As he plays Father, he says that he is "sick of all this responsibility. His real parents probably argued and his real father probably felt overwhelmed with the responsibilities of caring for his own family. Both Rosie and Granny Torrelli tell stories involving a dog. Compare their two stories.

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As he plays Father, he says that he is "sick of all this responsibility. His real parents probably argued and his real father probably felt overwhelmed with the responsibilities of caring for his own family. Both Rosie and Granny Torrelli tell stories involving a dog. Compare their two stories. Why did each of them get involved with a dog? How are their experiences similar?

When Pardo got the dog, he was spending all his time training it. Granny thought that if she could get the dog to love her, it would spend more time with her and then Pardo would spend more time with her, too. Rosie also uses a dog to get closer to her best friend. When Rosie finds out about guide dogs in school, she wants Bailey to have one, but when she speaks to Bailey about it, he is a little condescending.

Originally, she wants Bailey to have a guide dog because it would be so helpful, but her motivation to train the mutt changes. It is no longer to get closer to Bailey, but to prove him wrong. Compare their friendship to one of your own. As Rosie and Bailey grew up together, both their mothers would tell Rosie that she needed to take care of Bailey, which is different than the mutual dependency between two sighted friends.

Bailey began to develop a sense of independence because he learned to do things without Rosie. Rosie began to feel a little resentful because he was less dependent on her. Unlike friendships between two sighted people, they needed to become aware of how his blindness affected both of their life experiences and feelings. After Bailey and Rosie stop fighting, Rosie thinks, "Something else is squeezing in between us.

Do you think Bailey feels it, too? Why or why not? When Bailey and Rosie stop fighting, Rosie is thinking about the jealousy she feels about the new girl on Pickburr Street, Janine. He does not realize how she feels, even when she speaks "icily. The Violeta story helps him understand how Rosie felt and he confronts her about it: "Rosie, are you jealous?

Why is Bailey mad at Rosie for learning Braille but happy to tutor Janine? Rosie keeps her learning of Braille a secret so that she can surprise everyone, especially Bailey.

What makes Rosie become her "ice queen" self? Her "tiger" self? Her "sly fox" self? What emotions does she feel in each case? How does she behave? Do other characters have different selves? Rosie changes into these different versions of herself when she is dealing with emotions of anger and jealousy. When Rosie feels her "ice queen" self, she feels cold and emotionless. She is angry, but she is trying to control it. She is not speaking much: "I say nothing. My tongue is frozen.

My lips are ice My eyes are freezing solid, round ice globs. My ice words drop out. She is ready to, "pounce on that Bailey boy" and "chew Bailey alive. Like Rosie, Bailey also has other selves. We see his tiger self when he lashes out at Rosie for learning Braille, and we can guess that his tiger self is simmering under the surface when Rosie starts speaking about meeting the new boys in the neighborhood.

She was certainly sly as a fox when she tricked Violeta into letting her cut her hair! Imagine what it would be like for them to attend the same high school. Bailey and Rosie have a long history with each other and it is hard to imagine the strength of their friendship changing. However, if Bailey were suddenly able to see, he may become interested in things that he had never been able to do before.

This may lead to new experiences and friendships that do not include Rosie. Rosie could feel alienated because Bailey may not need her help in the same way. Students may be able to connect this to a time in their own lives when they grew apart from childhood friends because their interests changed. Why do you think Granny tells about the sick baby? Find evidence to support your answer. Although times were different, relationships were still filled with the same emotions: jealousy, anger, and forgiveness.

The difference between Granny Torrelli and Pardo and Bailey and Rosie is that Granny Torrelli and Pardo were so angry with each other when she wanted to go to America that they stopped speaking. He died and Granny Torrelli was never able to tell him how much she loved him.

The baby almost died and that helped Granny Torrelli realize that time was too precious to waste on petty things: "I felt as if I was ten years older I felt as if my life was bigger now.

Why do you think food makes it easier for characters to communicate and connect throughout the book? Find examples to support your answer and discuss whether you think these moments could have happened without food. Students may use several different examples from the story. As the characters in this story communicate and connect with one another, they are often engaged in making food. Making the food gives the characters something to focus their nervous energy on.

This makes it easier for them to communicate some of the difficult stories or feelings because they have something to do as they talk. Additionally, it is difficult to maintain anger when involved in such a cooperative and physically close task. Sometimes, the action of making food helps to diffuse the anger and encourage cooperation.

The best example in the novel is when Bailey and Rosie are talking about Janine as they make pasta, meatballs, and sauce. Rosie begins to mangle the dough as they tell Granny about Janine: "I am too busy strangling the dough to answer. I am thinking how that Janine girl made me introduce her to Bailey When it is time to roll the dough into the cavatelli noodles, Granny tells Rosie to help Bailey make the noodles. Early in the book, Rosie wants to help Bailey and do everything for him to keep him safe, but by the end she has changed her mind.

What events influenced her opinion? Compare her feelings about Bailey at the beginning and at the end of the book. At the beginning of the story, Rosie is told that she must take care of Bailey, but soon begins to realize that he can not only take care of himself, but can also take care of her. One day when Bailey and Rosie were younger, Bailey went off on his own. Everyone was imagining the worst, but he turned up back home safe and sound, and would not admit that he had been lost.

He only said, "I went for a short walk that got very long. This may be the beginning of her realization that Bailey may be more independent than she and others had thought. Just after remembering that event, Rosie remembers the time that girls from school wanted to fight with her and Bailey came to her rescue.

Rosie was initially worried that the girls would take advantage of him, but soon realized that they did not see a boy with a disability, but instead a boy who was "tall for his age and strong. By the end of the novel, Rosie and Bailey seem to be moving toward a more equitable and mutually dependent relationship.

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Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

August True friends: Bailey defends year-old Rosie from school bullies; Rosie secretly learns to read Braille as a surprise for Bailey, who is blind. Rosie calls Bailey "my neighbor, my friend, my buddy, my pal for my whole life. We watch as various sides of Rosie surface: odd Rosie, stubborn Rosie, take-charge Rosie. While making zuppa soup or pasta with Rosie, she shares similar experiences of when she was a girl in Italy with a best buddy named Pardo. When a beautiful new girl named Violetta threatened her relationship with Pardo, and a handsome boy named Marco moved into the neighborhood, Granny faced many of the same problems Rosie is encountering.


Granny Torrelli Makes Soup: Summary & Characters

He said to me, Rosie, get over yourself! It was not a compliment. I said, Bailey, you get over your own self. Which shows you just how mad I was, to say such a dumb thing. 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. Granny Torrelli is always so reasonable, so calm, so patient, except maybe for the time a man tried to get into her house, pretending he was the meter reader, and she smashed the door on his foot and picked up a broom and opened the door again and beat him on the head with it and told him she had a gun which she did not really have and would use it if she had to. Then she told him he was a pitiful excuse for a human being, going around like that trying to take advantage of old ladies even though she normally does not like anyone else to call her an old lady.


Granny Torrelli Makes Soup Discussion Guide

This lesson provides a summary of Granny Torrelli Makes Soup. Here we will learn about what happens in the story, who the main characters are, and what roles they play. Bailey, we learn, is blind--or nearly so. Rosie is his best friend who lives next door, and it is through her voice that we hear this story. At the beginning, the two friends have had a fight, and Rosie is fuming.

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