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The Resource You're mean, Lily Jean!, Frieda Wishinsky ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

You're mean, Lily Jean!, Frieda Wishinsky ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Label
You're mean, Lily Jean!
Title
You're mean, Lily Jean!
Statement of responsibility
Frieda Wishinsky ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Title variation
You are mean, Lily Jean!
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Sisters Carly and Sandy have always played together, but when Lily moves in next door she only wants to play with Sandy, and insists that if Carly joins them she must be a baby, or a cow, or a dog
Tone
Illustration
Review
  • 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 --Mary Jean Smith (Reviewed February 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 2, p92)
  • 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.) --Staff (Reviewed January 24, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 04, p)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
331081
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Wishinsky, Frieda
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 004-008
  • AD450L
  • Decoding demand: 63 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 59 (medium)
  • Syntactic demand: 51 (medium)
  • Structure demand: 68 (high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
LC call number
PZ7.W78032
LC item number
You 2011
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 3
Reading level
2.1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Denton, Kady MacDonald
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sisters
  • Play
  • Conduct of life
  • Sisters
  • Play
  • Behavior
Target audience
primary
Label
You're mean, Lily Jean!, Frieda Wishinsky ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published in Canada in 2009 by North Winds Press
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
807645
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780807594766
Lccn
2010027028
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780807594766
Label
You're mean, Lily Jean!, Frieda Wishinsky ; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
Publication
Note
Originally published in Canada in 2009 by North Winds Press
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
807645
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780807594766
Lccn
2010027028
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9780807594766

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