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The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: the Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-21 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1943147302
LANGUAGE:English

"I know my review here will be a little biased, but Temple Grandin was a source of inspiration for me when my son was going through diagnosis. I read everything I could about her and by her, saw her speak three times, and even met her twice. I traveled to where she was when she came within a 100 mile radius, and closely listened to every word she said. This book will hopefully speak volumes to young kids with autism, it can help explain things in a positive way while introducing a role model.

As a school librarian with several students on the spectrum, I am excited to read this and hopefully give them some comfort and inspiration. I think World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, will be the perfect day to pull this one out.
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"In my previous exposure to Dr. Temple Grandin, I knew that she was an un-average character. But reading this book helped me understand her and her autism. I learned about her background with animals, something I can relate to. She spent much of her time growing up with animals: pigs, cows, etc., because she thought in pictures like them. There is a particular illustration, where a young Temple is sitting with a cow, and I have had many similar experiences! I love going out to the field and spending time with the steers like that. My favorite memory that relates to Temple involves a steer named Abraham, and I tamed him down to the point where I took naps on him! I love how the illustrations reminded me of my own life/memories." said.

"This is an illustrated, nonfiction biography written in poetic verse about Dr. Temple Grandin, an incredibly smart lady diagnosed with autism as a child. It is written for primary school children. I felt gravitated to this story because I do have a tendency to think outside of the norms, and it is always nice to see someone who doesn’t follow the rules make something big out of their quirkiness! This book would be wonderfully encouraging for children to know that they might not understand something the first time, but if they shake things up and look at them from different perspectives, it could go a long way in helping! This book could be paired as an introduction to any science related subject." said.

"A celebration of being different is how I would describe this book. The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin is a picture book that is the true story of a young girl with autism. I never thought a biography could be told so well within a picture book. The author Julia Finley Mosca use of rhyme spins a delightful account of the life of Temple Grandin who grew up to be a scientist. The illustrations that were done by Daniel Rieley support her words beautifully. This story is an excellent book for all ages, however, very appropriate for the three to five-year-olds.

It is the first of three books series about young girls growing up to be scientists. It is inspirational and encourages young girls to be what they want to be when they grow up.
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"Summary:
Dr. Temple Grandin has autism and has proven that being different, and thinking in a different way than most people do, is a good thing! This book goes through all of Dr. Grandin's life, including outstanding inventions and accomplishments. It captures the attention of the audience with vivid illustrations and a catchy rhyme scheme to hold the audience's attention.

Evaluation:
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars because the author was extremely knowledgeable of Temple Grandin and even included personal pictures and an accurate time line of her life, with several creditable sources used. The book was well written and I think really captures the attention of their audience.

Teaching Point:
I think this book could be best used in science class for a unit about famous scientists. It could also be used to read with the class if you have a student in your class with autism and want to read it to the whole class to describe how the student thinks.
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"Primary Nonfiction Biography about Temple Grandin.

Text to Self-I can relate to this book because in another education class I have watched a video about Temple and the Ranch. I got to see her invention on the video and this book also told the story and compared what was being used in Ranches and how her creation helps the cows.

Text to Text-All My Stripes By: Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer These two book can be related because they are both about autism. All My Stripes is about a little zebra who is worried about his classmates thinking he is too different but like Temple he found out that he is really special because he is different.

Text to World-There are many people that have autism. This book can help those children understand they aren't alone and there are other people who think differently. This shows that even though someone thinks differently it shouldn't stop you from doing what you are good at.
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"This unique and inspiring picture book biography tells the story of Dr. Temple Grandin. When she was a little girl, she was diagnosed with autism and had delayed speech progress. Her parents send her off to her aunt's farm where she discovered a connection with animals- they both thought better in pictures. This connection allowed her to make groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe and become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. The text is formatted in a fun way, especially appealing for young readers and also rhymes. I found this to be a fun twist on a biography book that would draw the attention of young readers. At the end of the story, a timeline of the events in Dr. Temple's life are displayed which helps summarize the events of the story. There is also a picture and note from Dr. Temple herself which was an element I liked. This would be a great book to have in the classroom, especially when considering students who have learning disabilities and encouraging the acceptance/respect towards each others differences. " said.

"This is a picture book biography of Temple Grandin, prominent scientist, author, and speaker on both autism and animal behavior. The book was created with Dr. Grandin's input (don't miss the backmatter - fun facts, a timeline, author's note, and bibliography), so it's probably only me personally who winces a little at the glib description "one of the world's quirkiest science heroes!" "Quirky" feels patronizing as a descriptor in this situation. And the rhyme, while good, sometimes felt too chipper in tone for someone's life story with true struggles. Still, this simple overview is good for young readers, and may spark kids' curiosity to learn more. The illustrations by Daniel Rieley are excellent.

Though I knew about Dr. Grandin's squeezing machine, I did not know about her lifetime of work with livestock, in a field and at a time when she was a woman in a man's world. Her web site is worth a visit: http://www.templegrandin.com/

Favorite quote:

"In order to think about something abstract like my future, I have to have something I can actually visualize, like a door."

The quote "I am different, not less" is often attributed to her.
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