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You're Mean, Lily Jean! Hardcover – March 1, 2011

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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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Carly loves playing in the backyard with her big sister, Sandy, until bossy Lily Jean moves in next door, takes over their games, and tries to shut Carly out. When Sandy and Lily Jean play house, Carly has to be the baby. When they play cowboys, she has to be the cow. When Carly finds a clever way to get back at Lily Jean, she gains her sister�s support. Now the outsider, Lily Jean changes her tune. Wishinsky re-creates a common childhood experience through realistic dialogue and actions that convey every emotional shift. Just as engaging, Denton�s watercolor illustrations capture the girls� attitudes with gestures and facial expressions that speak volumes. Well paced and fine for reading aloud, this picture book has universal appeal, since every child who�s encountered a mean kid will delight in watching the tables turned on Lily Jean. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 350L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807594768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807594766
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an elementary school counselor I am always on the hunt for great social skills books like this one. Every K-3 class I read this to benefited in their friendships, sibling relationships, and helped curb bullying behavior. There is a whole lot of bossing around going on in the story. Lily Jean is on a power trip and her behavior got a ton of disapproval from students. Carly is picked on because she is the little sister and Lily Jean wants to have Sandy all to herself. But what blessed my heart was how sweet and caring big sister Sandy is to Carly. She sticks up for her. It was a great stopping point to talk about how we need to look out for our siblings and make sure they are being treated with kindness. Carly sticks up for herself too and lets Lily Jean know she can hang with her and Sandy if she is nice. That's their friendship rule for Lily Jean. Stop being bossy and start being nice or go play alone. Lots of kids need to hear this truth. It's okay to say NO to bad behavior. If you have a bossy child or notice your own child dealing with a bossy kid.... read this to them and discuss how to stop the behavior. Lily Jean becomes a kind friend in the end.....liked that. I sometimes get annoyed with books that don't help the bully out. These kids can change!
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This book is great!!!! It has fantastic pictures and a wonderful message about mean girls. I bought it for my 5 year old daughter and to keep in my professional library for other school aged children. A great book indeed!!
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This is a great book and every child should be read it! It's a story that my kids love - its so real to them and well written. It shows a positive way to deal with a bullying situation and also shows a child who might bully that they can choose to do things differently too.
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The book was perfect for the children in my class who were having trouble on the playground. We also watched a snippet from an Arthur Movie (about the playground - and kids being bossy) and it was a perfect connection!
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As the mother of a six-year-old, I have tried to prepare my daughter to cope with a situation where she sees someone exhibiting bullying behavior or is the recipient of such behavior. This book is an excellent way to discuss the subject. It is done subtly, i.e. there is no hitting or acts of violence described, but the emotional damage resulting from mean/ bullying behavior is clearly conveyed.

When a new girl moves in next door, siblings Sandy and Carly are thrilled. Lily Jean seems so interesting, and Sandy who is older than Carly naturally gravitates to Lily Jean (who is about Sandy's age). Not wanting to be left out, Carly tries to be a part of the 'team', but Lily Jean behaves meanly toward Carly. During one of the playtimes, the theme is cowgirls, and poor Carly is only allowed to play if she will agree to play a 'cow', and is forced to 'moo'. Carly feels humiliated and degraded, yet she agrees to do this, just so she can play with the older girls. Her sister Sandy notices this, and though she makes suggestions to Lily Jean, she is ignored.

It is left to Carly to come up with an ingenious idea that puts Lily Jean in her place, and with Sandy backing Carly up, the siblings just might persuade Lily Jean to give up her bullying tactics. The story makes for an interesting, timely discussion with young children on how to address bullies and mean/ inappropriate behavior. Children need to understand that there are no excuses for such meanness, and that they need to stand up for themselves or their friends, and put a stop to bullying behavior. I love that this story is told in such a subtle manner, yet effectively addresses the topic.
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