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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
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Nov 01, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: realistic-fiction

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 revealing to her Granny Torelli the details of their most recent tiff. It becomes clear that Bailey’s blindness has played a dynamic role in their journey of friendship. It is apparent that jealousy creeps into their relationship due to the experiences they are unable to share with one another such as attending different schools, meeting new friends, as well as their physical differences.

Granny Torrelli’s character is brought to life through Creech’s inspirations of her own witty, Italian grandmother who would whirl into her house, cook, tell stories, and give great advice (www.sharoncreech.com). This inspiration helps Creech relay a realistic portrayal of Rosie’s grandmother. Creech not only develops realistic, believable characters, but divulges her readers in realistic problems with friendship, such as jealousy. But at the same time shows the impact the power of friendship and love can have on one’s life.

The plot lends itself to a diverse range of readers. Its realistic genre helps children relate to Rosie and Bailey’s prevailing, yet confusing friendship, while giving most readers a window-view into Bailey’s blindness, in which they are able to gain new insight on this physical challenge.

I think this book would be a powerful read aloud in the classroom. Creech does an effective job of emphasizing Rosie’s voice, and exposing her friendship with Bailey in a realistic way.
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