Rachel Fister's Blister


With all the vitality of a jump-rope rhyme, the whole community pours in with remedies for Rachel's blister, and all romp across the page in lively illustrations.

Rachel Fister's blister sends adults scurrying for a cure, but nothing seems to help until they appeal to the Queen for advice.

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With all the vitality of a jump-rope rhyme, the whole community pours in with remedies for Rachel's blister, and all romp across the page in lively illustrations.

Rachel Fister's blister sends adults scurrying for a cure, but nothing seems to help until they appeal to the Queen for advice.

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Editorial Reviews

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"It's difficult to believe that this book is a collaboration, so perfectly matched are the text and art." Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Jennifer Waldrop
Rachel Fister's Blister was written for children, but the delightful prose makes it an enjoyable read for anyone who is young at heart. The book begins with the main character, Rachel Fister, getting a blister. The rhymes continue throughout the story as the young girl seeks helpful advice from the people in her town. Most of the advice is not helpful, but it is imaginative and amusing. The book also sends a positive, if subtle, message to young girls. The main character is a smart, clever young girl who makes an excellent first role model. In addition, the doctor is a female rather than the more common male depiction; and the queen, who ultimately provides the solution, is described as being very intelligent. In addition to the narrative, the illustrations are also very well done and add color and movement to the story. For busy parents who may not have time to read the book to their child, there is an audio CD that comes with the book. Reviewer: Jennifer Waldrop
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In PW 's words, ``The pandemonium caused by Rachel's `tiny little blister' is a joy to hear--and behold. MacDonald's sparkling tale has the exceptional virtue of making her verse seem effortless. Priceman's harumscarum drawings run riot over the pages.'' Ages 4-8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-- This book's infectious rhythm and rhyme demand that it be read aloud. When Rachel Fister discovers a blister on her little toe, her parents summon the entire neighborhood to help find a cure. From hot tea to lemonade, from broccoli to prayer, nothing works until Queen Alice `` `the smartest, that's for sure' '' provides the perfect suggestion. MacDonald's clever verse keeps the action perking along and constantly makes a silly situation even more absurd. And no one would have ever guessed there are so many rhymes for ``blister.'' The watercolors contribute verve as characters dash around the pages in their efforts to help Rachel. By varying the perspectives, Priceman enhances the story's energy; the book perfectly captures the pacing and hilarity of jump-rope rhymes and tongue twisters. Although very young children may be confused by the rapid pace, picture-book veterans will delight in its high spirits. --Kathy Piehl, Mankato State University, MN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395657447
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1993
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 815,191
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 450L (what's this?)
  • 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.

Marjorie Priceman has illustrated many books for children, including the Caldecott Honor–winning books Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin and Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon Ride. Marjorie lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

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