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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (497 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sy Montgomery Narrator: Meredith Mitchell Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781482982749
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When Temple Grandin was born, her parents knew that she was different. It wasn’t until years later that she was diagnosed with autism, a brain disorder that makes communication difficult. Today, Dr. Temple Grandin is a brilliant scientist and professor of animal science at Colorado State University. Her world-changing career has revolutionized the livestock industry—each year, half the cattle in the United States are handled in cruelty-free facilities she has designed. She is also a passionate advocate for autism, using her experience to prove that people with this disorder can have “normal” lives.

To achieve this unprecedented success, Temple used a unique ability: she thinks visually, the same way animals do. Because she thinks in pictures, she can see the world as a cow or a dog or a pig might see it. And so she knows that animals raised for food deserve good lives and should be treated with respect. Now she gives them their voices.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Montgomery’s book not only tells the powerful story of one amazing womans life journey but also has potential to help readers understand autistic people and [understand] animals.”

    Horn Book

  • “[A] lively, well-worded narrative...For librarians who struggle to find well-written biographies of women, this is a must-buy.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The biography of an exceptional woman who, remarkably, made use of her condition to discover her calling and changed her own and many animals’ lives…A well written, admiring, and thought-provoking portrait.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Finalist for the 2014 Flicker Tale Children’s Book Award
  • Finalist for the 2012 Cybils Award
  • A 2012 New York Public Library Recommended Book for Young Readers
  • Finalist for the 2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award
  • A 2013 ALA Notable Book: Children’s Recording
  • A Finalist Honoree for the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 2/19/2014

    " Sy Montgomery does an admirable job of describing what it is like to be an autistic person whose senses are on fire. She had Grandin's full participation in writing this biography, which includes tips and resources for autistic kids and for kids who are interested in animal rights and welfare. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 2/10/2014

    " Fascinating biography. I feel like I learned a lot not only about Temple Grandin, but also about the autism spectrum in general. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 2/8/2014

    " Interesting book. A non-fiction that students would be interested. Good as a non-fiction read aloud. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny Fisher | 2/3/2014

    " What an interesting lady! It is amazing how she has used her differences as strengths to help so many other people (and animals!). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/31/2014

    " So good. Lots to think about with this one. Well written too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/28/2014

    " I didn't know anything about Temple Grandin going into this. Inspiring, and well written for kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cathy Blackler | 1/24/2014

    " Nice biography of Temple Grandin. Upper elementary students will identify with Grandin's love of animals & her struggle to fit in. A great book to include for Women's History Month, with a focus on Grandin's tireless work for animal rights rather than on her disability. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 1/23/2014

    " Very clear, interesting, and easy read. This is at heart a biography, but also explains well the meat industry and autism. All of these difficult concepts will be accessible to young readers, and are handled in the sensitive manner required of the topics. We hear much about more high-functioning aspects of autism these days, but this book gives readers a good idea of the variety of symptoms and severity present on the spectrum. Temple Grandin is a fascinating woman, made stronger and more able to do the wonderful things she has done because of her autism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nina | 1/14/2014

    " A fully engaging read. Nothing flashy about this book, but totally engrossing and solid. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 12/19/2013

    " Great book on autism for teens! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alexa | 12/10/2013

    " I find Temple Grandin extremely interesting. I think this is a great introduction to her life and contributions but sometimes the way it was organized drove me crazy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lise | 12/6/2013

    " Fascinating and enlightening book about one woman's life with autism and how she built a career out of her strengths and passions-as a scientist and designer of animal processing operations. Good life lessons! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 10/20/2013

    " This book gave me a broader understanding of autism. It also had some great information on the cattle industry. My son is involved heavily in Future Farmers of America (FFA). I think this book would be great for anyone involved in 4-H or FFA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn | 7/12/2013

    " This is a great example of clear and interesting writing for children. It serves to illuminate the full life of an autistic woman and brings a subject to children that may not have appealed to them before. Gr 5 & up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 7/2/2013

    " Excellent book for children to read to help them understand Autism & Asperger's. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bekah | 3/7/2013

    " Quick easy to read book about an amazing woman who learned to use her autism as a gift to help animals. This woman lives in Fort Collins and works with CSU. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/10/2013

    " Middle grade, simple text but the slaughter house discussions may disturb kids. Very worth while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 8/29/2012

    " Great narrative nonfiction. Sy Montgomery presentation is informative, read-able and engaging. "

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About the Author
Author Sy Montgomery

Sy Montgomery is an author, naturalist, newspaper columnist, scriptwriter, and radio commentator who writes award-winning books for both children and adults. She lives in Hancock, New Hampshire. She and photographer Nic Bishop won the Sibert Medal in 2011 for their collaborative work on Kakapo Rescue: Saving the World’s Strangest Parrot.

About the Narrator

Meredith Mitchell is an actress who has performed in such films as Mona Lisa Smile and The Reunion, on stage with Shakespeare & Company and the New Repertory Theatre, and on television on Good Morning America. She received her BA in psychology from Emory University and her MFA in acting from Brandeis University.