Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson

Harcourt,  January 2006

People with autism can often think the way animals think, which puts them in the perfect position to translate "animal talk." In this groundbreaking book, Temple Grandin draws on her own experiences with autism as well as her distinguished career as an animal scientist to deliver an extraordinary message about how animals think, act, and feel. Funny, informative, and full of incredible insight, Animals in Translation will forever change the way we look at our fellow creatures.

paperback | ISBN: 9780156031448 | Publication Date: January 2006

"At once hilarious, fascinating, and just plain weird, Animals is one of those rare books that elicit a 'wow' on almost every page. A."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Inspiring . . . Crammed with facts and anecdotes about Temple Grandin's favorite subject: the senses, brains, emotions, and amazing talents of animals."
--The New York Times Book Review

"Animals in Translation is wonderful! The most important book I've read in thirty years."
--Patricia McConnell, author of The Other End of the Leash

"Grandin's focus in Animals in Translation is not on all the 'normal' things autistics and animals can't do but on the unexpected, extraordinary, invaluable things they can."
--O, The Oprah Magazine

"At times, it is difficult to work out whether this is a book about animal behavior with insight from autism, or a book about autism that uses animal behavior to explain what it is like to be autistic. A major achievement of the book is that it is both."

"Full of heart, soul and crackling intelligence."

"Grandin's new book draws a fascinating parallel between autism and the way animals process the world around them."

"The real reason to read this book is its deeply logical approach to compassion . . . Animals in Translation may end up being the best animal book of the year, certainly the most human."
--Los Angeles Times

"Grandin reminds us, as almost no one else has been able to do, that humans are not human without animals."

"Animals in Translation explains how [Temple Grandin] combines her insight at the intersection of autistic and animal consciousness with research to interpret animal behavior often baffling to other humans . . . Earnest, humble and compassionate."
--The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

"[Animals in Translation] is suffused with a love of all creatures great and small, and full of helpful hints for raising pets."

"Much animal behavior is just plain puzzling -- except to Temple Grandin . . . Entertaining and insightful."
--Rocky Mountain News

"Using her autism as the key, [Temple Grandin] unlocks a riveting world of pigeon Picasso fans and hat-phobic horses."
--Entertainment Weekly

"Deeply moving and fascinating."
--Oliver Sachs

"Two thumbs up for this thoughtful and educational compilation."
--Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, author of If Only They Could Speak and The Dog Who Loved Too Much

"If one is interested in learning more about the lives and needs of animals, Animals in Translation is a must-read. I found it impossible to put down."
--Monty Roberts, author of The Man Who Listens to Horses

"Temple Grandin's insights are absolutely fascinating, groundbreaking contributions to the field of animal awareness. This book is deeply moving and a triumph on many levels, not the least the understanding of herself and her condition that Ms. Grandin has succeeded in achieving, conveying so lucidly, and putting to such productive use. She is an inspiration to us all."
--Alex Shoumatoff, author of The World is Burning

"In this insightful, quirky, and often funny volume, Temple Grandin takes us deep inside the minds of animals. Her observations about dogs, cats, cows, pigs, birds, fish, and horses are meticulous and humane, and her approach is impressive both for its synthesis of scholarship and for its original applications of theory. Grandin opens new vistas that will be invaluable to anyone who cares about the creatures of the earth and sky."
--Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon

"Temple Grandin has done many wonderful things for this world, things that have made a tremendous difference in the lives of animals and people . . . I feel strongly that her interpretations of animal behavior are correct. She has a Ph.D., too, but the autism has probably served her better. Now she has written a fascinating and compelling book, filled with wisdom and insight, that lives up to its promise of decoding animal behavior."
--Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs

"Animal lovers and people lovers will be thoroughly charmed by Temple Grandin's latest book. Its sweetly simple style, chock-full of fresh and funny anecdotes, somehow delivers brilliant insights into the way animals and autistic people perceive the world."
--Candace B. Pert, Ph.D., author of Molecules of Emotion