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Back of Book: Mr. Lincoln is the coolest principal ever! He knows how to do everything, from jumping rope to leading nature walks. Everyone loves him. . . except for Eugene Esterhause. “Mean Gene” hates everyone who’s different. He’s a bully, a bad student, and he calls people awful, racist names. But Mr. Lincoln knows that Eugene isn’t really bad-he’s just repeating things he’s heard at home. Can the principal find a way to get through to “Mean Gene” and show him that the differences between people are what make them special?
My Review: I am a huge fan of Patricia Polacco she has the ability to write beautiful stories about very relevant things. This book discusses the issues of race and bullying. Eugene represents a boy who is being raised to hate anything or anyone who is different than them. Patricia uses birds to show that every person has their own beauty. Mr. Lincoln is the kind of Principal that every teacher hopes to have. This is a beautiful story to share with children about how everyone is different in their own special way.
Ages 9 and up