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Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

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When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. Years later she was diagnosed with autism.While Temple's doctor recommended a hospital, her mother believed in her. Temple went to school instead.Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career revolutionized the livestock...more
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Published April 3rd 2012 by Harcourt Brace and Company (first published January 1st 2012)
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the golden witch.
Hi, my name is Usagi, and I’m autistic. More specifically, I have Asperger’s Syndrome, one of the “lighter” forms of the disorder on the autism spectrum. I’ve been mainstreamed (meaning never put in special education, but instead with a classroom with neurotypical (“normal”) kids my entire life. And never have I been so happy to have been raised as such. I was dubbed highly gifted in fourth grade, I did honors and AP classes (for everything but math), I went to UCSB, majored in Japanese, went t...more
Kelly
Good biography and story about Temple Grandin's interests and how she made these interests into a successful career. However, I think the author got a little strident about the animal welfare issues near the end of the book. We were reading it for the autism -- I ended up skipping extensive descriptions of animal slaughter. Andy would say "again?" when I started another paragraph about the horrors of factory farming.
Peg
Never in a million years did I expect to be so impacted by this book. When I closed its cover, I actually spoke "Wow!" aloud! Grandin has succeeded because of her autism, not in spite of it.
Montgomery weaves a good explanation of what autism is and how it can affect people through her account of Grandin's youth and college years. Grandin's approach to life is different than many; not only did it work for her, it brought her to a successful and meaningful career. Her ability to recognize pain and...more
Peacegal
Enlightening and engaging, students and adults alike will find something to love about this book. While the author writes for a tween/young teen audience, I’m willing to bet the average person of any age will learn quite a bit about autism from Temple Grandin.

Through her astounding story, titular visionary gives inspiration to youngsters who are autistic, suffer bullying, or simply feel “different” from their peers. She encourages readers to go against the grain and develop their own abilities....more
Alicia
People, especially children, have a very difficult time understanding autism and its symptoms. Like it is hard for Temple Grandin to understand people's body language and their motives, it is hard for other people to understand what is going on in Temple's mind. Montgomery explains autism in a very fresh and simple way, using insightful comparisons that children can grasp. Too many books about people who have autism or other disorders ask the reader to feel sympathy for these people. Montgomery...more
Gwen the Librarian
From book jacket and endpapers to interviews and author notes, this is a beautifully and thoughtfully crafted book. Opening with a prologue from Temple Grandin herself, it is obvious that Sy Montgomery has a great respect for her subject and took care to tell about Grandin’s life in a well-rounded way, not smoothing over bumps in her personality or the difficulties that autism present and also not putting Grandin on a pedestal in spite of her many talents and accomplishments. The friendly and de...more
Fran
Compelling biography about Temple Grandin and her many accomplishments despite her diagnosis of autism. The book both explains autism and chronicles Temple’s life in a well written, thoughtful, and easy-to-read style. Powerful message to any student on the autism spectrum and also provides information to help other students appreciate their autistic classmates. Temple says that she would not trade her brain for a “normal” one even if she could. Wonderful photographs, graphics, and colors combine...more
Lynn
Sy Montgomery does an outstanding job with this book, managing both to chronicle the story of this truly amazing woman, and also bring an understanding of autism and its challenges to young readers. She does this while examining a subject a lot of us cringe away from - the treatment and slaughter of animals we use for food. She handles this difficult area with great skill, not shrinking from what happens but writes with a matter-of-factness that made it approachable. This had to be a challenging...more
Beckiezra
3.5 really, and probably higher if autism was a topic more relevant to me. This was interesting and I would definitely recommend it to anyone dealing with autism personally or in their family or friends. This is a book that could give them hope and was easy to understand. It was a biography not fiction so I shouldn't really judge things about Temple's life, but there were times when I couldn't help thinking that coming from a wealthy family makes a difference in treatment options or stuff like t...more
BAYA Librarian
A biography of one of the world’s most well-known and respected autistic persons, Temple Grandin – an animal scientist, advocate for the humane treatment of animals, professor, and revolutionary –overcame monumental challenges and changed the way an entire industry understands animals. Grandin was born in an era when autism was considered juvenile schizophrenia; her own father called her “retarded” and “crazy” and tried to institutionalize her, but Grandin’s mother supported her as the bullied d...more
Arminzerella
Temple Grandin was diagnosed with autism when she was a small child (back in the days when autism wasn’t well-known or understood). Her father thought she should be institutionalized, but her mother worked hard to keep her daughter at home and give her the opportunities that “normal” children had. Temple didn’t always have it easy as she struggled to overcome many of the obstacles autistic people face (inability to read people’s expressions, sensitivity to noise/light/crowds, anxiety, teasing, b...more
Joan
Apr 08, 2013 Joan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Animal lovers and disability stories
This was a fascinating book! Grandin is an Asperger's Syndrome person. Often these people get deeply involved in their passions. Grandin's happened to be cows and other livestock animals. She has produced huge changes in how the livestock industry works. Because of her condition she has an uncanny aptitude for placing herself in the mindset of various animals, especially cows. She is probably the only person ever to win awards from both the livestock organizations and PETA. She has made life inc...more
Victoria
For younger readers, this book serves as a wonderful introduction into more than a simple biography of Temple Grandin’s life, but also works to introduce children to autism, animal welfare and offers advice that would be helpful to higher functioning children on the autism spectrum, as well as to other children. A solid overview of Grandin’s life is given here, with details about her schooling as well as her professional successes. Her extraordinary life, and the way she far surpassed all the ex...more
Wendy
A good, fun read, though not necessarily on a literary level--I didn't see anything to make this a Newbery. In particular, the organization felt haphazard at times, and the language is occasionally clunky. ("Back then, that future seemed farther away than the clouds in the sky." Maybe an attempt at putting a visual to a concept in order to mimic Grandin's thinking? It readsawkwardly to me.) Sometimes the author throws in clauses that seem apropos of nothing, making me wonder what point she was t...more
Tracey
I breezed through this memoir co-authored by Grandin and Sy Montgomery in ebook format, courtesy of the Indiana Digital Media online library consortium. I didn't realize until I started reading that it's basically a YA book, with age-appropriate vocabulary, sentence structure and tone. However, that in no way takes away from the work; in fact, I can see it becoming a valuable resource for teachers and parents working with young people on the autistic spectrum.

While I was already familiar with t...more
Jen
A really quick overview of Temple's life and accomplishments. I feel like this would be great for an elementary student or class to read... Except for the description of the slaughterhouses and animal abuses that Temple helped to change to make more humane. That grossed me out.
Lisa Haywood
I hate to admit it, but I did not know who Temple Grandin was before I read the book by Sy Montgomery, Temple Grandin: How the girl who loved cows embraced autism and changed the world. This is a fascinating biography of a girl who overcame the odds to not only make a success of her own life, but to improve the lives of animals as well.
The book begins with a foreword by Temple, who shares some personal facts about growing up with autism, as well as some high points from her career. We then begi...more
Sara
People like Temple Grandin absolutely amaze me. She was born with a handicap, which she didn't use as an excuse in life, but instead embraced it as a gift. Temple has autism and so she sees the world in different ways than most minds. I really appreciate how she has come up with ways to improve the life of animals - even if their lives are to end as food. I'm not a fan of vegetarianism, but I don't believe animals should be tortured, either. Just because I eat them doesn't mean I think their liv...more
Melliott14
Temple Grandin is an autistic woman who changed the way live stock is handled all across the United States and various other countries. Her autism helped her see things that normal people wouldn't see. As a child Temple was agitated by human touch from hugs to even brushing up against her, as she got older she found that she could relieve her stress by getting hugged, but not by a human by a hug machine. She noticed that when cattle was put into these machines that would squeeze them they would...more
Suzanne
Although I am not sure how, I did know something about Temple Grandin before I read Sy Montgomery's book, Temple Grandin: How the Girl who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World.
I loved this quote by Temple Grandin from the Forward to the book: "Individuals who have been labeled with disabilities-- or even just quirky or nerdy kids-- often have uneven [love this term] skills. The ones who become successful in life are those who figure out how to use their unique abilities and passion...more
Wendy
I absolutely loved this junior edition biography. It gave me a whole new perspective on the gifts and unique talents that accompany what we term a disability. Temple is not just someone who overcame difficult circumstances. She is an exemplary human who has made monumental achievements and contributions to our society. This will be required reading for my family.
Tricia Rogers
Very insightful read. Could relate to Temple and her "quirks" because of my sweet Owen. I loved her relation to why cows were frightened of certain things and how she could look at the situation and see why due to how her Autism made her reaction to similar things. I totally get this because before I had Owen, I never looked at rooms, noises, etc. the same way I do now. I have learned in the past 10 years to figure out what it is about a situation that is bothering him just be being in tune with...more
Lisa
this is juvenile non- fiction, and very quick and easy to read and understand. i feel more informed about autism and what it means. i am having robert read this book now, and he seems to like it. warning- there are some sad and gross parts because the book describes stuff that temple grandin saw and worked to improve in the "food animal" industry.
Kristin
This is a very interesting look at one person's life with autism put in terms students can understand. What I like most about the book is it shows Temple's many accomplishments as well as her struggles. I think we often hear how challenging life is for those with autism, but do we also hear how they cope or overcome these challenges? And it was so interesting to see how Temple compared her own feelings and needs to those of animals. She was able to use her personal experience with autism to help...more
Beth Nieman
Excellent non-fiction book suitable for middle-grades and up. Temple Grandin tells how she grew up dealing with her autism in the '50s and '60s, when it was less understood than it is today. She describes how she perceives the world differently because of autism, and how she turned this perception into a ground-breaking job designing humane structures for farm animals. Teens especially will appreciate reading about Dr. Grandin's struggle and success in finding her niche in the world. Warning for...more
Paul  Hankins
Super non-fiction text here. Don't let your readers miss this one. Temple Grandin is one special person you won't want young people to miss or to not know.
Sidney
Great story - well written and interesting. Temple Grandin is one of my heroes now - she's a great role model for everyone, especially girls.
Karin
Nice story, very well presented. More for gr. 4-8,t I think. Good layout and pictures too. Amazing what people can do with their life when given a chance to shine at their good points.

Reminds me of the story of the school where all the animals had to take every subject and pass at everything in order to be graduated (or normal)... Squirrels had to practice swimming and ducks climbing.

Temple found a way to do what she was good at and how to meet her own needs regardless of what others thot. She...more
Nina
A fully engaging read. Nothing flashy about this book, but totally engrossing and solid.
Edward Sullivan
An excellent biography about a fascinating, inspiring person!
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