Inspirational and great for all ages.

Summary:

Ghanian Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah was born with only one healthy leg. His right leg was deformed, and people thought he was cursed. After his father left, Emmanuel was raised by his mother, Comfort. He learned to do many things like crawl, hop, and climb trees, but he could not walk. His mother carried him to school, but then when she could no longer do that, he would hop. Slowly, Emmanuel made friends. He would play soccer by using a crutch that his grandmother gave him, and he also learned to ride a bike like his friends. 

When his mother got sick, Emmanuel (then 13) moved to Accra to find work to support his family. He served drinks to people and also shined shoes. He returned to his hometown after two years of work, but his mother had gotten sicker and eventually dies. She told him that he should never give up, be kind, and take care of his family. Her words inspired Emmanuel, who decided to ride a bike across all of Ghana. 


BTSYA / Teen Reader (14):
There are a lot of things that I like about this book. One, it is inspirational. The fact that Emmanuel was able to ride around Ghana despite only having one normal leg showed that differently-abled is not disabled. Another thing that I enjoyed its realism. This is a true story. However, I didn’t like that the book was very short (only 40 pages). The book is very interesting and I would like to have learned more.

I would recommend this book to all ages because it is very inspirational and teaches the message that even though someone may be different or disabled, he or she can do anything if they work for it. I would definitely recommend this book to someone else.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Anyone who loves inspirational stories will find themselves cheering for Emmanuel!

Content Awareness Factors:

None. 


Type of Book:
This is a picture book biography celebrating a differently-abled person.
Educational Themes:

Readers are unlikely familiar with Ghana, so this book creates a great opportunity to show them where Ghana is, introduce them to the culture, and learn about the country itself. 

What words would your readers use to describe Emanuel? what about his mother? his friends? Ask them why they chose those words. 

Reading Level:
4.4
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
9 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer’s Age: 14
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This is an inspirational story.

Title Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
Author Laurie Ann Thompson
Publisher Schwartz and Wade © 2015
Illustrators Sean Qualls
ISBN 9780449817445
Material Hard Cover
Cost $17.99
Genres Sports, Biography, Social Issues, Africa | African People
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