The girl who thought in pictures The story of Dr. Temple Grandin

Julia Finley Mosca

Book - 2017

Describes the life and accomplishments of the animal scientist and designer of cruelty-free livestock facilities, from her early life and autism diagnosis through her journey to become a livestock expert.

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Genres
Biographies
Picture books
Published
Seattle, Washington : The Innovation Press [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 40-41).
ISBN
1943147302
9781943147304
Main Author
Julia Finley Mosca (author)
Other Authors
Daniel Rieley (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

The life of Temple Grandin, animal behaviorist and autism spokesperson, is covered in this picture book in verse, with a message of perseverance and inspiration. Grandin's story begins in her childhood, and Mosca describes her autism by its traits before using the actual word, which might make it more accessible for readers. The theme of Grandin thinking in pictures carries through to her passion for science and livestock welfare. Though Grandin's work is simplified for the audience (her cattle-chute designs are spotlighted, though the text glosses over what exactly the invention was used for), overall she is portrayed as incredibly intelligent, persistent, and unique. While the rhythmic lines don't always scan, Mosca's admiration and enthusiasm for her subject shine through. Rieley's stylized, multimedia illustrations, rendered in geometric shapes and flat panes of bold color, capture how Grandin thinks in pictures, and in some instances demonstrates the scientific process. Fans of Andrea Beaty's Rosie Revere, Engineer (2013), or anyone who has struggled over feeling different, will appreciate this approachable biography of a inspiring scientist. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Diagnosed at an early age with autism, Temple Grandin (b. 1947) grew up at a time when there was generally little care or regard for those like her. However, Grandin's mother was able to secure the therapies and education her daughter needed to thrive. ("She was Different, Not less,' they all finally agreed.") Grandin would eventually design animal husbandry techniques to more humanely treat livestock in the meat industry. Rhyming verse and appealing cartoon illustrations capture Grandin's spirit while providing an exciting, informative look at her remarkable life. Invaluable back matter contains a letter from Temple, fun facts, a time line accompanied by family photographs, and an insightful biography. Even the bookmaking pays tribute to its subject, with endpapers covered in adorable cartoon cattle. Reminiscent of Meghan McCarthy's quirky nonfiction, this is the first volume in a promising new series introducing readers to remarkable women in the sciences. VERDICT A fine addition to nonfiction biography collections.—Rebecca Gueorguiev, New York Public Library Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

NSTA Best STEM Books for K-12 SelectionNSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books SelectionDolly Gray Children's Literature Award RecipientA Mighty Girl Book of the YearIf 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. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe! The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin is the first book in a brand new educational series about the inspirational lives of amazing scientists. In addition to the illustrated rhyming tale, you’ll find a complete biography, fun facts, a colorful timeline of events, and even a note from Temple herself! Nominated for The Black-Eyed Susan Award of the Maryland Association of School Librarians for the 2018-2019 school year in the Picture Book category.Included in The Huffington Post article "17 Children's Books That Promote Understanding of Autism" - April 25, 2018 Story of Dr. Temple Grandin, biography, lyrical text, rhythm and rhyme, STEM: science, engineering and design, technology, math, story elements: setting, plot and character development, point of view, figurative language, Illustrations enhance meaning and tone, Comprehension strategies: sequence of events, cause and effect relationships, changes from beginning o end of the story, author's purpose. Themes: determination, autism, being different is NOT LESS. Back matter: Letter from Dr. Temple Grandin, Fun Facts from Interview, time line, About Temple Grandin narrative, photographs.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

NSTA Best STEM Books for K-12 SelectionNSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books SelectionDolly Gray Children's Literature Award RecipientA Mighty Girl Book of the YearIf 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. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe! The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin is the first book in a brand new educational series about the inspirational lives of amazing scientists. In addition to the illustrated rhyming tale, you’ll find a complete biography, fun facts, a colorful timeline of events, and even a note from Temple herself!