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Mr. Lincoln's Way by Patricia Polacco

Mr. Lincoln's Way (edition 2001)

by Patricia Polacco, Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)

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Title:Mr. Lincoln's Way
Authors:Patricia Polacco
Other authors:Patricia Polacco (Illustrator)
Info:Philomel (2001), Hardcover, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:prejudice, bullying, school, respect, racism, upper elementary

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Mr. Lincoln's Way by Patricia Polacco



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I really enjoyed this book. The main message of this book is to never give up on a student. Although they may seem troubled and unwilling to participate, you may be that person to help them change and support them. The characters were believable and well-developed. The illustrations enhance the story and are appropriate to the mood of the story. ( )
  Tee_Barnett | Sep 30, 2015 |
great book to teach about social issues
  Yvonne_Chesak | Jul 30, 2015 |
not Abraham Lincoln, but a late 20th century teacher ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
This is a powerful picture book that deals with the issue of prejudice in families. The symbolism, especially with the birds in the atrium, could be used as a lesson in figurative language. This book could also be used as a Read Aloud during Social Issues Book Clubs, or just to bring awareness to social injustices. ( )
  Taranto | Dec 2, 2014 |
In my opinion, I love Patricia Polacco. Her use of language really reaches me as a reader. There is always a problem with a calm person figuring it out. In this book the plot is about a young boy who is troubled. He is always bullying everyone in the school. It’s Mr. Lincoln to the rescue trying to help this troubled 5th grader. The point of view is in third person. The outside view really gives you an honest feel for how Mr. Lincoln really is. Even in the beginning the narrator says “Mr. Lincoln was the coolest principal” and “everyone thought so”. I feel as though if the book was through Mr. Lincolns eyes you wouldn’t get to see how really “cool” Mr. Lincoln is. His writing gets real serious in this book. Even when Mr. Lincoln begins to help this boy out, the boy’s father says that he shouldn’t talk to Mr. Lincoln, “He’s not our kind”. That’s real writing. I feel as though it’s hard to put racism in books because it’s an “unhappy” topic but the way Polacco does it really works well. The illustrations are awesome. The illustrator uses watercolors with no straight lines that blend together and I really enjoyed them. The illustrations enhance the writing by always giving a little more that the reader can infer about what is happening. For example, when Mr. Lincoln is helping the young boy, you can see the facial expressions that show that truly this boy isn’t mad but almost sad. The plot was well organized with many problems being revealed to Mr. Lincoln about this boy “Mean Eugene”. I believe the big idea is that there is no reason to be a mad person and I think the author does a great job with the use of a character like Mr. Lincoln, a patient, loving human being.
  JordanMyers | Nov 19, 2014 |
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"Mr. Lincoln's Way" is a great resource to integrate multiculturalism in the classroom. It would be especially useful during Black History Month. It has a great lesson about judgement.
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Mr. Lincoln was the coolest principal in the whole world, or so his students thought.
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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?

With Patricia Polacco's trademark illustrations and gentle text, Mr. Lincoln's Way celebrates the unforgettable school principal who touches the lives of his students and truly empowers them.

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When Mr. Lincoln, "the coolest principal in the whole world," discovers that Eugene, the school bully, knows a lot about birds, he uses this interest to help Eugene overcome his intolerance.

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