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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Leo the Late Bloomer

"Leo the Late Bloomer" by Robert Kraus, 1971

This is one of those early social-emotional picture book that has stood the test of time. Leo is a young tiger who struggles with learning to read, learning to draw, and learning to write. He was messy and had a difficult time communicating.

Leo's Mommy and Daddy waited and watched patiently for Leo to "bloom". Several seasons passed, "Then one day, in his own good time, Leo bloomed! He could read! He could write! He could draw! He ate neatly! He also spoke. And it wasn't just one word. It was a whole sentence. And that sentence was...'I made it!'"

I think this book is wonderful for all children. Even children who are not late bloomers can learn early about empathizing with other children who have struggled or are struggling.




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