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Leo the Late Bloomer

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  7,073 ratings  ·  388 reviews
Leo isn't reading, or writing, or drawing, or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo's mother isn't. She knows her son will do all those things, and more, when he's ready. 'Reassuring for other late bloomers, this book is illustrated with beguiling pictures.' -- Saturday Review.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 19th 1994 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 1900)
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Memories of childhood reads bubbling up in my mind. This one was a favorite. I must have checked it out at the library a bazillion times. I remember the kind librarian softly asking me: "Aaron, are you a late bloomer?"

I didn't know what to say back to her. But the book made me feel whole.
Joy Colclasure
This was my first time ever reading this book. It was pretty cute. I like that it can show children not to get discouraged if they cannot do something. If they keep trying, they will get it when they are ready. The illustrations in this book are colorful and detailed. I also liked how the mother tiger was so patient and knew that Leo would master the skills over time. I would have said I would read this to my class at the beggining of the year but I think the end of the year would be better. My ...more
Aug 11, 2008 Kirei rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kids who are slightly late bloomers
Shelves: younger-kids
This is kind of a weird book. Leo, a tiger, can't do what the others can do: write, read, eat neatly, talk. His mom says be patient. His dad is a little worried, but is convinced Leo is okay and he watches some tv. And guess what? Leo learns to write, read, eat neatly, and talk! Hallelujah!

My problem with this book is that it really targets a very specific audience (kids who are slightly behind their peers) and what's more, I don't think it is written for kids, but rather as reassurance for the
Jose Valadez
Robert Kraus’ picture book Leo the Late Bloomer, is about Leo a young lion who is falling behind because he yet does not understand how to read, write and draw. The book first shows how Leo struggles to stay with the class and watches others around him excel in all that he cannot do. Leos father who is worried that his son may not be a late bloomer but something else follows and watches Leo for signs of blooming. Then Leo begins to blossom near the end showing everyone how he was able to do ever ...more
Leo the Late Bloomer (1994), by Robert Kraus with illustrations by Jose Aruego, is a memorable tale of a young learner’s delayed development, the frustration and disappointment that are often accompaniment, and the important role that caregivers can play by supporting and accepting each learner’s unique progression.

The story is set in a fantastical, yet improbable jungle, with lots of vines, flowers, and an occasional snow. The characters are comprised of personified animals commonly found in c
Justin Ferrell
Picture Book, 1971

Leo is a young lion that is having trouble drawing, writing, and reading. His parents worry about him, but hope that he is just a late bloomer. Leo's dad wants to do all that he can to help, but he is told he will just have to let Leo be and everything will work out. He tries to let Leo grow and not hover over him too much. Leo continues to have trouble in his subjects, but then one day he just gets it. His reading, writing, and drawing get much better. His parents are so proud
In “Leo the Late Bloomer” Leo the tiger is unable to do many of the things the other animals can do, such as read and write. As the title suggest Leo is a late bloomer and in the end is able to do all the things that the other animas could do, including speaking, as well as reading and writing. Although the lesson of the story may seem obvious that children shouldn’t worry about learning slower than others because they are late bloomers, it also seems to send a message to their parents. Leo’s fa ...more
Karly Kovac
I didn't think this book was that great. I have read a lot of children's books and I usually think they are cute and have a cute plot to them but I just thought this book was boring and didn't have a whole lot to it. It's about a tiger named Leo who is a late bloomer and can't do anything right. The dad is asking his mom what is wrong with him and she says that some kids are just late bloomers and to give him time. Then one day "LEO BLOOMED" and he could all of a sudden read and write and do eve ...more
Rebecca Sherod
This story of Leo begins with a description of everything the little tiger cannot do. Even though everyone else around him is beginning to read and write and speak and play, Leo does not. When it becomes clear that he is not moving at the same pace as the other animals, the story begins to show the concern of Leo’s father. His father shows his concern my continuously watching Leo, but to no avail. Instead of being upset or concerned about the situation, Leo’s mother simply waits patiently for hi ...more
Robert Kraus tells a story of a bud that took longer to bloom than the others. In the beginning of the book, Leo the tiger could not read. Not only could be not read, but he couldn't speak, draw, eat right, or write. His parents became very concerned about him, and gave him all of their attention. His mother claimed that Leo was a "late bloomer". His father watched and watched Leo, but Leo wasn't blooming. With time, Leo's father stopped watching and his mother stopped worrying. Seasons pass as ...more
Sep 03, 2014 Macy added it
Leo is a young tiger who can't read, write, draw, eat, or talk like those around him because he has not bloomed yet. Leo's father becomes worried about how long it is taking for Leo to bloom. He begins watching Leo's every move just waiting for him to bloom. Leo's mother, who is the calming force throughout this story, tells Leo's father to have patience. Through the detailed facial expressions of the tigers is it easy to tell that Leo's father is still worried about him. Then Leo's mother agai ...more
Rhonda Lee
Leo is your average little lion! In his class he isn't all that outspoken. Leo tends to keep to himself more than others, even at home with his parents. Others, including his father, think of him as a late bloomer since he hasn't start to read, write, draw or be able to say a full sentence when he speaks. His father gets worried as the months and seasons pass but his mother stays patient. I say Leo is your average lion because it caught my attention that compared to the real world it is normal ...more
Cindy Sa
When the first time I read this book, the cover page catches my eyes. I cannot use my words to describe my feeling perfectly when I saw the first page. Too many flowers around Leo and Leo looks very happy among the flowers. Although the color of the cover page is green, I still can have a strong feeling about this book. I thought "It must be a happy story!". But when I started to read this book, I found it is not as same as I wish. It tells a story about Leo's initiation.
Leo was a late bloomer.
The novel starts out negative saying Leo can not read, write, draw, is a slopper eater and doesn't talk. His father is very concerned about Leo, but his mother tells him their is nothing wrong with Leo, "He is just a late bloomer." His father watches him day and night to see signs of blooming, but Leo shows none. His father finally backs off, and with time Leo blooms one day. Leo could read, write, draw, eat neatly, and speak entire sentences. "I made it!" said Leo.

My thoughts:
I apprecia
Leo the Late Bloomer takes you on a journey through the life of a young tiger named Leo. Leo has some trouble keeping up with the rest of his friends. His mother said he was a late bloomer and in time he would bloom and be able to do everything his friends could do, his father was a bit skeptical. This story shows the young reader that with patience and practice you can bloom into what you want to be.

This book had the ability to connect me with a time as a young child when I wanted to do all of
Rigoberto Gamez
This book I believe is valuable as a teacher to read to the students, or have them read it because it talks about development. In the story Leo is a lion that in a sense cannot function the same way as the rest of his friends. His friends can read, write, eat nicely, and do certain stuff. Then they start talking about how the father is worried because he can’t seem to do the “normal” stuff other animals can do. Then the dad stops focusing on what he can and can’t do and then Leo, at his own pac ...more
Erick Escalera
Robert Kraus and Jose Aruego pulled off a motivational picture book for children and students struggling to read. Leo is a baby lion who can not read, write, draw, or speak. Leo’s mom refers to him as just a late bloomer. One day, “Leo bloomed!” and him and his family were happy of how accomplished he was. The story characterized Leo as a disappointed child and all other characters were joyful animals that were able to do things Leo could not. Leo’s parents were introduced later in the story to ...more
Kristi Maurer
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Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus is about a tiger named Leo who developed later compare to his peer animals. Leo’s father worried that he may never bloom, but his mother had faith in him. Finally, when the day came, Leo bloomed. He can read, draw, write better than everyone else.
This picture book is perfect for children and parents to read together. It talks about how each child has their own way and pace to develop. Sometimes it just takes more time for a child to develop to the same level
Shannon Alexander
Leo is a tiger than can't seem to do anything correctly. He can't read, he can't draw, he eats messily, and is behind on other things that the other animals can do. Leo's father is concerned, but Leo's mother reassures him that Leo is just a late bloomer and it is important to be patient. Leo's father begins watching him from afar during the day and night, waiting for Leo to finally bloom. Leo's mother steps in and lets him know that "watched bloomers never bloom," so Leo's father stops observin ...more
Emily Scott
This book is about a young tiger named Leo who falls behind in a lot of things. Because Leo is such a late bloomer, his father is frustrated and constantly wonders when he will bloom. Although it takes Leo longer then most to bloom he eventually does! I really enjoyed this book. I feel that it is more aimed at the parents. I think that after reading this book I have learned that it is important to spend time with your child and let your child develop at their own pace. I would use this in my cla ...more
Jessica Navarrete
Leo the Late Bloomer is a story about a tiger that could not read, write, and draw. He was also very quiet and a messy eater. Leo's father was very concerned with Leo’s lack of development. He took on his every move and watched him like a hawk. Leo's mother was more patient and encouraged the dad to stop watching Leo. She said, “It’s better late then never." But Leo's father was persistent. One-day Leo's father finally stopped monitoring him and he finally bloomed. He could read, write, draw, n ...more
Geneva Roberts
This story was cute and well written to send the message to children that we are all individuals and no one does the same things at the same time as everyone else. Leo the Tiger is frustrated that he cannot do things that his peers are doing. His parents watch him closely for signs of blooming and when his father gives it up , Leo finds himself able to do the things he had been trying to do. The illustrations are bold with color and the characters being animals are always of interests for childr ...more
Leo the Late Bloomer is a cheerful picture book that shows children not to be discouraged by different developmental timelines. Leo is a young tiger who has not yet bloomed. He appears downtrodden and discouraged, just as his father is. His mother remains calm and patient, convinced that Leo's time will come. The colorful pictures add dimension and wonderfully support the storyline. While the main character, Leo, does not speak and the story is told from a third person point of view, he is easy ...more
Kathryn Brunk
Review: I loved this book!!! The illustrations and wonderful and really depict the feelings in this book. The message is wonderful for both children and adults (especially parents); because it expresses the fact that everyone develops at their own rate and that it’s best not to compare yourself to others. I could utilize this book at the beginning of the year in a pre-k classroom, to let children feel better about not fully grasping things that other children may, but in time they will.

Kelly Ramsey
I totally loved this book. The colors in this book are very rich in color and details. The story of Leo the late bloomer was story about learning how to be patient and moving forward at your own pace and not the pace of others. This book is perfect book for pre-k because all children are not the same. Everyone grows and has a developmental stages diffrent levels. In everything that we do and say as parents or teachers we have to let our young childen know that no matter how late of a bloomer the ...more
My five-year-old son picked this book out from the library today.

I've heard of this book for ten or more years. It showed up so often on library to-read or story time lists. And I have assiduously avoided it. I was afraid it was a moral dressed up loosely as a story. And I don't like the term "Late Bloomer".

There certainly is a moral to this story. And it is aimed more at the parents than the child. As a children's librarian and now as a mom, I've heard other parents (usually moms) decant abou
Laura Metts
Leo The Late Bloomer

I found the illustrations in this book to be colorful and detailed. I like that mother tiger was very patient and trusted that Leo would master the skills over time. This book can help children realize that everyone learn at their own pace.

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After reading the book Leo The Late Bloomer discuss with the children the meaning of the term "Late Bloomer". Have the children to name all the things Leo couldn't do at the start of the book, then let them name all the t
Brittany Wood
Leo the Late Bloomer is a story about a tiger named Leo who is unable to do many of the things that the other animals can do. The story lets children know that they should not worry if they learn slower than others because they will eventually "bloom" and they will be able to do all the things they thought that they couldn't. We all bloom in our own time and this is a great story for children who are feeling left out because they have not reached specific milestones yet. This story will encourag ...more
Jennifer Bollinger
Rate: 3

Review: The book Leo the Late Bloomer was a good book to read especially to children because it teaches the children about how things bloom and that it takes patience waiting for something to bloom. If you are waiting for something to bloom then it is never going to bloom because you are just sitting there watching every second. If you are wanting something to bloom you should keep your self busy but check on what you are wanting to bloom often and it will probably bloom.

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