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Emmanuel's Dream


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Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah's inspiring true story-which was turned into a film, Emmanuel's Gift, narrated by Oprah Winfrey-is nothing short of remarkable.

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LAURIE THOMPSON makes her picture book debut with Emmanuel's Dream.

SEAN QUALLS is the award-winning children's book illustrator of Giant Steps to Change the World by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis-Lee; Little Cloud and Lady Wind by Toni Morrison and her son Slade; and Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston, for which he received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor. Sean also created the art for Dizzy by Jonah Winter, which received multiple starred reviews and was named an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book, and Freedom Song by Sally Walker.


"...[S]imple line drawings and stylish, expressive figures filled with layers of rich, warm color on pale, thickly painted backgrounds--capture Emmanuel's triumphs beautifully."
--Booklist "Thompson...presents a warm, matter-of-fact overview of the life of Emmanuel Ofofu Yeboah...[while] Qualls provides solid visual and emotional scaffolding for the setbacks and triumphs Yeboah faced."
--Publishers Weekly
"This powerful and winning picture book tells the story of a young man overcoming the odds."
--School Library Journal starred review

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