Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Leo the Late Bloomer


Leo the Late Bloomer. Written by Robert Kraus and illustrated by Jose Aruego. HarperCollins, c. 1971.

Reading Level: 120L

Synopsis: Leo the tiger was a late bloomer.  His father was very worried about him, but his mother assured him Leo was fine.  Leo’s father would have to wait patiently until Leo was ready to read, write, and draw.

Rationale for Use: This book could be used to make children aware that everyone develops differently and that it is okay to be a late bloomer.

Content Area Connections: Development, growth, setting up a comfortable learning environment

Possible Problems or Concerns: May make the late bloomers in the classroom feel uncomfortable or targeted if not introduced properly.

~GinaMarie Gambella


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This entry was posted on November 24, 2012 by in Picturebooks.

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