Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech
by Bloomsbury, 2003
is not at all happy with the way things are working out with her
best friend Bailey from next door. But maybe she’ll consider
Granny Torrelli’s advice to try to think of the good things
about the person you are really angry with.
Granny Torrelli visits and begins making soup in the big red pot,
she and Rosie cook and chat through the problem sharing lots of
interesting thoughts and memories in the process. They discover
that they are very alike and have a stubborn streak in common. Rosie’s
falling out with Bailey causes Granny to cry when she remembers
a row with her childhood Italian sweetheart whom she left to follow
a life of adventure in America.
story explores the many emotions of growing up. The friendship shared
by Rosie and Bailey is sometimes marred by quarrels and jealousy
but progresses to an understanding by both that there’s room
for lots of friends in life. Granny Torrelli not only has recipes
for mouth watering Italian soup and pasta but she also has the recipe
for a happy family life.
Creech is the author of Ruby Holler, winner of the Carnegie
Medal in 2002.
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