In Leo the Late Bloomer, Leo is
behind his friends in reading,
writing, drawing, eating neatly
and speaking. When Leo’s
father becomes concerned,
Leo’s mother explains that Leo
is simply a late bloomer. Later,
in his own good time, Leo
“blooms”, pleasing his patient
parents and, of course, himself.
This is a good book to use to
help children understand that
everyone does things at their
own pace, and that’s alright.
- How do you think Leo felt
about not being able to do
the things his friends could do?
- How do you think Leo’s parents felt at the beginning of the story?
- How did Leo learn to draw, write and speak?
- How do you think Leo and his family felt at the end of the story?
- Whole group: Ask the class to think of things that they were unable to
do when little, but can do now – skipping, reading, writing, riding a bike,
etc. Make a list of those skills they are most proud of. Have children
draw pictures to illustrate the list. Display the list and illustrations in
- How would you like to celebrate when you learn a new skill?
- How could you show someone – a friend, brother or sister – how proud
you are of them?