The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin by Julia Finley Mosca

Beautifully written non-fiction picture book, The Girl Who Thought in Pictures by Julia Finley Mosca, tells the inspiring story of Dr. Temple Grandin. I learned so much about one of my scientist heros and motivated by her actions in regards to her given shortcomings.

Dr Grandin, was born with autism and before she was given a diagnosis doctors wanted to give up on her and send her to a special hospital that would "care" for her needs. Her mother ignored the suggestions and did what she could to help her at home. When it came for Dr. Grandin to attend school, things were more difficult for her ownself to handle, causing her too much stress. Mom saved the day, once again and sent her to live with her sister on the farm. 

Here, Dr. Grandin flourished within the peaceful country environment, allowing her to take notice of what was happening in her mind without all of the distracting chaos. She began to see pictures in her head. From my understanding, rather than processing thoughts in words; she formed images instead. Later that fall, she attended a new school with an amazing teacher who opened a door to science and the given the power to make discoveries and explore her pictures. This led her to innovative steps for farm animals and achieved three degrees in college! 

This book gives me all the good feelings! What an incredible story of doing things anyway. Just because one is not the "norm" and is different doesn't mean that he or she is worth any less than the rest of us. I am so glad that her mom, her aunt, and her second teacher did not give up on her like the doctors did. Not only do we have better designs in agriculture because of her life, we also have this amazing women that travels to world to share the message: "Being DIFFERENT might just be what make you NEAT!"

Earlier today, I saw the following meme that pairs well with today's book:

Image: Found on Twitter
"Tetris, taught me that when you try to fit in, you'll disappear." Had the doctors or family tried to make Dr. Gandin "fit in" to our society or not allowed her to participate in "normal" daily life ... this girl who thought in pictures would have slipped through the cracks and went unnoticed. 

I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book everyday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...


  1. Love the book and the meme. I had to show this to my family as my wife used to play a lot of Tetris. Thanks for the post!

    1. Thank you, Aaron. I am so glad that you were able to relate. I had to explain to my daughter what Tetris was before she could understand it.

      a latte of blessings & sparkles, Jeanie


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