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.

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This is a short book about Rosie and her feelings for a neighbor boy, Bailey, who is b lind. She has very strong mixed feelings about Bailey, which confuses her somewhat, but as she talks them over with her Grandmother while making soup, she hears stories from her grandmother's life that help her make sense of her own.

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.


Questions and disucssion for my penpal:Did you like Granny Torrelli Makes Soup? I liked it a lot. I especially liked the way that Rosie describes her feelings. Sometimes she is a tiger girl and sometimes an ice queen or sly fox. Some of my feelings are fierce like a bear, or sneaky like a snake or hard like stone. I also liked the way that Granny Torrelli imagines her family having a big pasta party in the sky. I think that is a nice way of thinking about your family members after they are gone. I thought the ending was really great too. Bouncy Janine and the new neighbors and Bailey's family and Rosie's family all having a pasta party; what a great way to make new friends!On page 27, Rosie rips Bailey's book. What do you think she was hoping would happen? Have you ever been really angry and broken something? How did you feel afterwards? On page 83, Granny Torrelli wants Bailey to crack the eggs without Rosie's help. Why do you think she does this? Wouldn't it be easier for Rosie to just do it for Baily? Why do you think Bailey was mad at Rosie for learning braille? Why do you think Bailey decided to help Janine learn braille after he was so angry with Rosie about her learning braille? On page 128, Bailey has the ice king voice. Why do you think he would be upset about the new boys moving in across the street?Granny Torelli says "Tuto va bene" in the book. Out here in Phoenix, we say "Todo es bien". It means the same thing except in Spanish. I really like being your pen pal! And I hope to hear from you soon.

Sam Poole

Sharon Creech was my favorite author when I was younger and I'm in the process Of rediscovering her. The story of Rosie and Bailey's young love and an afternoon of making pasta is touching and complex. Creech writes her characters with nothing less than pure mastery- their lives are complicated by small and large missteps and tragedies, a revolving cast of characters and prescient nostalgia. Not a lot "happens" but in that it is remarkably successful. Mm and Granny Torrelli's food sounds amazing.


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.


Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon CreechGranny Torrelli Makes Soup is a strange but heartwarming story. It’s about a girl named Rosie and her friend Bailey. Bailey suffers from blindness. Ever since they were babies, Rosie and Bailey did everything together and everything the same. When Rosie heard of Bailey’s blindness she didn’t want that to come between them. Then Rosie decides to “learn to be blind”. Bailey takes it that Rosie is making fun of him and begins to fight with her.I disliked this book because there was no story to it. I really just read it in thirty minutes. The book was mostly the main character complaining the whole time about how her best friend is a jerk, stubborn, and evil. I did find the ending sweet though. I recommend this book to people who want a quick read, and something about obstacles. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup Wasn’t Creech’s best.Reviewed by- Hannah Greenberg


Granny Torrelli is the story of friendship between twelve year old Rosie and the boy next door, Bailey. They have grown up alongside each other, and have shared everything together. Which is why Rosie doesn’t understand why Bailey gets angry at her for learning how to read his books — written in Braille because Bailey is blind. Added to the misunderstanding is the tension that arises when a new girl moves in across the street. A ‘too-friendly’ new girl who ’smiles all over the place’. A new girl who Bailey seems to like. Maybe even more than Rosie.The problems are simple, but the emotions are real, which makes the problems important both to Rosie and to the reader. The voices of the children are perfectly pitched, their thoughts, words, and feelings accurately tuned to who they are and what they are experiencing at the age they are experiencing it. But what makes this book so precious to me is the figure of Granny Torrelli, arriving in the midst of these boiling tempers and simmering problems. Rosie introduces her like this: ”Granny Torrelli comes over, says she’s in charge of me tonight. She wants soup. Zuppa! she calls it. She says it like this: ZOO-pah!”With the matter-of-fact bustle of a seasoned cook, Granny calls Rosie and Bailey to help her in the kitchen. They roll fresh pasta; mash ground beef, eggs, and onions into meatballs; stir spices into red sauce, and in the process of cooking, and listening to Granny’s stories about her childhood friend, Pardo, Rosie and Bailey learn to see beyond their hurt feelings and misunderstandings. Granny’s stories create the circular shape that Creech often uses in her writing — the cycle that moves beginnings to endings, to brand new beginnings. The beginning of her friendship with Pardo is an echo of Bailey and Rosie’s friendship. It’s ending creates a new beginning for them. The entrance of the new neighboor is another beginning that promises new returns.The story is a also a testament to the magic of the kitchen: of the nourishment that comes both from and through cooking, and also of the sense of comfort and connectedness that come from food. In a recent article in The Horn Book Magazine, author Linda Sue Park discusses the importance of food in the books we read and write. “Food and love are the earliest things we learn,” she says, “with the deepest roots and reverberations. Maurice Sendak knew this when he wrote in Where the Wild Things Are that Max wanted to be “where someone loved him best of all” — and that love was epitomized by a supper that was still hot” (”Still Hot: Great Food Moments in Children’s Literature,” The Horn Book Magazine, May/July 2009).Creech knew it, too, when Rosie carries the steaming bowl of cavatelli, “covered with the beautiful red sauce, to the table, and Granny Torelli brings the bowl of meatballs and spareribs, and Carmelita brings the extra sauce, and Bailey has the cheese, and Pop brings the salad, and Mom pours water in everyone’s glass.” The new neighbors are invited to the feast, and Rosie imagines “Granny Torrelli’s mama and papa and sisters and brothers and Pardo and my grandpa Torrelli, all up in heaven having their own pasta party.”“My world,” Rosie says, “seems a little bigger.” She is seeing those cycles that swell and repeat and never end, inspired by the nourishment that comes from the combination of friendship, love and food.

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.


This book (in my oppinion) has a unique setting for the story.In this novel Rosie(the main character) and her grandmother decide to cook various things in her kitchen such as soup,meatballs,and other delicouse items.While preparing these meals they reflect on things that occured in the past and discuss many different events.Overall this book will captivate any type of audience,young or old.


This realistic fiction novel is about the struggles of a blind child. Rosie and her best friend Bailey(who is blind) make soup and pasta while talking about their problems with “loved by all” Granny Torelli. At the beginning, Rosie is very mad at bailey because he insulted her when she revealed she was secretly learning brail. Over time, the problem was solved. In no time though, another conflict broke out when the new girl, Janette moves in. Rosie almost immediately holds a grudge on the new girl because she feels Janette is stealing bailey from her faster than 1…2…3... Especially when Bailey agrees to give her brail lessons after getting mad at Rosie for learning it secretly. Will and if so, how will these conflicts of Mulburry St. be solved? Read to find out. I didn’t like the book very much because I thought it was kind strange how half the book was spent making pasta and the other half spent making soup. On goodreads I rated this two stars out of five and I’m sticking with that rating. I thought the book was to quick to come up with a good plot. I think this book is for people who are struggling in relationships with their friends.

Ann Marie

I loved this book !!!! I would recommend it for a fourth grade summer reading list. I love Granny Torrelli and wish she was mine !!!!


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.

NewFranklin School

This book is very short, which makes it a great book after you just finished reading another book and are trying to find a book.It's like an in between book! This Italian family has little family soup and pasta party's. I'm telling you, you should read this book as an in between! - Abbey F.


Family Read Aloud event at our school was a huge success! Close to 200 families participated in this event. Families were provided this book to read together at home with tips from Jim Trelease. Our culminating celebration was a huge success! Parents and children were abuzz about the relationship between Baily and Rosie! The backdrop of making soup with Granny Torrelli offers an intimate and funny conversation between Granny and Rosie about life and the comparisons between young and old. This book touched all ages! I would highly recommend it as a family read aloud or a book to share among friends.

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.

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