Review: Emmanuel’s Dream

Posted on February 5, 2015

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black history bannerFebruary is Black History Month

In observance of Black History Month, Advice from a Caterpillar spotlights new releases in nonfiction picture books that celebrate achievements of African Americans and the heroic deeds of two Africans who changed the world. In this book, a young man from West Africa defies all the odds and changes the world.

Emmanuels Dream coverEmmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah
Written by Laurie Ann Thompson
Illustrated by Sean Qualls
Schwartz & Wade
January 2015
40 pages

Emmanuel was born with one leg instead of two. As a child in Ghana, West Africa, he didn’t know the meaning of the word “disabled.” All he knew was that he had to survive. He hopped to school. He played soccer on crutches. He even learned how to ride a bike. When his mother became ill, Emmanuel traveled to the city to find work to support his family. People wouldn’t hire him at first but that didn’t stop him. Emmanuel overcame all the obstacles because he had a big dream. He planned to bicycle across Ghana to show the world that disabled people can do anything. Sean Qualls uses color-splashed patterns against stonewashed backgrounds to illustrate the struggles and triumphs of this courageous young man. Emmanuel’s Dream is a compelling true story that will touch your heart and change your mind.

Copyright (c) 2015 by Peggy Tibbetts

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