Mean Jean is this recess queen who does not allow anyone to play on the playground without her say. No one plays until Mean Jean tells them they can, but one day the new girl did. Mean Jean marches over to the new girl Katie Sue who was playing and told her she cannot play unless she says she can play. Katie Sue continues playing and Mean Jean was about to give her a piece of her mind again, until Katie Sue started jumping roping and asking Mean Jean to jump with her. Mean Jean was shocked, no one has ever asked her to play before! The two girls jump rope together and sing and Mean Jean was never mean again. This book is best used for 2nd and 3rd grade students. I would have students write stories about situations they have gone through similar to the story.