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

By Angela Zimmerman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Upbeat rhymes tell amazing tale of scientist with autism.

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Told in playful rhymes and with whimsical cartoon-like illustrations, this is a wonderful account of an inspiring woman. It offers a relatively candid look at what it can be like to live with autism and can help kids empathize with those who have learning and developmental difficulties. A note at the end of the book from Dr. Grandin herself is a great addition, reminding kids that The Girl Who Thought in Pictures is about a revered real-life scientist.

A handy section in the back titled "Fun Facts and Tidbits From the Author's Chat With Temple" breaks down some of her notable accomplishments and anecdotes in paragraph-length bites. One describes the 2010 HBO movie about her life staring Claire Danes. The illustrated timeline with photographs, as well as an "About D. Temple Grandin" section that details her story in more depth, help older readers and adults gain a deeper understanding of her life.

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