As Emmanuel grew, his mother told him he could do anything, but despite learning how to crawl and hop, how to do chores, and even earn some money, most people just told Emmanuel to beg. Here, however, was a strong, determined boy, who managed to get himself to school two miles away, and who even learned to play soccer after saving enough money to buy a ball, aided by the crutches his grandmother found him.
When his mother passed away, Emmanuel realized he would have to support his family. But the memory of her last words, "don't give up" rang in his ears and Emmanuel came up with a plan to show the world that disabled does not mean unable. He boldly wrote a letter to the Challenged Athletes Foundation in San Diego, California and they generously responded by sending Emmanuel a bicycle, complete with helmet, shorts, socks and gloves. Before long, he had mastered riding.
Now, Emmanuel was ready to begin his 400 mile bike ride through Ghana, raising awareness and support for all the disabled people in his country. He talked to everyone who would listen about his mission and hopes for the disabled. Emmanuel soon became a national hero. Oh, and he completed his 400 mile journey in just 10 days!
What a remarkable young man Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah is. Not only did he raise awareness that people with disabilities are valuable members of society who can do great things, but he shows the young reader how one person can take action and actually change the world.
The writing in Emmanuel's Dream is fluid and spare, sometimes sounding like free verse poetry, sometimes like poetic prose, but it all works together. Sean Qualls' mixed media folk art inspired illustrations are done in a palette of bold mat mainly oranges, browns, and turquoise blues, on a pale peach background, giving the sense of being in a warm, tropical climate.
|Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah and|
his bike today
If Emmanuel's Dream isn't an inspiration for young readers, I don't know what would be. This is a wonderful book that should not be missed, but shared with kids in schools, home schools, libraries and personal libraries everywhere.
This book is recommended for readers age 5+
This book was borrowed from a friend
This is book 4 of my 2015 Nonfiction Picture Book Reading Challenge hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy