"An upbeat story that will find many uses, as a hi-lo, a young reader, or a readaloud. (Fiction. 5-11)"
Rico, who has Down syndrome, creates a likable self-portrait in three brief chapters. ``The First Time I Met Caesar,'' he explains, the other boy called him ``Dummy'' and ridiculed his playing basketball, but after several encounters Rico's persistent cheerfulness—and real ability with the ball—enables the two to make friends.
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