Mr. Lincoln’s Way
Author/Illustrator: Patricia Polacco
Publication Year: 2001
Brief Summary: Mr. Lincoln, “the coolest principal in the whole world,” helps a school bully, Eugene, change his behavior and learn the importance of celebrating one another’s differences.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- California Young Reader Medal, 2005′ ‘ Winner ‘ ‘ Picture Book for Older Readers’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
- South Carolina Children”s Book Award, 2005′ ‘ Winner’ ” ‘ Rhode Island’ ” ‘
- Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, Supplement, 2002 ; H.W. Wilson
- Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
- Los Angeles’ 100 Best Books, 2001 ; IRA Children’s Literature and Reading SIG and the Los Angeles Unified School District
- Smithsonian Magazine’s Notable Books for Children, 2001 ; Smithsonian
- Teachers’ Choices, 2002 ; International Reading Association
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:
- Discuss bullying…how does bullying make the kids feel? Why do you think Eugene bullies?
- Discuss intolerance/racism. What did Eugene’s grandfather believe? How does this differ from what his father believe? How do their beliefs affect what Eugene thinks?
- Eugene “almost” refers to Mr. Lincoln using the N-word… Teachers might want to figure out ahead of time how to approach this touchy subject. Children might ask about it, what it means, etc.
- How does Mr. Lincoln finally reach Eugene? What did Eugene learn at the end of the story?
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Capilano Library