Sonderbooks Book Review of Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

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****Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

by Sharon Creech

Reviewed October 26, 2004.
JoAnne Cotler Books (HarperCollins), New York, 2003.  141 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF CRE).
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2004, #7, Children's Contemporary Novels

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup is short and sweet, but I found myself thinking about it for days after I had finished reading it.

Rosie is mad at her best friend, Bailey.  Bailey’s a blind boy who’s been her friend since they were babies.  Rosie tells Granny Torrelli about what Bailey said while they make soup.  Granny Torrelli tells Rosie stories about when she was young in Italy, and it puts things in perspective for Rosie.

In the second section, Granny Torrelli and Rosie make pasta.  This time, Bailey is with them.  But all is not rosy between them.  Once again, Granny Torrelli has stories that make things more clear.

With simple conversations, Sharon Creech conveys a host of emotions and deals with the universal themes of friendship and forgiveness and jealousy.

Reviews of other books by Sharon Creech:
Bloomability
Love That Dog

Hate That Cat

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