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  • By Tanya Bolduc
    Feb 1, 2016
    I have always appreciated the power of children’s literature to convey important life lessons, not just to the wee ones, but also to so-called grownups. As a former educator, as a parent and as a 43-year-old still working on blooming herself, Leander the Late Bloomer hits home. This delightful little book of honest illustrations and amusing rhymes reminds us that growing up is not about hitting developmental milestones, averages, medians, successes, and all those expectations thrust upon us throughout our lives. We are all too often judged – and all too often judge ourselves – in relation to others. Leander the Late Bloomer reminds us that life is not a competition and there really is no common denominator for becoming your best self. As an avid gardener, I found this book particularly charming. As anyone who has ever started their plants from seeds, the process of thinning out seedlings, picking out the weaker ones, can be an emotional experience. These seedlings only seem weaker in... More > relation to others that share their growing bed. Transferred to their own growing beds where they are without the pressures of competition and given a little extra time, they will grow to full potential. Yes, sometimes they bloom a little later than others of their kind, but when all the other plants have shed their blooms, drooped over and browned, these late bloomers stand out all the more and extend the joys of the garden. I plan to read this book to my 2-year-old son upon introducing him to gardening this coming spring. We will plant some sunflower seeds and name the late bloomer Leander in honour of this book and the wonderful boy who inspired it. I encourage you to do the same whether you have children or not. As Henry David Thoreau said: "Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders."< Less
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First Edition
Francois Verpaelst
January 28, 2016
Saddle-stitch Paperback
Interior Ink
Full color
0.34 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
8.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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