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Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows…

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This book was read for a class I was taking. Temple Grandin faced incredible difficulty as a child both in society and in her own home. With the support of her mother, who always believed in her abilities, she surpassed many hurdles to become a well respected leader in her field. Not only does this book show the difficulties of someone living with autism, but it also shows the difficulties a woman faced when trying to work in a "man's" field. Written wonderfully well, this book will leave the reader inspired with the knowledge that sometimes, when the way isn't made clear, you can simply forge a new one. ( )
  BrindelStubbs | Jun 11, 2017 |
This book combines several interesting themes. First it is a biography of Temple Grandin, a professor of Animal Science in Colorado who revolutionized the handling of cattle to be more humane. Second it is a book about autism and how it informed her ability to create solutions for an industry whose practices broke her heart.
  annereid1 | Feb 12, 2017 |
I'd heard vaguely about Temple Grandin, knowing mainly that she is autistic. This is a great introduction for young readers about her internationally renowned accomplishments regarding treatment of animals, thanks to the strengths of her having autism. This book can provide a new way of looking at autism as an ability, not a disability. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
For a person who does not read as a hobby, this is a book I could not stop reading. Temple Grandin is a scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Most importantly, she has autism proving to people that those with disorders are capable of having great lives. This book shares the story of Temple as a child to where she is at today. Temple was told by many she is "retarded", but she proved them all wrong by graduating second in her high school class and even receiving a PhD in college. I love how this is not only a biography of her life, but it also contained information about autism and the treatment of animals on farms raised for food. Her autism is what helps her understand the feelings and thoughts of animals since she can relate to animals. Just as animals, people with autism have difficulty telling what they are feeling since they are unable to speak. Temple uses her understanding of the animals to help give them respect. Although they are raised to be killed for food, she wants them to live a good life and not a miserable one. By doing this, she has created many inventions that help the animals and is still doing this today. Her story is definitely worth reading, as she is truly an amazing woman. ( )
  hjaber | Jan 18, 2016 |
Excellent biography of Temple Grandin. Visually pleasing design, using photos of cowhide patterns as backgrounds and light colored paper to set each chapter apart, incorporating Grandin's own technical schematic drawings for her patented cattle chutes, etc, and full of photos both color and black & white. Very well-written and fully researched, with interviews with Grandin and those who know her, and loads of quotes well-integrated into the text. Clear explanations for middle school and up, and doesn't shy away from the truth about animal slaughter as it shows how Temple, an animal lover, worked tirelessly to make food animals' lives better. ( )
  GoldieBug | Sep 19, 2015 |
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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 industry. As an advocate for autism, Temple uses her experience as an example of the unique contributions that autistic people can make.
   This compelling biography complete with Temple’s personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.

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An authorized portrait about Grandin's life with autism and her groundbreaking work as a scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities describes how she overcame key disabilities through education and the support of her mother.

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