48 pages 1 hour read

Sharon Creech

Granny Torrelli Makes Soup

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2003

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Part 1, Chapters 19-23Chapter Summaries & Analyses

Chapter 19 Summary: “The Rescuer...”

Granny Torrelli and Rosie finish their soup, and Rosie realizes that she wants to be Bailey’s savior. She thinks, “I want to fix him, give him new eyes, make everything easier for him” (59). When Granny Torrelli asks again about Bailey, Rosie goes and gets her Braille books. Granny Torrelli is proud of Rosie when Rosie demonstrates that she can slowly read Braille. Granny Torrelli thinks that Bailey must be really proud, but Rosie explains that he is mad, not proud. She tells Granny Torrelli that it took her a year of a teaching herself at lunch to learn Braille, and she wanted it to be a surprise. When she was with Bailey, she asked him for one of his books, and she felt he was being smug, certain that she could not read the books. When she demonstrated that she could, however, he accused her of memorizing the words. She then took another book to show him that she could really read Braille, thinking he would be happy and proud. Instead, he told her to get over herself, and when she got up to leave, he did not stop her.