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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup Library Binding – July 29, 2003
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From School Library Journal
Grade 4-7-Sharon Creech's novel (HarperCollins, 2003) provides a humorous and endearing narrative about intergenerational relationships. Twelve-year-old Rosie and her grandmother, Granny Torrelli, begin to make "zuppa" as the story unfolds. The culinary setting becomes the backdrop for conversations about the ups and downs of adolescence, and the growing pains associated with the change in friendships over the years. The audio rendition brings a palpable energy to the text. Donna Murphy excels with her vocal characterizations and pacing, providing a vivacious and empathetic reading for all the characters and their moods-the earthy, honest Rosie, animated Granny Torrelli, composed Bailey, and Rosie's bouncy, upbeat nemesis, Janine. Diction is clear throughout. This is especially important as Italian phrases and words are sprinkled throughout. Teachers and librarians who are focusing on children with disabilities can use this as an insightful tool, as Bailey's blindness is faced head-on. The culinary experience can be shared by visiting Sharon Creech's homepage (http://www.sharoncreech.co.uk/torelli_recipes.asp) for Italian cooking recipes.
Tina Hudak, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Riverdale, MD
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'Creechily upbeat and wholesome, this simple but life-affirming story will warm the cockles' Books for Keeps --This text refers to an alternate Library Binding edition.