When Tammy, who has Down syndrome, comes to summer camp, Ms. Theresa has prepped her group by talking about her condition and how it affects some children. Any fears of catching the disease or of not knowing what to say are effectively alleviated by Ms. Theresa’s planning ahead. The young narrator has been asked to be Tammy’s special friend and she is a bit nervous. But soon the two are best of friends, and Tammy teaches the girl many things and helps her with her stage fright at Talent Night. The illustrations are simple and expressive. The text is a bit wordy and didactic in tone, which is too bad because books like this are important when children with special needs are incorporated into the mainstream of school or camp. The book is part of the Let’s Talk about It! series and is also being released in Spanish as Mi Amiga tiene el Síndrome de Down. Grades 2-4. --Bina Williams
"the pictures and scenarios are appropriate for primary-grade children"
Wendy Smith D'Arezzo, School Library Journal
, June 2009