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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

by Sharon Creech

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  JenJ. | Mar 31, 2013 |
Granny Torrelli makes soup is a cute story about a girl who's having trouble with her best friend and tells her granny about everything over a nice bowl of soup. ( )
  meadert | Oct 22, 2012 |
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  tmquitshaw | Dec 26, 2011 |
6th to 8th grade. Granny Torrelli Makes Soup is a heartwarming tale of a teenager who works though her problems while cooking with her grandmother. Twelve year old Rosie is having trouble surmounting an argument that she's had with her best friend, the boy next door. But Rosie's Italian grandmother knows just what stories to share. Newbery award winner Sharon Creech writes as sensitively as ever about her character's hearts. She plays with an unusual prose style in that is arguably almost verse. For example she puts what the characters say in italics instead of quotes. Here is an example of a complete paragraph for the novel and how each one is so short. "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-puh!" There is a distilled quality to the text. Teenage readers will enjoy seeing an author break rules and tailor a text for a story. Thus as well as being a touching tale about family and friendship, it is highly suitable as a mentor text in a school setting. This book is highly recommended to public, and middle school libraries. ( )
  JeneenNammar | Dec 17, 2011 |
This is yet another gem by the Newbery award-winning author of Walk Two Moons and The Wanderer.

Rosie's friend is Bailey. He is blind and he is wonderfully funny, sensitive and kind. Together Bailey and Rosie smoothy navigated the childhood years as they leaned on each other.

Now, however, as the beginning of teen hood aproaches, the rules suddenly are different. Previously confident of her feelings of friendship, when a new girl moves in the neighborhood, Rosie becomes unsure and jealous.

Rosie's loving, practical and magical Italian granny dispenses receipes for lasting friendship.

While making homemade pasta and soup, Granny Torelli stirs the pot of warm feelings and secret ingredients for life, love and friendship.

This is a wonderful book, wisely written as once again Sharon Creech demonstrates her astute ability to convey the feelings and thoughts of young adults.

Highly recommended! ( )
3 vote Whisper1 | Mar 9, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0064409600, Paperback)

In this endearing story by Newberry Medal-winner Sharon Creech, a wise old Italian granny skillfully imparts life advice (and cooking lessons) to her winning but sometimes obstinate 12-year-old granddaughter.

Best known for Walk Two Moons and The Wanderer, Creech makes good use of another inventive format: Rosie's story unfolds first, over making and eating zuppa, and then Granny Torrelli tells parallel stories from her own childhood to help Rosie with her current predicament. Granny Torrelli's tales are laced with endearing, fun-to-say Italian: "I didn't like it, not one piccolino bit," as is her attempt to help Rosie mend her rift with her best friend Bailey ("That Bailey boy!"), for whom she's starting to feel more-than-friendship feelings.

The details of both Rosie's and Granny Torrelli's respective stories are often quite funny (from Braille jealousy to secret guide-dog training for the legally blind Bailey). But, as usual, what Creech does best is slyly proffer small, nourishing morsels of wisdom--not unlike the cavatelli, the "little dough canoes," that Rosie, Granny Torrelli, and that Bailey boy labor over in the book's sweet second half. Just be warned that you might find yourself starving by the end of the story. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

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With the help of her wise old grandmother, twelve-year-old Rosie manages to work out some problems in her relationship with her best friend, Bailey, the boy next door.

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