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

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  1,086 ratings  ·  326 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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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
Jessie Drew
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wolfie-and-me
Great book, on all accounts.
My only criticism is that my 7 year old was focused on “why does this book rhyme?”
So, if it’s distracting to a kid, maybe just consider that it’s not helpful. Just sayin.
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
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.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wonderful biography about a wonderful individual
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ophelia-tbr
Adorable book about the grand, Temple Grandin! (see what I did there?) She is an excellent role model for autistic girls (& boys!) & we really enjoyed this sweet, rhyming story. ...more
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
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
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
Grace Holmes
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin is a beautifully written biography with a wonderful rhythm to it for a read aloud. This book addresses autism in a way that many children with autism can relate to. Dr. Temple became an inventor and it is a great book for children who feel being different as being "bad" is actually "neat" and to do something in the world with their uniqueness. This book would be great for the younger grades, K-3. And would be a great introduction t ...more
Kathy Honsa
In this true story of Dr. Temple Grandin's journey towards success, we learn about struggles she faced growing up autistic. Temple Grandin was a child who's mind worked in different ways. She first struggled with being socially accepted in school and began to realize her way of visual thinking made her different from her peers. After reacting out of impulse in school one day, she was kicked out and her mother sent her away to live on an aunt's ranch. There she found herself in a place where no o ...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
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
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Temple Grandin is such an inspirational woman, not only because she found a way to step past her autism diagnosis, but also because as a woman, she engineered better ways to restrain and relocate cattle without stressing out the animals and is a successful public speaker. The story is told in sweet rhyming poems to explain her experience from childhood and not fitting in to adulthood and her way of seeing the world (the many pictures that appear in her mind when someone says the word "fly" for e ...more
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
Adam Sequoyah
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
The illustrations are nice. The content could have been interesting, except that it did not always materialize well. I mean that it seemed hard to relate to. I was left unsure of what this character actually discovered or achieved regarding farm animals. And the silly rhymes didn't help; maybe the forced poetry patterns (and awkward language) diminished the experiences of being bullied and misunderstood. Again, I had a hard time understanding what actually happened to this person as a child and ...more
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.
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
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
A bio told in verse. I'm reading it aloud to my differentiation class to illustrate one of different ways that people learn.
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.
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Information at the end of the book nicely complements the rhymed text.
Kari Yergin
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Great illustrations! The rhyming text seemed limiting and wouldn’t have been my choice. But she’s a fascinating woman.
Callie Milton
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
"The Girl Who Thought in Pictures" was a very good book to me for many reasons. It is about Temple Grandin who was born with autism and grew up to be a world famous professor, agricultural genius and speaker. This book really took out to me because I was given the opportunity to listen to her speak a few years ago, although I did not get to go it still drew me in to her story. One thing that really sticks out to me is that she was unable to talk when she was three and made it all the way to beco ...more
Cynthia Egbert
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Anyone who knows me likely knows of my love for Temple Grandin and for what she has done for our family. She is truly one of my heroes. I love this children's book, sanctioned and aided by Temple, that introduces children and their families to this powerhouse of a human. This is a cute storybook that tells Temple's story in rhyme and then fleshes it out with an interview with her in the back and a more in-depth telling of her life story. Great stuff!
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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

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