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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book lives and breaths the love of family and friends. It invites the wisdom of a grandparent into the intricacies of deep friendship. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Deb
This is one of my favorite books for read-aloud with my students. I love the dialogue, the tale of friendship, and of course, the opportunity to read it in my best accent! Read morePublished 4 months ago by jerseylover
I love good stories...laugh, cry, having my heart fill up...a really good story does all of these...Granny Torelli makes Soup conjures up all these things... Read morePublished 9 months ago by the24frans
I hated this book I had to read it in reading class it was pretty dumb bony buy this bookPublished 14 months ago by Somebody
My grand daughter and I read this together for a book club my grand daughter belongs to. She is 9. Very high reading level and comprehension. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Unknown
I chose this book because I am reading this book in English. So I had to read it!! Thank You!!Published 18 months ago by Geoff Gardner
This book was really good with lots of examples of how to deal with issues. I enjoyed reading the book and learning a little bit of Italian language.Published 18 months ago by Dayle Anyan