ISBN 10: 044981744x
Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah’s inspiring true story — which was turned into a film, Emmanuel’s Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey — is nothing short of remarkable.
Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was dismissed by most people — but not by his mother, who taught him to reach for his dreams. 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 rode an astonishing four hundred miles across Ghana in 2001, spreading his powerful message: disability is not inability. Today, Emmanuel continues to work on behalf of the disabled.
Thompson’s lyrical prose and Qualls’s bold collage illustrations offer a powerful celebration of triumphing over adversity.
Includes an author’s note with more information about Emmanuel’s charity.
Recommended for readers aged 4-8 years
(Price & availability last checked: March 2019)
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