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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
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ebook, 160 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 2012)
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usagi ☆ミ
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
Mack
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book helped me to understand the disorder more fully, having a nephew who fits into the autism spectrum and diagnosed with lack of social and verbal skills. My initial praise was for Temple’s Mother for not accepting the conventional advice and setting out to get the help that her daughter needed and showing that all things are possible. I also admired the photos illustrating her journey and her passion and understanding to all animals. Temple's brilliance with design helped with a more hum ...more
Cheryl
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've already read several books by Grandin - she's my hero. But I'm excited to read this anyway. Not just because the mind of an autistic person is fascinating, not just because Grandin's mind is fascinating, not just because I am so very grateful to Grandin for her work with and on behalf of animals, especially her efforts to treat cattle more humanely, but also because everything I've read by Montgomery so far has been engaging, enlightening, and enchanting.
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Kelly
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autism, biography, andy
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
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Connie D
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a biography of Temple Grandin written for young adults; in other words, it's the short version of her life story, which is what I wanted right now.

I appreciated learning how Temple and her mother dealt with her early autism and panic attacks. I also appreciated Grandin's advice and encouragement to others with similar issues; it's lovely that she is aware of the positives of autistic abilities. Her understanding of animals, her assistance to them through extremely clever designs, and he
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Peacegal
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humane-education
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.
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Gwen the Librarian
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, biography
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
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
Fran
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson, as the Boston Globe describes her, Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, documentary scriptwriter, and radio commentator who has traveled to some of the worlds most remote wildernesses for her work. She has worked in a pit crawling with 18,000 snakes in Manitoba, been hunted by a tiger in India, swum with pink dolphins in the Amazon, and been undressed b ...more
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