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Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath

Everything on a Waffle

by Polly Horvath

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This book is great for all students. Although it is about a girl who refuses to believe her parents are dead after the storm, she winds up in foster care and with her uncle. She watches her caregivers pass and does not show emotion. Her parents eventually come back, they were not dead! I would recommend this book for all children, and the ones who may have some issues going on at home, so that they can know that everything will be okay soon. I would use this in my classroom as an individual or partner reading book, read chapter by chapter. ( )
  MayraVasquez | Sep 19, 2018 |
Primrose moves in with her uncle when her parents both disappear at sea. Everyone else in their small British Columbia town says they're dead, but Primrose holds on to the belief that they'll still come back. She struggles with kids at school and with the uppity, narrow-minded principal, but finds unlikely friends in the old lady who took her in before her uncle arrived and the proprietor of the local restaurant, which serves everything on the menu on a waffle.
I neat little story with vivid characters, of which Primrose is definitely the star. Bonus: recipes for several of the restaurant's offerings are included at the ends of chapters. ( )
  electrascaife | May 18, 2018 |
Everything on a Waffle is a great book for advanced elementary school readers or middle school readers. It is a realistic fiction chapter book about a young girl named Primrose who is an orphan. Soon her Uncle Jack takes her in and she gets to experience all sorts of new things and people that she would never think to imagine. This chapter book is filled with characters, humor, insights, stories, and even recipes too! It is a great book for young readers. Highly recommended! ( )
  kew057 | Oct 16, 2017 |
Everything on a Waffle is a chapter book about Primerose Squarp who's parents died and she was left and orphan, she eventually lives with an uncle who the courts found. When found comfort in going to a restaurant that serves everything on a waffle, Mrs. Bowzer works there and she helps Primerose with problems and helps her find peace.

I think this is a nice story about finding peace and happiness in life. I cannot personal relate to the problems that Primerose had, but I think this is a great story for a teenager to read about talking to people to help solve problems they may have.

In the classroom I would read this as a group. During our reading time we would read this aloud and take turns. After each chapter we would discuss what happened. we would talk about the characters and the authors point of view and how Primerose was feeling.
  Kirsten05 | Apr 23, 2017 |
Summary: a young girl is dealing with the lost of her family and living with a relative. She finds a diner where they serve everything on a waffle and she finds a friend who is willing to listen to her and give her advice to overcome her mourning.

Personal: This book will be great for young children who are experiencing mourning, it can help them understand that it is okay to talk.

Classroom: Draw a picture of your favorite food(s) on a waffle.
  courtneynorton | Apr 17, 2017 |
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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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