We are delighted to join the Nonfiction Picture Book meme 2019 hosted by Alyson Beecher @ Kid Lit Frenzy. We would also be linking our nonfiction choices with our reading themes throughout the year, when we can.
The book I have for today talks about the life of Dr. Temple Grandin. Dr. Grandin is currently a professor of animal science in Colorado State University. She was diagnosed with autism as a child and later became a prominent speaker about autism and animal behavior.
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures
The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin
Written by Julia Finley Mosca
Illustrated by Daniel Rieley
Published by The Innovation Press (2017)
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve checked out this title from our catalog. I’m glad that I’m finally able to feature this on the blog! If this title rings a bell, it’s because The Girl Who Thought in Pictures was from the same team that created The Doctor with an Eye for Eyes, which I featured last year.
In The Girl Who Thought in Pictures, readers are introduced to Temple Grandin. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Temple was unique and unusual. She hated loud sounds and crowded places. She would throw a tantrum when she was feeling frustrated. When she still hadn’t spoke a word at nearly three years old, doctors diagnosed her condition as brain damage. Temple’s parents did not give up on her. It was later discovered that she had autism.
She was “DIFFERENT, NOT LESS,”
they all finally agreed.
Growing up, it was the way that Temple thought that set her apart from other kids. Temple thought in pictures, not just one but a series of images. Needless to say, kids in school made fun of her. She got kicked out of school when she threw a book at a kid who was teasing her. Temple was sent away to live with her aunt who had a ranch. It was the beginning of the rest of Temple’s life.
Temple understood that she was special. She used her gifts to help people and encouraged others to keep learning and developing their abilities.
So, here is the lesson:
Feeling odd or offbeat?
Being DIFFERENT might just
be what makes you so NEAT!
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures can be perfectly paired with How to Build a Hug, which Myra featured on DiversesKidLit in February. If you wish to read more about Temple Grandin, you may check out her bio online. You may also watch her TED Talk here, in which Dr. Grandin shares how her mind works.