A picture book version of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's true story. He was born in Ghana, West Africa, with a malformed leg. He faced major prejudice and scorn, but his mother believed in him. Emmanuel never gave up, even learning how to ride a bike. When his mother fell ill, he supported his family at the age of 13! But he had bigger dreams and wanted to spread the word that a disability is not inability. He drummed up support, received a bicycle and took his message on a 400 mile journey. Now Ghana has passed a Persons with Disability Act to provide the same rights to the disabled.
I think this is a fantastic story to share with elementary students. It broadens their horizons in multiple ways and illustrates admirable qualities such as persistence and bravery. The illustrations are just ok, I would have like to have seen more vivid and striking artwork, especially if I want to draw students into the story. I think students would also really like to see photographs at the end of the story. (Though a larger lesson could incorporate images and movie clips from the internet).
EL –ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.