Thumbs Up, Rico!

Thumbs Up, Rico!

by Maria Testa, Diane Paterson
     
 
In three separate stories, a boy with Down syndrome makes a new friend, helps his sister with a difficult decision, and finally draws a picture he likes.

Overview

In three separate stories, a boy with Down syndrome makes a new friend, helps his sister with a difficult decision, and finally draws a picture he likes.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 3-4-A three-chapter story narrated by a young boy with Down syndrome. In the first chapter, Rico really likes the way Caesar plays basketball, but Caesar will have nothing to do with him and calls him ``dummy'' the first time they meet. Their friendship unfolds as Caesar realizes that Rico plays on a team, something he would like to do himself. Next, Rico struggles with his sister's wish to go to her friend's birthday party rather than to his big play-off game. Finally, he overcomes his feelings of artistic inadequacy. After seeking help and advice from his father, mother, sister, and friends, he finds the resources within himself to improve his drawing ability. The boy's emotional growth is well developed in the simple but realistic episodes. Watercolor illustrations bring the characters to life. Their facial expressions are depicted honestly, adding to readers' overall understanding of the story.-Graciela Italiano, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Carolyn Phelan
what younger for reading aloud. Rico, a boy with Down syndrome, narrates this beginning chapter book. In the first episode, Rico befriends a boy who initially calls him "dummy." In the second, he learns to consider his sister's needs as well as his own. The third chapter concerns his dissatisfaction with his ability to draw. Testa keeps the vocabulary simple, yet communicates shades of emotion well. Both words and colorful illustrations convey the characters' feelings without sentimentality. A good read-aloud book for introducing children to Down syndrome and an involving read-alone choice for children new to chapter books.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807579060
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
04/28/1994
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
7.26(w) x 9.33(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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