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Animals in Translation


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How do animals think? How do people think? How do people with autism think? Why do these three groups have so much trouble communicating? This wonderful book throws together humorous animal stories, personal anecdotes, and scientific data to provide some intriguing answers. Grandin is autistic and a well-known expert on animal behavior; she argues that animals are detail thinkers, most humans are "big picture" thinkers, and individuals with autism fall somewhere in between. There are insights into animal behavior, practical advice on animal discipline, and even some examples of jobs for which being autistic is an advantage. Obviously written for the nonscientist, this work clearly defines technical terms and breaks down the most complicated information into simple, easy-to-understand sentences. Shelley Frasier gives a low-key reading that is entirely appropriate to the authors, text, and subject matter. Already a best seller in print, the audiobook deserves the same status. Recommended for all libraries.-I. Pour-El, Des Moines Area Community Coll., Boone, IA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Animals in Translation" is vintage Grandin; she just gets better and better. Each page is crystal-clear, conceptually profound, and empirically fascinating. Whether the reader is a cattle rancher looking for guidance in managing animals in a non-stressful way, or a layperson interested in what is going on behind the eyes of a pet, Grandin's work is the guidebook of choice for what, to most of us, is terra incognita. Her wit, crisp clear style, and unique voice synthesizing the most up-to-date scientific knowledge with voluminous personal experience make this book a pleasure to read, and a joy to learn from.-- Bernard E. Rollin, Colorado State University Distinguished Professor, and Professor of Philosophy, of Biomedical Sciences, and of Animal Sciences

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