Synopses & Reviews
How can we give animals the best life — for them? What does an animal need to be happy? In her groundbreaking, best-selling book Animals in Translation
, Temple Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her experience as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think, act, and feel. Now she builds on those insights to show us how to give our animals the best and happiest life — on their terms, not ours. Knowing what causes animals physical pain is usually easy, but pinpointing emotional distress is much harder. Drawing on the latest research and her own work, Grandin identifies the core emotional needs of animals and then explains how to fulfill the specific needs of dogs and cats, horses, farm animals, zoo animals, and even wildlife. Whether it's how to make the healthiest environment for the dog you must leave alone most of the day, how to keep pigs from being bored, or how to know if the lion pacing in the zoo is miserable or just exercising, Grandin teaches us to challenge our assumptions about animal contentment and honor our bond with our fellow creatures.
Animals Make Us Human is the culmination of almost thirty years of research, experimentation, and experience. This is essential reading for anyone who's ever owned, cared for, or simply cared about an animal.
"Provocative...We're lucky to have Temple Grandin." New York Times
"A well-written, down-to-earth look into the lives of lots of animals, including animals that make up part of our food chain. Grade: A" Rocky Mountain News
"The text provides thought-provoking scenarios and references several animal studies...readers will be able to glean new perspectives about animal welfare." Library Journal
Praise for Animals Make Us Human
"Provocative...We’re lucky to have Temple Grandin." --New York Times
"Part owner's manual and part business proposal, Animals Make Us Human argues that we can treat animals better if we consider the emotions that motivate them...For pet owners, her perspecitve is invaluable...
With the groundbreaking Animals in Translation, Grandin drew on her own experience with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver extraordinary insights into how animals think. Now she builds on those insights to show how to give animals the best and happiest life. (Animals/Pets)
The author of Animals in Translation employs her own experience with autism and her background as an animal scientist to show how to give animals the best and happiest life.
About the Author
TEMPLE GRANDIN is one of the worlds most accomplished and well known adults with autism. She has a PhD in animal science from the University of Illinois and is a professor at Colorado State University. She is the author of four previous books, including the national bestsellers Thinking in Pictures
and Animals in Translation
. Dr. Grandin is a past member of the board of directors of the Autism Society of America. She lectures to parents and teachers throughout the United States on her experiences with autism. Most recently she was named one of Time
magazines 100 most influential people of the year. The HBO movie based on her life, starring Claire Danes, received seven Emmy Awards.
CATHERINE JOHNSON, Ph.D., is a writer specializing in neuropsychiatry and the brain. She cowrote Animals in Translation and served as a trustee of the National Alliance for Autism Research for seven years. She lives with her husband and three sons—two of whom have autism—in New York.