Book Review: Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery
From Miss Mary at Main Library

Today’s review comes to us from Miss Mary.  Here’s what she has to say about this amazing biography:

“One of the best biographies for children written in 2012 is Temple Grandin:  How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, written by Sy Montgomery.  It is the story of a girl born in 1947, and almost from the start, it was apparent that Temple was not developing like a normal baby.  She didn’t laugh or smile when tickled.  She didn’t want to be hugged or held by her parents.  She did not speak until she was five.

“Her mother took her to specialists and she was soon diagnosed with autism, a disorder of the sensory system of the brain.  Little was known of autism at the time and the doctor’s recommendation was to institutionalize Temple and her father agreed with him.  Temple’s mother refused to send her daughter away and wanted her to attend school with normal children.  This was the beginning of a long journey which would end with Temple Grandin now being regarded as a brilliant scientist who revolutionized the livestock industry. 

“At 63, Temple still has autism but has shown to the world that her disability might really be a gift.  Sy Montgomery’s book not only tells this powerful story of what Temple Grandin accomplished, it also helps the reader understand autistic people and animals.  The book includes many photos and drawings and can be recommended as a “must-read” for upper elementary children, teens, and also adults who love great biographies.  Temple Grandin is an amazing woman who has overcome many obstacles and used her disability to change the world.”

A 2010 HBO movie called Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes, features the life and achievements of Temple Grandin.  It’s available here at the library, so be sure to check out the life of this amazing woman!

We’ve also got more books by award-winning author Sy Montgomery.  These are fascinating nonfiction books that take a look at things like the endangered Kakapo, the unusual Tree Kangaroo, and the vanishing Snow Leopard.  Montgomery teams up with photographer Nic Bishop to capture these stunning animals that most people have never seen before.

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