Author: Patricia Polacco
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Synopsis: 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?
- Is Eugene happy? Why do you think he bullies other students?
- Do you think Mr. Lincoln is a good principal? Why?
- How are people like the birds in the story?
- Is it hard to help someone who is mean?