By Laura Ennis, BK Story Voyager Librarian
Emmanuel’s Dream is a wonderful book about a man who never gave up.
By Laurie Ann Thompson & Sean Qualls
Grade level: K–2 (for those 4–8 years old)
Emmanuel’s Dream is the true story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah. The book takes the reader on a journey of forming a dream through the effort to make it a reality. Emmanuel was born in Ghana in 1977 with a deformed leg. At that time in Ghana, people with disabilities were often considered to be a curse; many believed that one should not raise a child with a disability. However, Emmanuel’s mother, Comfort, loved her son and taught him the power of perseverance. Emmanuel refused to be judged for his difference. After a tragic event, Emmanuel decided to ride 410 miles on a bike around Ghana: he was going to change the way people in Ghana viewed people with disabilities. During the ride he wore a shirt depicting a flag of Ghana and the words, “The Pozo” or the “Disabled Person.” He completed his trip in just ten days. Emmanuel’s dream came true, and today he continues to fight for the rights of people with disabilities.
Emmanuel’s Dream is a wonderful book about a man who never gave up. The second–fifth grade students who read this book were all moved by Emmanuel’s accomplishments. Today, Emmanuel is helping to build schools for students with or without disabilities in Ghana.