A common remark made by many parents is, “I spent all this money on a great new toy for my child, and she’s more interested in playing with the box than the toy!” This blog offers descriptions and opinions about toys, books, & other resources for both children considered to be typically developing as well as those with special needs. I have tried, when possible, to provide suggestions on how to modify toys to make them fun for children at all developmental levels.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
This is a truly delightful story about a tiger cub who just isn't quite as advanced as some of his other animal friends. He can't read or draw, he is a sloppy eater, and he never says a word. His Daddy wonders why Leo isn't able to do these things but his Mummy always tells Daddy not to worry because Leo is just a late bloomer. Daddy watches and watches but never seems to see any signs of blooming, but one day Leo blooms! He can read, write, draw, eat neatly, and talk. Leo is a classic story (published in 1971 but still going strong) that let's children and parents realize that it's okay to be different. This is a very relevant social lesson that allows children to celebrate their own sense of uniqueness! The illustrations are simple but the message is powerful.