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

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-18 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings

" Temple Gradin's story will be an inspiration for kids who feel different and hopefully give other children an understanding of what is like to be different. " said.

" I loved the illustrations and rhymes in “The Girl Who Thought in Pictures.” It’s a great nonfiction read aloud (something that’s hard to come by) and will increase children’s compassion and understanding. " said.

"For any child who has ever felt like they didn't fit in, Temple Grandin is a name to know. Temple was diagnosed with Autism when she was young and this book shares her story from birth to present. I love the straightforward honesty with which her story is presented. The rhyming text adds a bounce and poetry to her story, but her childhood is not glossed over and her difficulties never ignored. The balance of struggles and successes helps to emphasize her strength and perseverance. Now a bestselling author, scientist and advocate, Temple shows little kids everywhere that they are "Different, not less."

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions.
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" Really great biography! This has fantastic rhyming text throughout. This would be fun for outreach. " said.

" I only recently, in the last few years, heard about Temple Grandin. So, When I saw this book I had to add it to our school library without even reading it. it arrived today and it is such an incredible book! It doesn't talk down to the reader and keeps everything honest but kid friendly. I love the information in the back and the letter from Temple herself. Classroom & library must have! " said.

" Temple Grandin is an amazing person and scientist who just happens to be autistic. Im so glad her story is now told in a picture book. Can't wait for more in this series "So here is the lesson: Feeling odd or offbeat?Being different might just be what makes you neat!Don't let doubt hold you back,Not for one minute more. STAND TALL, and like Temple,MARCH RIGHT THROUGH THAT DOOR!" " 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:

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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"Summary: This book takes you on the journey of young Temple Grandin, a child with autism who is sent to a place where most children wouldn't thrive and instead creates inventions that revolutionize farm life. When she was a child, she had behavioral issues in school and because of that, her mother sent her away to live with her aunt on a farm. Temple fell in love with the animals, especially the cows, and soon realized that her thoughts were much like theirs. They both thought in pictures and Temple felt a connection to the cattle. Soon, she was creating inventions and getting degrees left and right. What once was a teased, outcast girl quickly became one of the most revolutionary women in terms of conquering autism and defeating the odds.

Evaluation: I absolutely love this book! Coming from a special education standpoint, I heavily advocate for students and parents to do whatever is best for the child, even if it means removing them from the school. I love that Temple was so confident and happy in her own skin, even when the rest of the world was confused by her. This book is so wonderful for teaching children how important it is to embrace your differences and respect others'.

Teaching: I believe this book would be key in teaching social skills as a read aloud for a younger classroom. Older students could use it as an opportunity to research other famous individuals with autism or disabilities and create presentations to reinforce how important it is to embrace who you are, regardless of your differences because it might lead you to change the world one day.
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