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You're Mean, Lily Jean!
     

You're Mean, Lily Jean!

by Frieda Wishinsky
 

Carly always played with her big sister, Sandy. They played dragons adn knights. They played explorers and pirates. They played mountain climbers and astronauts. Then Lily Jean moved in next door. Carly and Sandy are happy to have a new friend join their games. But Lily Jean changes everything. She decides they'll play house and orders Carly to be the baby. When

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Carly always played with her big sister, Sandy. They played dragons adn knights. They played explorers and pirates. They played mountain climbers and astronauts. Then Lily Jean moved in next door. Carly and Sandy are happy to have a new friend join their games. But Lily Jean changes everything. She decides they'll play house and orders Carly to be the baby. When they play king and queen, she tells Carly to bark--King Lily Jean demands a royal dog! Tired of being bossed around, Carly comes up with a way to teach Lily a lesson. With Sandy's help, can she turn a bully into a friend?

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Publishers Weekly
Carly and her older sister, Sandy, are stalwart playmates—until glamorous Lily Jean moves in next door. She has cool talents ("I can play the xylophone and drums"), she's stylish (wearing "shiny red shoes and a puffy red skirt"), and she's supremely self-possessed. Sandy caves in the face of the newcomer's charisma and, with only the faintest complaints, allows Lily Jean to relegate Carly to the least desirable roles in pretend play: baby, cow, and dog ("Dogs under the table," Lily Jean declares). It's only when Carly stands up for herself that Lily Jean's regime is toppled. Writing mostly in dialogue, Wishinsky (Where Are You, Bear?) brings a welcome reportorial cool to the bullying story; her willingness to avoid obvious cues to readers makes Carly's predicament all the more poignant and Sandy's capitulation feel worse than outright rejection. Denton's (A Bedtime for Bear) watercolors exude her customary balletic grace (few illustrators can make an extended arm or crooked wrist look so eloquent), and her light touch becomes a thread of reassurance for readers to follow until order and fairness are restored. Ages 4–8. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Sandy has always played with her younger sister, Carly, until Lily Jean, in her puffy red skirt and shiny red shoes, moves next door. With her considerable talents—playing the xylophone and drums, skating backward, and standing on her head—she is quite a presence, and Sandy seems to fall under her spell. Carly wants to play make-believe with the older girls, but not the demeaning roles Lily Jean gives her. When they play king and queen, she reluctantly becomes the dog, walking on four legs, crouching under the picnic table, and running off with Lily Jean's red shoe. In the mayhem that follows, Sandy stands up for her little sister and abandons Lily Jean, who is now willing to be anything, even nice, to play with the siblings. Illustrations are ink drawings, painted with watercolors and finished with oil and gouache accents. The three girls occupy most spreads, acting out their various roles in their backyard. Their movements are fanciful, and their faces are expressive. They play as real children do and work out their difficulties with both whimsy and humor. Simple yet natural dialogue makes this engaging tale a good choice for independent readers and as a read-aloud.—Mary Jean Smith, Southside Elementary School, Lebanon, TN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807594766
Publisher:
Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
272,030
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD350L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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