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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  4,314 ratings  ·  324 reviews

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 w

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Kindle Edition, 172 pages
Published (first published July 29th 2003)
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Malbadeen
could i put a bazillion kids books on here? yes. do I? no.
you're welcome.
But Sharon Creech is worth pointing out.
Her books are diverse in style and kick ass in story but mostly I love that she respects kids enough to speak in ways that are less than orthodox for kids books.
I LOVE that she writes in away that teachers would be mortified to see their kids write.
I LOVE that while teachers are beating their kids over the head with the lame-ass "First, Then, Next, Finally" format and "Topic Sentence,...more
L12_danielle
I listened to "Granny Torrelli Makes Soup" and truly enjoyed it. This story features Granny Torrelli (an excellent zuppa, or soup maker), twelve-year old Rosie and her neighbor, Bailey. The friendship of Rosie and Bailey has its ups and downs. Rosie can change from good friend to sassy girl to ice queen in a matter of seconds. Bailey bounces through his reactions to Rosie and plows through his own challenges as a young blind boy. Through it all, Granny T. tells stories, makes the two friends lau...more
(NS) Brea M
In the book, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Sharon Creech offers a story of strong characters and meaningful relationships through good old fashion cooking. Rosie is a high spirited 12 year old with a best friend Bailey. The two grew up next to each other and did everything the same until it was time to go to school. That’s when Rosie realized Bailey was different, he was blind. Rosie’s attempt to help Bailey anyway possible, at times gets a bit overwhelming to him. When Rosie gets upset with Baile...more
Terryann
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....more
Rachel G
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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...more
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 blind
would you like to go to the same school as your bff...more
Amanda Harris
Rosie gets some great advice, from her granny Torrelli, about life in general, but more specifically about her best buddy/pal Bailey-the boy who lives next door. Bailey and Rosie have literally grown up together and have been separable ever since. Bailey developed a condition early on that left him blind, making Rosie feel like she wants to protect Bailey. Now that they are older, Rosie realizes that her feelings for Bailey are more than just friends, however, she is unsure of herself and where...more
Vonnie
Food can make people come together and become closer. In this book, the making of soup played an importance in the story. I found Granny Torrelli Makes Soup to be a very cute read and I liked how it was told through making a dish.


3.5

The book was broken up into two different parts, and each part there was a different kind of recipe being made. The first part concentrated on making "zuppa" or soup. The main character Rosie was mad at her best friend Bailey. While helping her grandmother make the...more
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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Yoonmee
An easy read, probably great for reluctant readers. I loved this book. Heck, I even teared up a bit while reading it. A wonderful book about family and friendship.
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...more
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 twelv...more
Janessa
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...more
Ashley
Creech’s “Granny Torrelli Makes Soup” told from a 12 year old girl’s point of view, shows the vulnerability of friendship. It integrates topics of growing up, interpersonal relationships, as well as exposes the physical challenge of blindness.

Creech develops two rounded characters, with whom we get to know on a deep level as a reader, Bailey and Rosie. They have been best friends since they were born. Throughout the story, Rosie takes you on the journey through her friendship with Bailey while r...more
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 r...more
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 t...more
Goneballinihg
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 g...more
Stephanie
Granny Torelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech is a hilarious book that will make you want Granny Torrelli to be a part of your family. Not only does she know how to make some delicious meals, but her funny antics will crack you up. Granny Torrelli also serves up a side dish of wisdom to try to help Rosie see why jealousy is not the answer. It is a super book for people of all ages and I think kids in fourth through eighth grade will especially relate to Rosie. The book touches on blindness, friends...more
Jess
Jun 16, 2013 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th-6th; reluctant or weak readers through 8th
Recommended to Jess by: Other Sharon Creech stuff
Shelves: z_13, juniors
Rosie, oh Rosie, what will she do about Bailey, her buddy, her pal, her Bailey?

We could focus on this being short with lots of white space and italics instead of quotation marks. Or how it's full of internal girl wondering, and jealousy, and bit of anguish.

But instead let's focus on how much I liked this story about a girl who's not sure what to do with her best boy friend who lives next door or about the new girl across the street. And how nice it is that she has a grandma who comes over to li...more
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 thi...more
Linda Lipko
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...more
Jane
This is a lovely little slow moving book in which nothing much happens with the plot except the main character makes soup and pasta with her best friend and grandmother and new people move into the neighborhood. But there is a lot going on in the dialog, internal and external. The chapters are short and there is a lot of space between paragraphs. This could be a great book to share out loud with a new reader.
Hannah
This was a really good book. Please check it out at your school's library because it is Very Good!

Book Summary:

"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 warm

...more
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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
Granny 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 t...more
Olivia
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.
Heather
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.
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...more
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....more
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I was born in South Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland, and grew up there with my noisy and rowdy family: my parents (Ann and Arvel), my sister (Sandy), and my three brothers (Dennis, Doug and Tom).
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“My granny Torrelli says when you are angry with someone, so angry you are thinking hateful things, so angry maybe you want to punch them, then you should think of the good things about them, and the nice things they've said, and why you liked them in the first place.” 11 likes
“I pretended he was my brother, only he was better than a brother because I chose him and he chose me.

—Rosie”
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