Besides Temple's spirit and determination, her mother and aunt and uncle provided her with the environment and input she needed to reach her potential. A high school teacher helped her explore her gifts. In spite of her limitations in speech and social interactions, Temple succeeded and thrived, all the way through college and graduate school.
Several scenes in the movie show her determination at work. In college, she created a hugging machine, inspired by a cattle chute at her uncle's ranch, to help her calm herself. Even when the college officials forced her to give it up, she fought back and won permission to keep a device in her dorm. Later, when she was researching the treatment of cattle in stock yards, the men tried to keep her out by refusing entry to women. So she dressed as a man, fooling the gatekeepers! Claire Daines portrays Temple's quirky behavior in these situations beautifully and with respectful humor.
|Temple transformed the cattle industry by trying to see stockyards from the cows' point of view.|
Bottom line, 3 1/2 stars.
Here are some books she has written, and one by her remarkable mom: