Mr. Lincoln’s Way
Mr. Lincoln is the “coolest” principal: he is Santa at Christmas, lights the menorah at Chanukah, and wears a
dashiki for Kwanza and a burnoose for Ramadan. He also tries to reclaim “Mean Gene,” a child who sasses his
teachers, picks on other children, and makes ethnic slurs. When the principal discovers that the boy is fond of
birds, he capitalizes on this interest. He involves him in attracting the creatures to the school atrium while at the
same time showing him that just as the differences in the birds render them beautiful, so do the differences in
people. Discussions about bullying, accepting diversity, and cooperation will follow the reading of this book.