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Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Everything on a Waffle

by Polly Horvath

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Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath is a Newbery award winner. The books main character is a spunky little girl named Primrose. The story starts early on with the girl losing her parents at sea. She is then forced to stay with a foster family. Primrose is shuffled from family to family and each one is worse then the last. One thing stays constants through each home and that is her belief her parents are alive despite what others have said. Her safe place is a restaurant called Girl on a Red Swing where they serve waffles with everything on them. The young girl is labeled very strange and odd. At the end of the story however the young child’s family returns and she can then be a normal family again.
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I feel this book is very creative. At times a little sad but what I like the most is that Primrose always stays positive and hopeful about her parents. I think all children need to be positive even in the worst circumstance because their will come a day when things get better. The books illustrations and text are very appalling to the eyes and kind of humorous.
Classroom Extensions
1.The teacher could talk to his/hers class about a positive attitude and then have each student tell of a time when they were positive.
2. Each student could draw a picture of what they think having hope look likes.
3. Also the teacher could have a waffle party and the students could place funny ingredients on top of their waffles.
  KayleeClaunch | Nov 18, 2015 |
Everything on a Waffle is a very cute book for children. It is about a a young girl named Primrose. She lives with her uncle because her parents died at see. He doesnt have much time for her so she finds comfort in Kate Bowzer who owns a restaurant called The Girl on the Red Swing, everything comes on a waffle. This is a place where Primrose can get lots of attention and just be a kid.

An extension to this book would be to use playdough and cookie cutters. Make the waffles and them make differnt things to pile them high with. You could also have a discussion on how to deal with the emotions of not having a family to let them know that they aren't alone and help them cope with the issue. ( )
  Lauryn1025 | Nov 18, 2015 |
This book is about a girl named Primrose. Her parents went out to sea and didn't return. Primrose had to live with many different families. She had lots of terrible incidents living with her uncle Jack. I liked this book because Primrose had to live a hard life but when people told her that her parents were not coming back she never believed them. She always kept believing they would return. I recommend this book to people who never give up.
  myevzlin | May 25, 2015 |
The cover doesn't do the book justice - it's more exciting and thoughtful than that cartoon. The voice of the young girl is wonderful - she's frank & direct but is also open to the possibilities of the inexplicable. Most of the characters were richly layered - which wasn't obvious at first but as the girl matured and learned, we did too. Quick read. Especially for 'tweens. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
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 |
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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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