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Everything on a Waffle by Polly Horvath
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Nov 03, 2011

really liked it
Read from October 25 to 26, 2011

1.This is a junior book, other.

2.Primrose, an eleven year old girl, is certain that even though her parents did not return to shore after a horrific storm, they are still alive and trying to make it home to her. Her experiences of living with elderly neighbors, her uncle, interacting with other authority figures and trying to stay true to herself, give Miss Primrose funny but valuable life lessons that always taste better on a waffle.

3.A. This story is absolutely laugh out loud funny. Circumstances of characters, thoughts from the main character and addition of so many recipes definitely give this story a twist of spontaneous laughter.

B.The greatest aspect of this story is the voice of the young, main character, Primrose Squarp. From her original name to her unusual circumstances, this character is simply extraordinary. She stays true to herself, believes the impossible and views people as they truly are so that she can navigate her life around them.

C.Primrose begins her story by describing herself, “I am eleven years old. I have hair the color of carrots in an apricot glaze (recipe to follow), skin fair and clear where it isn’t freckled, and eyes like summer storms” (p 3). She is sure of herself and is not afraid or ashamed of whom she is two very difficult things for anyone to accomplish especially at eleven years old. Primrose made the best of each situation and gained perspective from Miss Bowzer, the chef of The Girl on the Red Swing. From wanting to “hear more about the places Miss Honeycut had traveled and the things she had seen” (p 7), getting “used to being short a toe” and enjoying “certain aspects of hospital life” (p 71)or spending “the whole weekend trying to trim the singed part of Herman’s fur so it wouldn’t show” (p 97) Primrose always would revert to what was in her heart and say it to anyone, “Didn’t you ever just know something, deep in your heart, for no reason?” (p 77). Turns out that Primrose realized that as long as she stays in Coal Harbour “you could get anything you wanted. And it always came on a waffle” (p 150).

4.Curriculum Connection- I believe this book would be better suited for a read-aloud where teachers can add voices to characters, emphasis on certain parts or quotes and to form discussion and reader response. I believe that this story could be used anywhere from 2nd to 5th grades.

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