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Thumbs Up, Rico! by Maria Testa
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Thumbs Up, Rico!

by Maria Testa

Other authors: Diane Paterson (Illustrator)

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"Thumbs Up, Rico!" is a short chapter book about a young boy with down syndrome. Rico does not let his disability control his life. Rico makes friends, plays basketball, deals with his emotions, and draws. Rico ignores first impressions when meeting Caeser. He knows if they get to know each other better they could be friends. Rico shows Caeser how good he is at basketball. His sister Nina never misses a game. Until one day Nina is invited to a sleep over. Rico is upset she will miss this playoff game, but he knows Nina loves him and he loves his sister very much. Rico later gains the confidence to draw himself dunking a basketball and hangs his picture for others to see. Rico overcomes hardships and experiences the same things any other person would. "Thumbs Up, Rico!" shows that everyone is different, but also the same and with hard work and determination anyone can succeed and gain confidence and self esteem. ( )
  sschilling | Nov 13, 2017 |
Rico is a young boy with down syndrome and "Thumbs up, Rico!" is a chapter book of moments in his day to day life. He befriends a boy without disabilities, he's a good brother, and he learns to draw things he is passionate about. You wouldn't know Rico had down syndrome if he didn't tell you and if the illustrations of Rico didn't have the appearance of certain down syndrome features. He is portrayed as any other boy learning new things and building his self esteem. ( )
  maturne2 | Nov 10, 2016 |
"Thumbs up, Rico" by Maria Testa is a sweet chapter book showing how a child who has down syndrome can play with friends who do not, and overcome his disability. In the first chapter, Rico learns how to make friends with someone despite first impressions. Caesar did not like Rico at first and called him "dumb". Although Rico did not like Caesar's comments, Rico still wanted to be friends with Caesar so that they could play basketball together. Caesar learns about how good Rico is at basketball and the two become good friends. The second chapter is about how Rico learns to compromise and deal with emotions. Rico and his sister, Nina, are the best of friends. Nina is at all of Rico's basketball games cheering him on. One day Nina was invited to a sleep over party the same day as Rico's playoff game. The fact that Nina did not know which event she wanted to go to upset Rico, and he instinctually reacted with anger and grief towards Nina. At the end of the chapter, Rico realizes how much he does love his sister, and how much she loves him, and he lets her go to her friend's party with out being upset about it. The third chapter shows Rico overcoming the idea that he cannot draw. Everyday week in art class, Rico is unsure of what he wants to draw, and never hangs his art on the wall. Until one day, Rico is inspired to draw a picture of himself making a slam dunk in basketball. Rico realizes that he loves his picture and that he can draw when the subject interests him. All chapters in the book positively portrayed Rico overcoming some challenges he may face having down syndrome. I think this book would be a great for students to better understand what down syndrome is by being able to see that a child with down syndrome is still a child and also enjoys having fun. ( )
  olivia.sanchez | Apr 25, 2016 |
Rico is a young boy with down syndrome, but he does not let this hinder him from doing what makes him happy and meeting new people. In this short chapter book, we follow Rico through different points throughout his life and get to see how he reacts to different situations. The first chapter we meet Caesar who does not want to be friends with Rico when they meet for the first time on the basketball court. Rico is called a dummy and leaves crying and upset that Caesar does not want to be friends because of his disability. Even though Caesar shoots down the friendship at first, this does not stop Rico from trying and pursuing this friendship. Caesar finally accepts Rico as his buddy and friend because they are able to bond over their common interest of basketball. The second chapter is focused on Rico and his relationship with his sister. Nina and Rico are closely bonded and love each other very much. Nina has always been there for Rico, but one day she is invited to a sleepover. This invitation is the same time as Rico's big basketball game and Rico is hurt that she is choosing the sleepover over him. This is also a big decision and causes Nina a lot of grief having to decide what to do. They both have to look at the problem and decide what needs to be done, together. The third book is about Rico at school and dealing with a challenging time. He is struggling with art and feels that he is not good at this subject. His teacher suggests that it is not that he is not "good" at drawing, but is about finding something that he loves and using that in his drawing. Until he learns what this is, he struggles. Finally when he learns this, he "unlocks" his artistic side and is able to really let loose.
Thumbs Up, Rico is a great book that shows readers that just because Rico has down syndrome does not mean that he can not do what every other student can. Disabilities should not focus on what the students CANT do, but what they CAN do. This should be no matter if they need accommodations or anything else. I think that this also portrayed a student with a disability in a very good way as well. Many times books do not really capture the essence of a person, but this did a great job. ( )
  mlanford3 | Apr 19, 2016 |
"Thumbs Up, Rico" is a awesome book for children and for people to teach their children about people with don syndrome. The story is told in first person and at the point of view of Rico, a child with down syndrome. The book is also told with three different chapters that each go into detail about a short tale in Rico's life. The first chapter talks about how Rico makes a friend out of a enemy name Caesar. When Rico and Caesar first meet on the basketball court Caesar hates Rico so much. He call him dumb and tells him he's not his friend. Rico is hurt by Caesar's words, but that does not stop him from trying to make peace with Caesar. Every time Rico see's Caesar from that point in he tells him hello and tries to be nice to him. Eventually Caesar finds friendship in Rico and they become the best of friends. The second and third chapters revolve around Rico also solving difficult problem. He has to help his sister with a hard decision and he has to become better at art work, his least favorite subject. "Thumbs Up, Rico" is a great book to teach children that people with down syndrome can do the same things as people without down syndrome;They just do it differently sometimes. It also teaches children that just because someone is different from you does not mean you should be mean to them or belittle them. ( )
  twalsh | Mar 17, 2016 |
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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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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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