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The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  738 ratings  ·  240 reviews
If you’ve ever felt different, if you’ve ever been low,
if you don’t quite fit in, there’s a name you should know…

Meet Dr. Temple Grandin—one of the world’s quirkiest science heroes!

When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. He
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published August 29th 2017 by Innovation Press
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Assigned reading for MLIS 7421: Multicultural Youth Literature.

This book offers such an insightful and sweet look into the life of Dr. Temple Grandin. It begins with her childhood and highlights how her autism presented in her earliest years, as well as some of the struggles she faced, such as being expelled after getting into a fight with another student. It never vilifies her for her autism, and it even takes time to show how supportive her mother is of her needs.

Before reading this, I didn't
Great backmatter at the end of the book but the rhyming kind of diminished the gravitas of Grandin’s story and made it a little too twee.
The Reading Countess
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally giving this one three stars (I liked it), but changing it to four because its intended audience will glean much from it. It's okay to be different, thinking outside the box is cool, when others say you can't, it's up to you to show them otherwise...these are all great takeaways. Told in poetic verse complete with additional biographical information at the end, I wanted to learn more about her life than what I did: what specific examples of discrimination did she face in the workforce, ...more
Baby Bookworm
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Hello, friends! Our book today is The Girl Who Thought In Pictures: The Story Of Dr. Temple Grandin, written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley, a biography of the incredible innovator and activist.

From the start, Temple was different. At three, she had yet to say her first word, didn’t like noises or crowds, and hated to be hugged. A doctor recommends that she be institutio
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful biography about a wonderful individual
Kristin Linthicum
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures is the biographical story of Temple Grandin. Temple’s story speaks of how, as a child, she was both similar and quite different from those around her. While she enjoyed art and ice cream like other children her age, Temple did not like loud noises, crowded places, and especially did not like hugs. Another thing that set her apart was her ability to “see in pictures” as she called it. What this meant was that when she thought about things, she saw many pictures of ...more
Gary Anderson
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin portrays a misunderstood child who persists in learning to become a renowned scientist. As a child, Temple’s autism confuses and alienates many of those around her. When she leaves the city and spends more time in rural settings, she begins to understand her own mind and its powers that are so hidden from others. This important picture book lures in readers with friendly illustrations and gently rhyming text. Picture book biograph ...more
As is often the case with picture book biographies, the back matter makes up for a lot.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin" is a wonderful picture book written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley. Presented as a children's book with rhyming couplets and engaging pictures, the book outlines Dr Grandin's life including her struggles in childhood (such as speech, regulating her emotions, social interactions with teachers and peers). The reader journeys with Dr Grandin as she discovers her own unique features and recognizes that she is ...more
I have always been fascinated and amazed by the beautiful Temple Grandin and every book that gets written about her is fascinating and showcases that "the world needs all kinds of minds" and I love that the book ends with that.

The book is uplifting and lovingly illustrated to show how Grandin thinks in the namesake pictures (and if you haven't seen the Ted Talk, you MUST) and how she was "different, not less" which hit me in the feels. It celebrates her autism in a way that builds on what makes
Rebekah Hicks
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story for all children- those not on the spectrum for understanding and the same for those on it. Different, not less.
Joey Gremillion
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would recommend this to both adults and children. Very informative, simple book about Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the first (and most famous) people to be diagnosed with Autism. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
A bio told in verse. I'm reading it aloud to my differentiation class to illustrate one of different ways that people learn.
Sally S
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful children's book. Should be in every elementary school and library! The illustrations are fantastic. The story about Temple Grandin is a great one, only made better by Julia's clever rhymes. My 4 and 5 year old girls love this at bedtime or anytime.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous retelling of Temple Grandin's story in an uncomplicated way. I hope people find it helpful
Inclusion book- The Girl Who Thought in Pictures
I came across The Girl Who Thought in Pictures written by Julia Finely Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley on Donna Wakefield’s Goodread’s list titled “Characters with Disabilities”. I’ve never seen the Temple Grandin movie or read literature on her, so I felt compelled to read the story. Up until now I have only heard oral narratives through friends, family, and coworkers in regard to Temple Grandin. The Girl Who Thought in Pictures captures t
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inclusion
This is a great read for emerging readers. I located this picture book from the Dolly Gray website. I love how the images correlated with the main character’s Temple unique characteristic. Although Temple has autism, the author did a great job of demonstrating that Temple an intelligent child who just has another way of interacting with the world. I believe children will love viewing the images and learning about how a children with autism is just like them. This book would be a great read to di ...more
Allison Reilly
This story begins with a child who is born with autism. Her mother sends her away to her aunt's farm. This is where Temple flourishes and succeeds academically. Her academic success stemmed from her creating a "hug machine" that mimicked the cow holding pin used on her aunt's farm. She then was sickened by the treatment of cows and created a cow chute that was adopted by farmers nationwide.


I think this is a great book. Not only does it have vivid pictures to spark student inte
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: inclusion, info-bios
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures is a story of embracement. Embracing the differences in yourself and finding what makes you happy. Temple Gradin was a young girl who loved to spin, didn’t like hugs, or loud noises. By age three Temple was still unbale to speak after visiting some doctors she was diagnosed with autism. In school Temple had a difficult time in school where she was picked on and made fun of until she one day she had enough and reacted in a negative way. Temple Gradin was sent away ...more
Erin Buhr
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 bestsell ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (2017), written by Julia Finley Mosca and illustrated by Daniel Rieley, is a smart biographical children’s picture book about Dr. Temple Grandin, a compassionate scientist with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Born in 1947, Temple Grandin became an important figure in the farming industry for her work refining the treatment of cattle. Grandin negotiated ASD and the sexism in her field at a ti
Jeanie  {coffee girl}
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written non-fiction picture book, The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca, tells the inspiring story of Dr. Temple Grandin. I learned so much about one of my scientist heros and motivated by her actions in regards to her given shortcomings.
Dr Grandin, was born with autism and before she was given a diagnosis doctors wanted to give up on her and send her to a special hospital that would "care" for her needs. Her mother ignored the suggestions and did what she could to h
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Temple Grandin was different than most young children and when her mother took her to the doctor, they said Temple's brain was "not right" because she had autism. Special teachers helped Temple learn in a way that worked for her. Temple went to live with her aunt on her ranch and connected with the animals because they thought in pictures like her. She was able to go a science school, where she got to explore her talent and learn. She built amazing inventions that improved farming and s ...more
Nick So'oto
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures was basically the autobiography broke down into a picture book. The story hovers over the life of the Autistic genius, Temple Grandin. The story begins with the author asking the reader a direct question, "Have you ever felt out of place?" the story then continues to tell how Temple Grandin was different, and was out of place most of the time. Throughout the story, the author provides vital and factual information, while making it easy for a fourth grader to unde ...more
Natalie d'Aubermont Thompson
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Next up in my mini kids bio series today is 'The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin' by Julia Finley Mosca. I had read magazine articles about Grandin before and loved the biopic that Claire Danes starred in a few years ago that goes into more detail about her early life. For those not familiar with her story, Grandin was born with autism in 1947, a time where no one understood her condition and many recommended placing her in an institution. Thankfully she has a mothe ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
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Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
Dr. Temple Grandin has always felt she was different. She loved spinning in circles and watching things twirl and hated loud sounds and bright crowded spaces. She didn't speak until she was three years old, but her mother always believed in her, even though she threw a book at a kid and got kicked out of school. She then sent her to a ranch out west. Here she found it was easier to fit in and a teacher encouraged her to study science. Through this, she invented her first machine, a squeeze machi ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 chip ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dr-smiths-class
this is the Story about Temple Grandin and her struggle with having autism. this goes through the book about how she was in school and how she was "different" from the other kids. when she learned how to control her thoughts and learn how she needed to learn she became a special young girl that did many things. she thought in pictures and could figure out things like why cows moo and what makes them calm and that is was helped her become who she was then.

I loves this book because it is a great
Marley Stowers
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book tells the life story of Dr. Temple Grandin, a woman with autism. Temple was different than others, remembering things in pictures rather than words. Her mother decided to send her to live on a farm with her aunt, where there would be less stress on her. Living with her aunt, she quickly found a passion with farming. Temple decided to propose solutions to help build better farms and machines that treat animals fairly. She used her “disability” to help her make a difference in t
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Julia Finley Mosca is a copywriter and former journalist who spent more than a decade in Hollywood crafting messages for money. After working with such recognizable brands as Entertainment Tonight, Yahoo!, American Greetings, and JibJab, she landed her most rewarding job yet―mom to one ferociously curious and spunky little girl. The Amazing Scientists series marks Mosca’s debut into the magical wo ...more