Book review for Temple Grandin. How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery
A girl had all the odds against her, but she did not budge. Instead, she took a closer look and found a way to make these odds beneficial, and she succeeded. In the book Temple Grandin. How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World by Sy Montgomery, the author told us the story of a brave autistic warrior called Temple Grandin who fought for the rights of cows. The central idea of the Temple Grandin biography was that your weaknesses can become your strengths because there are always two sides to everything.
Autism had caused Temple to have some noticeable distinctions from ordinary people, it could be noted as her weakness. For example, when she was young she “didn’t hug her mother or father or hold out her arms to be picked up” (Montgomery 2). Temple was a stone cold child who couldn’t understand love. Adult Temple described her frequent childhood panic attacks as a scenario as “’Imagine the worst stage fright you ever had,’ she said, ‘but worse. It was like you would feel if you were locked in a room with a cobra’” (Montgomery 56). From her own describing of her memories, it is plain to see she had a miserable childhood. This was all because she couldn’t find her strengths in her weaknesses. As time passed, Temple found out that she had a special bond with animals. For example, she said that “’when I see someone squeeze an animal too hard in a squeeze chute, it makes me hurt all over’” (Montgomery 83). Her sensitivity and observance had once been a weakness because she couldn’t stand certain noises and sensations, but now it’s an advantage for her to design better types of equipment for farm animals. When Temple visited farms to investigate the living conditions for cattle, she was treated horribly by other farmers, but because “she hadn’t yet learned to read human faces and postures, so she had no idea these people didn’t like her” (Montgomery 82). So, this trait of autism, which is minimum social skills, actually gave her the gift of an unshakable confidence. Confidence and sensitivity was not the only strength Autism gave her. Temple’s strong fixation, one of the hallmarks of autism, was once considered a flaw by past psychologists she had met, but now people “has seen her work seven days a week, sometimes for three months at a time, without a single day off. ” (Montgomery 97). she had turned her focus on once throwing long tantrums to drawing up detailed plans to ensure the well-being of farm animals.
Autism was the “weakness” Temple had, but looking at the other side it also gave her strengths like fixation, observance of details, compassion, confidence, and determination. The central idea of this biography is that your weaknesses can become your strengths because there are always two sides to everything, and Temple sure lived her life up to this concept.
Montgomery, Sy.Temple Grandin. How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World. USA :HMH Books for Young Readers. 2012. Book.