Cousin Ruth's Tooth

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The hunt is on for Cousin Ruth's missing tooth, and the Fisters are looking everywhere imaginable. "The supremely silly family's wild-goose chase [is] charted in an ideal marriage of text and artwork. . . . The rambunctiously sly rhyming text will tickle the funny bones of preschoolers as well as of jaded elders." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

When little Cousin Ruth loses a tooth, the whole Fister family is in a dither.

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Overview

The hunt is on for Cousin Ruth's missing tooth, and the Fisters are looking everywhere imaginable. "The supremely silly family's wild-goose chase [is] charted in an ideal marriage of text and artwork. . . . The rambunctiously sly rhyming text will tickle the funny bones of preschoolers as well as of jaded elders." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

When little Cousin Ruth loses a tooth, the whole Fister family is in a dither.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The irrepressible Feister family is back, this time in high dudgeon over a younger clan member's missing tooth. "The hunt is on, with the supremely silly family's wild-goose chase charted in an ideal marriage of text and artwork," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 4-8. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The irrepressible Fister family (Rachel Fister's Blister) is back, this time in high dudgeon over a younger clan member's missing tooth. The hunt is on, with the supremely silly family's wild-goose chase charted in an ideal marriage of text and artwork. With a few whisks of her watercolor brush, the truly priceless Priceman outlines the frenzied bustle suggested by MacDonald's madcap chronicle of the Fisters' fruitless search. The rambunctiously sly rhyming text will tickle the funny bones of preschoolers ("Check the hatbox./ Check the cat box./ Look inside the VCR") as well as of jaded elders ("Though they searched in ways most ruthless,/ after days they still were... toothless"). For added dash, Priceman has created a jazzy visual blend-dressed in outfits of yesteryear, Fisters scour such up-to-the-minute establishments as "Teeth R' Us" in search of a dental replacement. It's a perfect romp, and readers can only hope for more collaborations between these two. Ages 5-8. (Mar.)
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
Fans of Rachel Fister's Blister will be delighted to meet Cousin Ruth who has lost her tooth. The family tries creatively, but unsuccessfully, to help her find it. They ultimately do solve the problem with a little help from an outside source. The fun here is in the use of the language: outrageous rhymes and contagious rhythms that will have readers young and old bouncing in their chairs.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Cousin Ruth, a member of the wacky Fister clan introduced in Rachel Fister's Blister (Houghton, 1990), has lost a tooth. This everyday event throws the entire family into a riotous state, beginning with Ruth's aunt, who on the first page calls to her daughter "Rachel Fister, get your sister!" The characters' dash from page to page in search of the missing item is captured in Priceman's expressive watercolor illustrations. The text offers some very funny rhymes and jokes as different Fisters offer their personal solutions. Uncle Drew wants to stick on a new tooth with Super Glue, while cousin Keith wants to buy one at "Wal-Mart, Sears, or All-Mart." Finally, after days of searching, they decide to "ask the wisest to advise us" and fax the Queen for a solution. While they are trying to figure out her response, Cousin Ruth announces that she has found her tooth. A new one is growing under the old one. The colorful illustrations are entertaining and a perfect fit with the text. Each detail of the seemingly casual paintings has its own funny story to tell. This will be a great read-aloud, and it will also be enjoyed by beginning readers.-Anne Parker, Milton Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
" `Rachel Fister, get your sister!' Mrs. Fister spread the word. `Cousin Ruth has lost a tooth! O, careless youth! It's too absurd.' " Ah, this hapless family—no sooner have they coped with Rachel Fister's Blister (1990) than a new disaster strikes and the whole clan must come ineffectually to the rescue.

There are echoes of the old favorite I Can't Said the Ant in this zany melodrama by the author of The Spider Who Created the World (p. 138), and the Peterkins must be somewhere nearby. When the insistent beat of nursery rhymes is added to mayhem-filled pictures of a family out of their minds with dismay over a "lost" tooth, the result is priceless. The reassuring presence of Ruth, who is serene in her knowledge that a new tooth is already growing in, will give children a pleasurable feeling of smugness at the antics of this overprotective clan. A sophisticated vocabulary and carefully composed cadence make it a perfect piece to read aloud or perform.

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"The supremely silly family's wild-goose chase [is] charted in an ideal marriage of text and artwork. . . . The rambunctiously sly rhyming text will tickle the funny bones of preschoolers as well as of jaded elders." Publishers Weekly, Starred
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618310999
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/19/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.81 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy MacDonald's books include Rachel Fister's Blister, a Horn Book Fanfare title, and Quentin Fenton Herter III. She lives in Falmouth, Maine.

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