Thumbs Up, Rico!

31Nu5zxNUEL._BO1,204,203,200_Thumbs Up, Rico!
By Maria Testa
Illustrated by Diane Paterson
Published by  Albert Whitman

Ages 9 and up
Hardcover

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The first time I met Caesar, he was playing basketball down at the playground.  I really wanted to like him.  I wanted to like him a lot.  But the first time I met Caesar, I didn’t like him at all.  In three separate stories, Rico, a boy with Down Syndrome, makes a new friend, helps his sister with a difficult decision, and finally draws a picture he likes.

Awards & Accolades
• Blue Chip Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio, Best Books for Children

“Testa’s phrasing is simplicity itself, yet she portrays Rico’s emotions and his self-reliant approach to problems with poignant subtlety.  Paterson’s broadly rendered realistic paintings, which appear on a majority of the spreads, enhance appeal.  An upbeat story that will find many uses, as a hi-lo, a young reader, or a readaloud.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“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.”  —Booklist

“The boy’s emotional growth is well developed in the simple but realistic episodes.”  —School Library Journal