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Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Everything on a Waffle

by Polly Horvath

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Eleven year old Primrose Squarp lives in Coal Harbour, British Columbia. Her father, a fisherman, doesn't arrive home during a storm and her mother takes off after him, leaving Primrose orphaned. Although everyone believes her parents are dead, she is certain they are alive and while waiting for them to return, she is cared for by her uncle, a local woman, and finally foster parents all while visiting the Girl on a Red Swing, a restaurant that serves everything on a waffle. I was surprised how confident Primrose was that her parents would return and also intrigued by many of the wacky characters living with Primrose in Coal Harbour. This book would be good for intermediate children who want to read a bit of a silly tale. ( )
  AleashaKachel | Feb 21, 2015 |
Primrose is a young child who stays to herself. She loses her parents after a storm. She stays with a babysitter. Primrose try's to convince everybody that her parents are still alive. They all went out to dinner that night at Girl On A Red Swing where they could eat waffles with everything on it. And her parents return.

I Love that the story kept a positive attitude the whole time. It showed that she had hope. Which every child should have.

1. This is a great story to show students to never give up hope
2. Also to make the recipes in class
  christianf | Nov 16, 2014 |
Everything on a Waffle is a story about a girl who's parents get lost at sea. She meets and becomes friends with a restaurant owner who serves everything on a waffle. ( )
  tzarate | Apr 24, 2014 |
Had I been on the awards committee, I might well have voted for this book rather than for the actual medalist, A Single Shard. I certainly enjoyed reading it. Could it be that the heroine's Dickensian name (Primrose Squarp) took a few points off? And then, the Newbery Medals are for American books -- and although presumably Polly Horvath is a citizen or permanent resident of the US, she set her book in British Columbia. And the book is SO DARN CANADIAN -- which is a big part of its charm. Oh, it starts out like any other "problem book" for kids, with Primrose's parents lost at sea and her fate in the hands of the town council. But almost immediately funny things start happening, and Primrose never loses hope, and you realize this is not going to be another problem story. The setting, a fishing village in BC, is filled with characters who would be right at home in Cicely, Alaska. The only villain in the piece is, of course, a British aristocrat. All's well that ends well, and it's a fun way to spend a few hours. Kids can even try some of the recipes that end each chapter. Highly recommended. ( )
  auntieknickers | Nov 5, 2013 |
Everything on a waffle:A girl named sally who believes that her parents are lost at sea.But everybody else thinks they are dead.So she has to live with her uncle who believes that tourists should come and visit coal harbor. But he is too busy so she hangs out with Miss Beatrix the owner of the only restaurant in town that makes dinner lunch and breakfast...on a waffle! The antagonist of this story is the notorious school guidance counselor miss Honeycut who wants sally to go to a boarding school instead of living with her uncle.Soon believes that her parents are really dead.But then they wash up on shore and they tell their tale about how they lived on an island for a month!

Opinion paragraph:I think it deserved this rating because it is very touching but it is not " WOW! I think it was like this is a good book.I also liked this book because this girl has faith that her parents will come back. Sally also learns the goodness in peoples hearts.And miss honeycut has no goodness whatsoever! I also like how Sally has confidence in what she believes that her parents will always come back.It also teaches you that you should also have confidence.Also you should have faith! ( )
  adams.b1 | Sep 17, 2013 |
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In the small Canadian town of Coal Harbour, in a quaint restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, everything comes on a waffle--lasagna, fish, you name it. Even waffles! Eleven-year-old Primrose Squarp loves this homey place, especially its owner, Kate Bowzer, who takes her under her wing, teaches her how to cook, and doesn't patronize or chastise her, even when she puts her guinea pig too close to the oven and it catches fire. Primrose can use a little extra attention. Her parents were lost at sea, and everyone but her thinks they are dead. Her Uncle Jack, who kindly takes her in, is perfectly nice, but doesn't have much time on his hands. Miss Perfidy, her paid babysitter-guardian, smells like mothballs and really doesn't like children, and her school guidance counselor, Miss Honeycut, an uppity British woman of the world, is too caught up in her own long-winded stories to be any kind of confidante. Nobody knows what exactly to think of young Primrose, and Primrose doesn't quite know what to make of her small community, either.

She entertains herself in a variety of ways--mostly by wryly observing those around her with wisdom, compassion, and slightly cynical humor that belie her years. She also sits on the dock and waits for her parents to get back, goes to the store and tells the grocer the cottage cheese has expired (not appreciated), and writes recipes that her mother taught her in a memo pad. About Caramel Apples, she writes: "Do not muck around with chocolate or nuts or anything else fancy that may tempt you. It will only gum up the works. Sometimes you get tempted to make something wonderful even better, but in doing so you lose what was so wonderful to begin with." Everything on a Waffle is ultimately a folksy, Garrison Keillor-style take on small-town life, spiced with sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant anecdotes about the quirks and adventures of individual townspeople as seen through Primrose's wise eyes. It's a quiet, but very funny book, infused with the hope of a girl who knows in her heart that there are things that science, and even the uppity Miss Honeycut, can't explain. We first were introduced to author Polly Horvath with her National Book Award finalist, The Trolls, which you absolutely have to read if you haven't already! (Ages 9 to 13) --Karin Snelson

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Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

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