Saturday, February 20, 2010

Close Encounters of the Third-grade Kind by Phillip Done

A twenty-year veteran of the classroom, elementary school teacher Phillip Done takes readers through a lively and hilarious year in the classroom. Starting with the relative calm before the storm of buying school supplies and posting class lists, he shares the distinct personalities of grades K-4, what he learned from two professional trick or treating 8-year-old boys, the art of learning cursive and letter-writing, how kindergartners try to trap leprechauns, and what every child should experience before he or she grows up.
These charming, sweet, and funny tales of Mr. Done's trials and triumphs as an award-winning schoolteacher will touch reader's hearts and remind them of the true joys of childhood. We all have that one special, favorite grade school teacher whom we fondly remember throughout our adult lives - and every teacher also has students whom they will never forget. This is the perfect book for teachers, parents, and anyone else who is looking for a lighthearted, nostalgic read.

My Review:
I was fortunate enough to win this book when I entered a giveaway. It's a delightful read for anyone but especially for teachers or for those who wish to become teachers of "little ones." The author is an experienced third grade teacher, and the book caused me to smile many times as I read through it. It's a quick read but one that can easily be set aside and picked up at a later date.

The only fault I have is that some parts sound like those email lists that have moved around the internet. However, the great majority is a reflection of one year in a teacher's life. I liked it.


bermudaonion said...

I like books like that! I've known a lot of teachers in my day - this might make a good gift for one of them.

Patti said...

This would be a perfect birthday gift for my gym partner who is an elementary teacher!

Maria Berg said...

A book I think I want to read - I have worked as a teacher, Maria Berg