By Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls

Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring precise story—which used to be became a movie, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by way of Oprah Winfrey—is not anything in need of outstanding.

Born in Ghana, West Africa, with one deformed leg, he was once brushed off through such a lot people—but now not via his mom, who taught him to arrive for his goals. As a boy, Emmanuel hopped to varsity greater than miles each one method, realized to play football, left domestic at age 13 to supply for his relatives, and, finally, grew to become a bike owner. He rode an brilliant 400 miles throughout Ghana in 2001, spreading his robust message: incapacity isn't lack of ability. this day, Emmanuel maintains to paintings on behalf of the disabled.

Thompson's lyrical prose and Qualls's daring college illustrations provide a strong get together of prevailing over adversity.

Includes an author's notice with additional information approximately Emmanuel's charity.

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He proved that one leg is sufficient to do good stuff— and one individual is sufficient to switch the area. “In this global, we aren't ideal. we will be able to basically do our greatest. ” —Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah Author’s word Emmanuel nonetheless isn’t giving up. in view that finishing his first long-distance motorcycle journey throughout Ghana in 2001 on the age of twenty-four, he has competed in significant athletic occasions, gained overseas awards from Nike and ESPN, and carried the Olympic torch in Cairo, Egypt, in 2004. He starred in a documentary approximately his existence referred to as Emmanuel’s reward, and he seemed at the Oprah Winfrey convey. In 2006, thank you largely to Emmanuel’s motorcycle experience and his persisted political activism, the Ghanaian Parliament handed the individuals with incapacity Act, which states that individuals with actual disabilities are entitled to the entire similar rights because the remainder of the country’s electorate. “I am more than pleased for my disabled brothers and sisters in Ghana,” stated Emmanuel, “[but] this can be only the start. ” at the present time, Emmanuel keeps to paintings on behalf of the disabled. He continues a scholarship fund to assist young ones with disabilities attend tuition, and he is helping organisations distribute wheelchairs to these in desire. moreover, he works heavily with Ghana’s govt to move legislation retaining the rights of disabled electorate, and he speaks to political leaders, self sufficient firms, and schoolchildren worldwide to convey the message that incapacity does notmean lack of ability. to determine extra approximately Emmanuel and his actions, together with the development of the college he's development for kids with and with no disabilities, please stopover at the Emmanuel academic origin and activities Academy (EEFSA) web site at EmmanuelsDream. org. Laurie Ann Thompson is the writer of Be a Changemaker: the best way to commence anything That concerns, a how- to steer 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 monstrous Steps to alter the realm through Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee, Lullaby by way of Langston Hughes, and ahead of John was once a Jazz colossal by means of Carole Boston Weatherford, which used to be named a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor ebook. Sean additionally created the paintings for Dizzy by means of Jonah wintry weather, which got 5 starred experiences, and Freedom track by way of Sally M. Walker. examine extra at seanqualls. com.

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