Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

ISBN: 0064409600
ISBN 13: 9780064409605
By: Sharon Creech

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Bailey, who is usually so nice, Bailey, my neighbor, my friend, my buddy, my pal for my whole life, knowing me better than anybody, that Bailey, that Bailey I am so mad at right now, that Bailey, I hate him today. Twelve-year-old Rosie and her best friend, Bailey, don't always get along, that's true. But Granny Torrelli seems to know just how to make things right again with her interesting stories and family recipes. It's easier to remember what's important about love, life, and friendship while Granny Torrelli makes soup.

Reader's Thoughts

Justin Langlois

What a cute story! Granny Torrelli, Rosie and Bailey seem to live an entire life in this extremely short novel by Sharon Creech (her husband is a former headmaster at Pennington!) Rosie is your "typical" middle school girl with a blind boy for a best friend (Baily) and a grandmother (Granny Torrelli) who has a knack for saying and doing the right thing at exactly the right time. And of course, the food makes your mouth water the entire time you are reading! You only need a few hours to enjoy this one, so give it a shot.

Tychrishia

Thanks to the wise grand mother granny torrelli. Her ganddaghter was named rose. her best friend was blind at the age of four his name was baily.Baily an rosi was raised next door to each other.They were like brother an sister.And they were the same age, 12 yers old but baily was one mounth born after rosi. But when it came to school were Rosie had a fit over her best friend, it was time for granny torrelli to solve the problem.If you were blindwould you like to go to the same school as your bff? stand up for the orgument thats coming like a wild tornado.I think i would hate to leave my bf alone .Beacause what if he or shefind another friend whos just like them. Right it will hurt you Deep down in side.But granny torrelli. MadeHer grandaghter to have trust in Baily.granny- torrelli was like a grannyas your personal therpy Instead of ms/mr grumpyTalking about your relationship

EhMan

** spoiler alert ** EhManHumanities4 ways thinking Granny Torrelli Makes Soup 4 Ways Thinking Book The book “Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech written in 2003” is mostly about Granny and her granddaughter Rosie. Rosie has a best friend name Bailey. He is blind so Rosie helped him with things around the house. Sometimes Rosie feels that Bailey likes Janine instead of her. She would be mad at Bailey for no reason. Rosie would over think about Bailey sometimes. However, Granny is there to help her and tell her what’s right and what’s wrong. Granny makes food for Rosie and Bailey all the time and sometimes they helped out. The story Granny told helped out Rosie and it was also connected to her life. Rosie is never calm and when granny helped her, she do things better. The calmer you are, the better off you will go. Rosie is over reacted about a boy she likes. That cause her to hate the Bailey and herself. She thinks too much and it’s not good to think that much. She worries about stuff like “I wasn't! Maybe you were lost, Rosie, but I was not lost! I wasn’t!” Like, Rosie thinks Bailey is lost because he is blind but he’s not. Rosie needs to calm a little and everything would be fine with Bailey. Sometimes granny helped out Rosie which is great. At the end, Rosie was more mature and her relationship with Bailey was much better.This book is not right for a older kids like me. It’s for a little kid like 6 to 10 years old to read. Overall this book is really fun and easy to read. It uses character talking a lot. The character communicate too much in my opinion. “Now, where were we? Bailey, I say. We were talking about that Bailey” It’s getting boring when the author told they make food and stuff. They make food all the time and I personally don’t really need to know that. At the same time it’s boring and fun. It’s fun for kids to read this book. I don’t recommend 12 or older kids to read this book because it’s not worth it. It’s just a boring book but and easy to read.

Josiah

Who does this kind of book any better than Sharon Creech, really? The voice that she creates for a young girl like Rosie is ceaselessly comforting to the deep-down hurt feelings of readers because it reflects our own inner voices in so many ways, honestly bringing to the forefront the kinds of puzzling emotions that real people feel, emotions that are so often obfuscated by our carefully constructed protective walls.Granny Torrelli Makes Soup is the gently humorous, intimate portrait of a twelve-year-old girl named Rosie, her best friend Bailey, and Rosie's Granny Torrelli, who has a way with helping Rosie see the big picture in the smaller—as well as the more serious—arguments that she has with Bailey. Granny Torrelli has life experience in the form of anecdotes from her own childhood that help clarify the events of Rosie's life, giving Rosie insight to realize how much Bailey's friendship means to her, and that such a rare bond as they share should never be let go of because of misunderstandings or angry feelings. A relationship like the one she has with Bailey doesn't come along often enough, and it is precious. It is so, so precious, as Granny Torrelli knows from personal experience... The emotion of this story is unexpected, always seeming to crop up at times unforeseen. We see the true affection that Rosie holds for Bailey, and the love of Granny Torrelli for her own childhood friend, Pardo, back in old Italy. The passage of time has left Pardo back long ago in Granny Torrelli's past, but the specter of his influence steadily remains in the wisdom that she has attained through the years, and the love and encouraging support that she has to give to Rosie. Through the preparation of delicious Italian meals in expectation of a rich banquet at which the family and their many friends (both old and new) will be able to get together all in one place, the savory sweet and painfully sad memories of Granny Torrelli's past intermingle with the experiences that Rosie is having now with Bailey to sew a larger a tapestry of love and hope for the present and future, which will buoy the hearts of readers just as it does for Rosie's spirits. One never can tell how the intricacies of the future will unfold, but one can hold on to dear ones like Bailey, and look forward to the future with the determination to appreciate everything and everyone that one has in the here and now, for as long as those people are still with us. I have to admit that Granny Torrelli Makes Soup is one of those books that I really can't find a way to do justice to in a text review. It's impossible to fully explain the overall emotion of the story that bleeds through like liquid in a sponge. This is a tremendous book, though, with the perfect balance of humor and melancholy remembrance. I think that it has to be considered one of the finest stories that Sharon Creech has written, and I would give it a three and a half stars that would tend toward the high end of the scale.

Bones Kendall

I am reading this to my kids before sleep. I do this about thirty minutes every night. I usually try to play voices. This is a great read aloud story! I only do a hint of the Italian, not the parody, so I only add a bit of an -a to Granny's voice. Mostly it's in the rhythm of Creech's dialogue.My kids are into it. They understand the emotional nature of the story. Rosie is so honest with how she feels!I'm not yet done, but I am looking forward to the last fifteen pages. It hass been a fun, short read. I got it at the used bookstore, but I noticed it because I had previously considered it for my English 97 class (two levels below 101). I chose Rules, by Cynthia Lord, instead.Granny Torelli Makes Soup features a character who has a vision impairment. My 97 class is disability themed.

Peter Krumholz

Four years ago I found Granny Torrelli Makes Soup in my math teacher's book collection and decided to read it to pass the time. I fell in love with the innocent writing, the simpleness in the voice of a 12 year old girl who loves her blind best friend, and the incredible naïveté that is deeply etched into this small book, albeit in a heartwarming, refreshing manner. The vignettes which complete the story go straight to the heart; I find myself connecting with Rosie as she narrates them in her colorful, exotic way. It became an instant favorite. It's still, after four years, what I turn to when there's nothing else to read.

Jenn Engle

Completely enjoyed the characters' personalities and the tempo & mood of the plot. Really liked the life lesson embedded in the story, too.

Katie

** spoiler alert ** A wise Italian grandmother imparts life advice (and cooking lessons) to her 12-year-old granddaughter, Rosie. Rosie’s story unfolds as she and Granny make and eat zuppa, and Granny Torrelli tells parallel stories from her own childhood to help Rosie with her current predicament. Rosie and Bailey are neighbors, born only a week apart. She has always been his helper as he was born blind. But now they have a falling out. As Rosie tells Granny, Bailey is acting spiteful, all because she tried to be just like him. To be just like Bailey, Rosie secretly learned to read Braille and unknowingly took away the special thing only he could do. When the two of them come together with Granny Torrelli in the kitchen and make cavatelli, the rift between them heals. Stories and wisdom continue as sauce and meatballs are made, helping to clarify feelings. As family and friends raise a glass of water to toast the cooks, Rosie realizes that her world is indeed bigger as is Bailey’s.This was not the best book, but it was very heartfelt. I did not like the character Janine, but I did like the fact that the Italian Grandmother's childhood was parallel to Rosie's.

Emma

The story starts off with the two best friends Rosie and Bailey getting in a fight. Rosie talks with Granny Torelli all about Bailey and their friendship. While talking, Granny makes soup. Once the fight is over, the two friends bond over the new girl on their street and deciding they do not like her. While making soup, Bailey, Rosie, and grandma discuss past experiences. Jealousy is a huge theme in this story that could be a great lesson for students. Granny is one of those characters who you really feel connected to while reading the story. While the two friends are young and inexperienced, Granny has knowledge and has her own, funny, spin on situations. I think this is an absolutely amazing story. I could not help but think of my own grandma as I read this story. My grandma, like granny, uses random Italian words and also loves to cook. Besides the physical similarities, the emotional qualities are what really reminded me of my nana. They are both such kind, good listeners, and will always know the right thing to say. I definitely recommend this book!

Amy

For several years, our school librarian has been reading this book aloud to our fifth graders. It is about Rosie and Bailey and their very real friendship, complete with competition, jealousy and true caring for each other. Interspersed are Granny Torrelli's insights as she shares her own stories, while engaging the kids in soup and pasta-making. This is a great book for interactive responses. We would have the kids role-play being Rosie and Bailey during the "Inner Thoughts" activity in which the student can share their characters REAL feelings about a situation. We also did "Call on an Expert" where a student would role play being Oprah or Abraham Lincoln, or some other wise figure who could offer advice to the characters. Students loved these activities and it got them involved in the story and the characters. Sharon Creech writes about the everyday concerns of "tweens" in a real, but gentle and often funny way in this book. She appeals to both boys and girls. (Love That Dog, is also especially good for boys.)

Rachel G

Rachel Gedies 74Granny Torrelli Makes Soup The book I read for my book review was Granny Torrelli Makes Soup. The story is funny, heartwarming, and deserves a five star rating. I strongly recommend this book to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders because the story is about two life long friends, Rosie and Bailey, who are learning to deal with issues in their friendship. The story also involves Granny Torrelli, who helps her granddaughter Rosie, and Bailey ‘’Boy’’ learn how to resolve their issues when she brings them together to make ‘’Zuppa.’’ One reason why I recommend this book is because Rosie and Bailey are dealing with relationship problems, which is something that most twelve year olds have to deal with. Rosie and Bailey have known each other for a very long time, ever since kindergarten, and have never really fought until now. Bailey, who is blind, gets mad at Rosie for learning to read his Braille book. Bailey doesn’t like that Rosie learned to read the one book that only he could understand. This was the one thing that he could do that she could not. Adding to the problem, tension rises when a new girl moves into the neighborhood, a girl Bailey seems to like a little too much, maybe a little bit more than Rosie. Rosie describes her as a girl who is ‘’ too friendly’’ and who ‘’ smiles all over the place.’’ Although Bailey may not understand Rosie’s feelings, Granny Torrelli does. The support and wisdom she provides is another good reason to read this book. Granny Torrelli purposely brings Rosie and Bailey into the kitchen to make ‘’Zuppa.’’ She shares stories with them about her childhood friends and the hurt feelings that she learned to deal with when she was Rosie and Bailey’s age. Granny Torrelli understands that time is precious and should not be wasted on unimportant things. She shares with them the story of a sick baby she once cared for. Granny Torrelli tells Rosie and Bailey, ‘’ I felt as if I was ten years older… I felt as if my life was bigger now.’’ (p. 136) Granny Torrelli understands the importance of connecting with one another. The kitchen is the perfect place to connect and find comfort through food. Through her stories, Granny Torrelli helps Rosie and Bailey work through their own hurt feelings and mis understandings. Granny Torrelli helps Rosie and Bailey understand that jealousy is normal and that the best friendships will last no matter what they face. As they all join together to enjoy the feast they have created in the kitchen, Granny Torrelli exclaims, ‘’ Tutto va bene!’’ All is well!

Sarah

Another battle of the books selection. I came into it ready to like it because a dear friend introduced me to loving Sharon Creech books - (yes you LTL). And it didn't disappoint. It's a sweet story of a girl, Rosie, whose best friend and next door neighbor, Bailey, is a boy who is blind. The two children were born a week apart and grew up together, and the book takes place at that time of life where friendships can shift. Luckily Rosie's grandmother Granny Torrelli is not only older but wiser too. As she and Rosie (and Bailey) cook together in the kitchen, Granny can share her stories and wisdom. It shows that lessons of the heart are timeless as we all learn to live and love together. There are funny parts and sweet parts, and a book I was happy to have Liza read.

Chloe Johnson

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup is about a girl named Rosie and her best friend named Bailey , he is blind. Rosie comes from an Italian family. Rosie and Bailey have some drama throughout the story. Some neighbors moved in and Rosie got really jelous on how much Bailey payed attention to them. Meanwhile , Granny Torrelli is making soup for supper and she is telling them how she got really jelous of her best friend and now she regrets it a lot. This book is interesting. It shows alot about friendship. Once Rosie hears Granny Torrelli's story , she learned to be more grateful. Rosie changes her attitude throughout the story. It was kind of short, but i liked it.

MoMo

Granny Torrelli makes soup. The genre is realistic fiction. in the begginig Rosie has a best friend named Bailey and they did everything together. Granny Torrelli makes soup which she calls "zuppa". in the middle of the story Rosie and Bailey are not friends anymore. And Granny Torrelli tries to fix the problem and it doesn't work. At the end of the story they become friends again. The most interesting part in the story to me was when they weren't friends because it was like the boiling point. I choose this book because it looked very interesting and I wanted to try it out. I liked this book. I recommend this book because its catchy and and people would like it. I think people who like realistic fiction books should read this book. I will read another realistic fiction book next probably.

Beth

I wasn't diggin' this book in the beginning, but once I got about half-way through and started to develop some empathy towards the characters, I really enjoyed this book from then on. I think the characters of Rosie, Granny Torrelli and Bailey are what make this book so endearing. I wasn't crazy about the style of the writing, but the actual story and development of the characters I thought was really sweet and easy to relate to.

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