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

The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin will inspire, delight, and thrill you as you learn more about the incredibly talented Temple Grandin!

This book is a true story about a woman named Temple Grandin, born in Boston, who was “unique from the start”.  She was unable to speak by age 3 and didn’t enjoy hugs.  The story continues to draw you a picture of a girl who is withdrawn and doesn’t enjoy “normal” things.  

However, her mother finds special teachers to help Temple talk and discovers her diagnosis of autism.  They explained she was “different, not less” and instead, thought in pictures.  For example, if someone talked about a fly, in her mind she would see dozens of fly photos buzzing by!

Temple was picked on in school for repeating her words.  One day, she had enough and threw a book at a kid.  This incident forced her out of school but turned out to be a turning point for Temple.   

Her mother sent Temple to an aunt’s farm and where she discovered her love language was animals!  As she grew up on this farm and attended a more supportive school, her imagination began to soar.  

She built an invention mimicking cows snug in a cage hugging her with boards, instead of arms.  This kept Temple calm and made her feel special!  She vowed someday to offer solutions for other beef raising farms who were void of humane methods transporting cattle. 

The book continues to discuss in poetry format her fascinating adult life.  Temple graduated with 3 degrees and her tenacity to help farms raising cattle with traditional methods turned out to be a huge success.  Eventually, many farms did adopt her design of transporting their livestock in a peaceful, kind, and calm way.  

This book contains sweetly drawn images which immediately reminded me of the picture book  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly.  It is a very easy read for an elementary-aged child using a galvanizing poem.   This would also make a great read aloud for preschool aged children.

As a home school teacher, I was delighted to obtain an advance copy for review as it's a great resource for a unit study, especially for young girls.  You could spend each day of the week with your daughter or granddaughter reading Temple’s story, another day discussing the success of her overcoming incredible obstacles.  The next day reviewing the contemporary timeline, and then write a letter to Temple thanking her for being such an inspiration.  Lastly, another idea may be to check out some more books about her at the library or another inspiring female.  Maybe even watch a video recommended at the end of the book.

My take away from reading this lovely story is seeing a woman transform from all of her “shortcomings” to revealing an incredible gift of innovation and use it for good across the country.

I would highly recommend picking up a copy of this The Girl Who Thought in Pictures as you and your girls will be encouraged, enlightened, and empowered while reading this delightful story!

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