Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Best Friends Forever?


“Bailey, who is usually so nice, Bailey, my neighbor, my friend, my buddy, my pal for my whole life, knowing me better than anybody, that Bailey, that Bailey I am so mad at right now, that Bailey, I hate him today.” –Rosie

Rosie lives right next door to her best friend, Bailey. They have been best friends for forever and have done everything together since they were little. Rosie started being Bailey’s helper when it became apparent that he was visually impaired. Now they are eleven, and Rosie might be starting to have deeper feelings for her best friend. When a new neighbor moves in Bailey starts spending a lot of time with her, and Rosie is not happy about it. The story is told in three parts- each part has its own theme.  In the first part her grandma asks her to make a meal with her, but Rosie has no idea what else Granny Torrelli has up her sleeve. While they cook, her grandma shares some secrets and recipes. Rosie is thrilled to have this time to have a heart to heart with one of her favorite people. Granny Torrelli sprinkles in stories of her childhood throughout the day, helping Rosie to see that we sometimes act out of jealousy and why it is important to let those feelings go. Will Rosie be able stop feeling jealous? Is there any way for Rosie and Bailey to get their friendship back? This book will touch your heart and make you laugh as you get to know these memorable characters.  
Granny Torelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech is a hilarious book that will make you want Granny Torrelli to be a part of your family. Not only does she know how to make some delicious meals, but her funny antics will crack you up. Granny Torrelli also serves up a side dish of wisdom to try to help Rosie see why jealousy is not the answer.  It is a super book for people of all ages and I think kids in fourth through eighth grade will especially relate to Rosie. The book touches on blindness, friendship, and how we see what is inside of ourselves. I could easily relate to the characters because each one has such a strong personality. I really like Rosie and think she has many qualities that make me want to be friends with her. Granny Torrelli makes you realize that jealousy gets you nowhere. The style is unique and I loved the short chapters! If you have not read this story, I highly recommend it. It just may make you want to cook soup, or any meal, with a family member and you will try to appreciate what you have.

“My Granny Torrelli says when you are angry with someone, so angry you are thinking hateful things, so angry maybe you want to punch them, then you should think of the good things about them, and the nice things they've said, and why you liked them in the first place.” Rosie, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

Has anyone else read Granny Torrelli Makes Soup by Sharon Creech? Or have you read another book by Sharon Creech?

Happy Reading! ~L

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    1. Hi Sharon- Thanks so much for stopping by. Your writing is so captivating and I love the characters you create. :) L

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  2. How wonderful, it brought back such fond memories of me and my childhood best friend as her grandfather baked the most beautiful bread.

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    1. Petty- So glad we helped you take a trip down memory lane. That bread sounds SO good! ~L

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  3. I haven't read the book, but it sounds delightful and touching. And full of soup. Maybe some of that soup for the soul, huh? lol

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    1. Lexa- It is a delightful book! I love the characters and the soup has to be wonderful. :) ~L

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  4. This sounds a delightful book. I would have to add it to my list. Thanks for posting about it!

    Nas

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    1. Nas- This is a fast read and such a treat! Enjoy! ~L

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  5. Oh my gosh, as I was reading this, it reminded me of the grandma in Walk Two Moons, which is one of my all time favorite children's books. Ding-dong, then I noticed this is also written by Sharon Creech. I know I'll LOVE this book, too. Thanks for featuring it here!

    Oh, and how cool that Sharon Creech left a comment! Woot!

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    1. Hi LynNerdKelley- We were over the moon excited that Sharon Creech stopped by and left a comment. Yeah! Her books are so wonderful and unique. Walk Two Moons is on our list to read! How exciting that the grandma is similar to Granny Torrelli. :) ~F and L

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  6. Oh my gosh, as I was reading this, it reminded me of the grandma in Walk Two Moons, which is one of my all time favorite children's books. Ding-dong, then I noticed this is also written by Sharon Creech. I know I'll LOVE this book, too. Thanks for featuring it here!

    Oh, and how cool that Sharon Creech left a comment! Woot!

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  7. This looks so sweet <3 Love stories about friendships and growing up.
    I must add some Sharon Creech to my to read list I'm working on. She's a popular author that I need to read already.

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    1. Adriana- This book is such fun! Very touching! I think this is a book that you will love. I highly recommend her books. Ruby Holler and Granny Torrelli Makes Soup are two of my favorites. I hope you get to read something by Sharon Creech soon! :) ~L

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  8. I have read this one...it truly is wonderful!

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    1. Patty- So glad to hear you enjoyed this one, too! :) ~L

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    1. Leslie- I can't wait to read that one! ~L

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    1. Lee- Granny T is the best! :) L

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  11. I haven't read this one yet, but I'm very impressed by the themes covered in this book. I'd like to invite you to link your review in the Kid Lit Blog Hop! Spread the word! :)

    http://motherdaughterbookreviews.com/kid-lit-blog-hop-15/

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    1. Renee- I hope you get to read this one soon. It is awesome! I love the Kid Lit Blog Hop! Thanks! :) L

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    2. Glad you linked in your recommendation again in the Kid Lit Blog Hop. I still haven't gotten to this one - but it sounds so good! :)

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  12. Wow this sounds wonderful. Thanks so much for linking in to the kid lit blog hop. I will have to pop over to goodreads to add this to the to be read. Cheers Julie Grasso

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    1. Jambo- It is a wonderful book! We are happy to be a part of the hop. Happy reading! ~L

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  13. No I've never heard of this book before and it sounds so so adorable and heart tugging.

    PS: I just found out my library has copies so... squeeee

    ~Akoss

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    1. Akoss- Yeah! So happy your library has copies of this one. I think you will love it! ~L

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  14. Aw, never heard of this book before. But ohhh. It sounds awesome :D I think I would love it. <3 So glad you loved it ;) Thank you so much for sharing your awesome review :D

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    1. Carina- It is such a great book! I think you will love it. Granny Torrelli will warm your heart. :) Thanks for stopping by! ~L

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  15. Great review! I have enjoyed some of Sharon Creech's other books (Walk Two Moons and The Great Unexpected are good) but I haven't picked up this one yet. It sounds wonderful! Thanks for linking up to the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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    1. Hi Katie- Thanks! I look forward to reading The Great Unexpected. We loved being a part of the Kid Lit Blog Hop. :) ~L

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