Leo the Late Bloomer

Leo the Late Bloomer


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“Captivating and rollicking.” The Horn Book

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.

This heartwarming story of how a little tiger named Leo bloomed is told by bestselling author Robert Kraus and is accompanied by the wonderfully bold illustrations of Jose Aruego.

With its message of patience and humor, Leo the Late Bloomer is more timely than ever. As Children's Books and Their Creators commented: "Leo's reassuring 'I made it!' at the end delights young listeners who may have been scrutinized for early blooming by well-intentioned moms and dads. Deserves space on any parenting shelf."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780064433488
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/19/1994
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 24,550
Product dimensions: 0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Robert Kraus is the author of Little Louie the Baby Bloomer and Leo the Late Bloomer, illustrated by Jose Aruego, and the author and illustrator of dozens of books for children.

Jose Aruego’s books for young readers have earned the applause of critics, teachers, librarians, and parents—as well as the affection of children everywhere. Mr. Aruego’s comic animals are immediately recognizable as they cavort through clear, vibrant landscapes, carrying out the action that the simple text has set in motion. It is a style one reviewer has termed “illustrative mime.”

Jose Aruego was born in the Philippines, where he studied law. But after practicing briefly, he decided to come to the United States to study graphic arts and advertising at Parsons School of Design in New York City. After graduation, he worked in advertising before taking up the demanding job of cartooning for The Saturday Evening Post, The New Yorker, Look, and other magazines.

Mr. Aruego said: “Every Wednesday I would go to the cartoon editor with fifteen or sixteen drawings in hand, from which he might select one for publication. The tension was terrible, because selling cartoons was how I made my living. But I learned a lot from the rejected work, so it wasn’t a waste. The sink-or-swim experience of drawing cartoons was how I learned to make the most of a small amount of space.” Both abilities have helped him in his career as a children’s book author and illustrator, which he began with the publication of The King and His Friends in 1969.

Although he is known for his amusing characters, Jose Aruego takes writing and drawing for children very seriously. After more than three dozen books he feels he is still learning his craft and getting to know his audience. From the popularity and appeal of Jose Aruego’s books, it is obvious that he has both the artistic skill and the imagination to reach the world of children. His work has a distinctive rhythm, and his humorous animal characters have a gaiety and playfulness that children adore.

“Each project teaches me something new and makes me a better artist. Each book brings me closer to children,” he said. “I have found from making appearances at schools that when kids draw for themselves, most of them like to make funny pictures. So I show them how to draw an alligator. It’s a simple drawing and the teachers tell me that after my visit, Aruego alligators show up all over the school.”

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Leo the Late Bloomer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First if I may, thank you for taking the time to read my opinion posted on this site. Also a moment to remember September 11 as we near the second anniversary. John 3:16. I had the pleasure of having been introduced a magnificent story in my junior high days for literary competitions. During my three years in the Literary Club my coach, Mrs. Fisher gave me the love I have today for reading beginning with this wonderful story of Leo the late bloomer. Now I am 34. Our son is 2 1/2 and he's our little late bloomer. I was able to locate this book and we were able to purchase it as a gift for our son. Together we have our reading time. We share a wonderful story of Leo the late bloomer. I know one day our son will bloom. I am thrilled that I can share this with our son. Something I found dear as a young lady, I can pass on to our son. Who knows maybe when he has his own family he can share it with his children. Mrs. Fisher I do not know if you will ever get the chance to maybe run across this. Thank you and thank you for all those teachers, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers and many more that never underestimate the power of giving the gift of reading to a child. I highly recommend this beautiful story to the young and old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was in first grade I would take this book out from the school library at least once a month. Now 25 years later I still remember it vividly and I'm purchasing a copy for my nephew. I highly recommend it.
mmontet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Leo can't do the things that his friends can do, which upsets him. However, his mother tells him that he will be able to do them later when he is ready, and he does. This is a great book that teaches the fact that everyone is different and it takes patience to become good at something.
slovepb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For those whoare aren't quite up with the pace.
arewald on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Leo the tiger can't do a lot of things his friends can, like write, or eat neatly, or speak. His father is worried but his mother says Leo is just a late bloomer. A good book for teaching kids about perseverance, and that everyone learns in their own time.
perihan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Leo and his father do not believe that Leo is a late bloomer. Every day Leo¿s father watches his son to do things like the other lion cubs do, but Leo does not. Leo¿s mother tells them to wait with patience. One day, when the time is right for Leo, he blooms.
AuntKrissy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Available in hardback, paperback, and as a board book. Companion book: Little Louie the Baby Bloomer. Author has written and illustrated over 100 picture books for children, including a series about a mouse. When Barbara Bush was first lady she read Leo the Late Bloomer on television as part of her literacy campaign. About 450 of his cartoons appeared in The New Yorker.
alatebloomer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of my favorite books as a kid, and still is! Poor little Leo. He comes out great in the end though. My other favorite book was "The Poky Little Puppy" but that's a whole other story!
Yesenia_Martinez More than 1 year ago
This book was on my daughter's reading list for the summer. She read it aloud to me and I was really impressed by the book. It teaches that with time, effort and patience... no matter how long, we will learn to whatever we set ourselves to do. I think that this is something all kids need to hear. We don't learn at the same pace, nor at the same level. Some might be better at one thing, while some one else might be better at something completely different. To get there though we need to be patient, we need to practice, and know that eventually time will come. A lesson that I've preached to my daughter when it comes to school work, being an artist and a ballet dancer. Definitely recommend this book. It's good for kids, and it's also good for parents as a reminder that if you have a slow learner, you too need to be patient :)
CanadaInker4 More than 1 year ago
When the story opens you find out that Leo cannot speak a word, read, write, draw or even eat properly.  His father is worried and fears that something may be wrong with him.  His peers can achieve all those goals so why can't Leo?  Enter mom....she assures her hubby that all is well...that if they practice patience these things will come to Leo because he is a late bloomer.  But dad can't let it go and observes Leo morning and night waiting for that big moment to arrive.  Mom in her wisdom tells hubby to back off, stop watching for the transformation and Leo will bloom when HIS time is right.  The day finally arrives when Leo bursts into himself, his light switch turns on and he discovers that he can read, write, draw, eat rather neatly and not only say a word but a whole sentence.  His time has come!!!!!   I love the last page when amidst the family hug Leo is heard saying.... "I made it!"  The illustrations are very bright and vibrant.  They are childlike and express the best visual emotions that blend perfectly with the written text.  The message of the book is encouraging and inspiring both to children and to their parents - be patient, keep on trying, sew positive seeds into your child, read to them, work with them, never give up and wait to see them bloom when and where they are planted.  It may take a while, but they will get there.  Every person is unique and comparing one to another is not good or healthy.  This book will bring hope for those longing for that perfect blossom to appear and when it does it will give them a perfect excuse for a well-deserved celebration of life. 
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orphan71 More than 1 year ago
A great lesson on how we all "bloom" in our own time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book and I'm 12 years old. I have it and I'm going to pass it on to my kids
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of, if not the, best books for child development that I have ever read. It deals with the issue of self-esteem, which is very important, and presents it in a way that is easily understandable and fun for children between the ages of 4 and 8.