Book Highlight: Part 2
Now for the second installment of our seven part series on the 2013 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Ceremony. Below you will find the introduction given by Susan Freiss, Selection Committee Member for Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery.
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, is named an Honor Book for Older Children. This biography with much first person input from Ms. Grandin herself explains how her autistic mind works, how her peers and family perceive her, and her relentless efforts as an activist.
Introduction Remarks by Susan Freiss, Selection committee member.
This biography, written with much first person input from Temple herself, explores her perspective and experience growing up and living with autism. We see Temple overcoming obstacles and prejudice put in her way as a woman and as a differently able person. Temple combined her love of animals and her unique insights to create cruelty free animal facilities that are now used around the world.
The children who read this book in my class had a very positive and energetic response. Temple’s story facilitates a shift in heart and mind, illustrating not someone with a disability but someone with amazing abilities. This is a powerful book for children who feel different or wonder about those around them who seem different. Temple found her idiosyncratic self-confidence and strength and will be whole-heartedly admired by the young readers of this engaging biography.