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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (September 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599951487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599951485
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Once again, author and veteran California school teacher Done (32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny) shares his unique, joyful view of childhood with gentle humor and penetrating insight. Going through the school year month by month, Done offers humorous vignettes, student profiles and phenomena unique to the third grade, peppered with memories of Done's own childhood, which only get better as the book goes on. Done's style is straightforward and fast-paced, expertly recreating his adventures as the sole adult in a room of eight-year-olds. Culled from decades of experience, Done's text illuminates the enormous commitment and generous humor needed to get through 25 years of teaching ("After learning their names, I gave them the Keep Your Zippers Up Speech in my best Judge Wapner voice"). Alongside dry wit, Done also delivers heartbreak and wisdom relevant to anyone with memories of a childhood classroom.
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"The great strength behind Mr. Done's adventures and his unique storytelling style is that he never just celebrates how great the teacher is--he celebrates how great the children are. Joyful, honest work that will fortify both the veteran and novice educator."—Esme Raji Codell, author of 'Educating Esme' and 'How to Get Your Child to Love Reading'

"There isn't a story Phillip Done tells that we cannot all relate to that validates our profession. You will laugh yourself silly and concomitantly be proud that you are a teacher. This is a must read book."—Harry K. Wong, author of 'The First Days of School'

"More important than knowing how the curriculum works or how the testing works, after 25 years in the elementary classroom Phillip Done knows how kids work. Not only will this enlighten beginning teachers, it will open more than a few parents' eyes as well."—Jim Trelease, author of "The Read-Aloud Handbook"

"Phillip Done gets it--he gets how kids think, he gets how kids learn, and he gets how to inspire them to do both. His comical, warm, and insightful memoir brings you right into the classroom, following his incredibly colorful class of characters through an entire school year, capturing the magic and wonder of being a kid."—Erin Gruwell, author of "The Freedom Writer's Diary" and "Teach with Your Heart"

"Done shares his unique, joyful view of childhood with gentle humor and penetrating insight. Going through the school year month by month, Done offers humorous vignettes, student profiles and phenomena unique to the third grade, peppered with memories of Done's own childhood, which only get better as the book goes on. Done's style is straightforward and fast-paced, expertly recreating his adventures....Alongside dry wit, Done also delivers heartbreak and wisdom relevant to anyone with memories of a childhood classroom."—Publishers Weekly

More About the Author

Phillip Done knows it is a child's birthday without looking at the calendar, that broken candy canes do not taste as good as unbroken ones, that peanut M&Ms spark in the microwave (Peeps do not), and that measuring the diameter of an Oreo cookie is more fun than measuring the diameter of a coffee can lid. After pumping up his 500th red rubber ball, he decided it was time to write it all down. Hence, 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny and Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood were born.

A veteran of twenty-plus years in the classroom, Done is a five-time champion of the staff watermelon-eating contest and was nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year Award. He took a pie in the face at the school talent show and was honored as a Teacher of the Year in California. When not searching for envelopes for newly pulled teeth or making rain parkas out of Hefty bags on rainy field trips, Phil accepted the prestigious Charles Schwab Distinguished Teacher Award from Charles Schwab himself. (He refrained from asking Mr. Schwab if Intel was a good buy.)

Born in San Jose, California, he grew up in Sunnyvale, attended Fremont High School, and studied music and education at San Jose State University. His passions are teaching, old movies, and garage sales. Phil's writing and teaching advice has also appeared in The New York Times, Real Simple, The Chicago Tribune, Instructor, Parent and Child, and NEA Today.

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This book should be required reading for teachers.
BevE
Phillip Done does an outstanding job writing about what it has been like teaching third grade over the years.
Wicked Good Books "Bianca"
I read the first book in one sitting, and am working on, and almost done with the next one.
Monica L. Loats

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alex Mallory on August 21, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Thirteen years ago, I shouted "I got Mr. Done!" as I read my name off a list posted on the walls of my elementary school. Every weekend of fifth grade I would go over to my best friend's house and regale her family with the most recent stories he had told us, which she asks me to recount to this day. "Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind" reminded me of how enchanting a good story can be, whether you're ten or twenty-two (which is as far as my life memory goes- but as another reviewer demonstrates, these enchanting stories do not end at twenty-two, either).

This book made me wish I was a teacher, to get to witness those moments of discovery and absurdity in hundreds of children's lives, year after year. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be, but Phil Done's vivid writing allows me to live vicariously through his experiences. I also wish I could go back and be in his class again, and I only hope that my children's teachers understand teaching and children as deeply as Phillip Done.

Reading the book on the subway in New York City, I laughed out loud and cried multiple times. Even when I knew when the next joke is on its way, the punchline was always funnier than I expected because, as he shows time and time again, you can never anticipate what a child is going to say.

If you have ever wanted to be a teacher, have children, want to remember what it's like to be eight years old, or just want some masterful storytelling, read this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wendy S. Lego on August 28, 2009
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I just finished Phil Done's latest book and it didn't disappoint. As a 37 year veteran of a third grade classroom, I can verify that Phil understands third graders and other teachers like no other author I have ever read. From field trips to teaching how to fill out a bubble test form (and how perfectly right on he was in that chapter!), his observations could have been mine. It's as if he was standing in my classroom and not his. I laughed, I cried and I had to share "good parts" with my husband. This is a sign of a good book.
Mr. Done's students are so lucky to have him as a teacher, and we are so lucky that he is able to share his life with us through his writing. This is a perfect gift for a teacher, and I'm giving it as a gift to a student teacher. You should do the same.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Andrade on August 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
As a mother of 3 ( my middle child is entering 3rd grade this year) and former teacher I smiled and laughed throughout the book, saying to myself, "that is so true!" Done's impressive skills at turning many daily events into teachable moments, amazes me!

My husband, who's read both books as well, read Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind ahead of me mentioned the "Angel" chapter was sad. My husband isn't much of an emotional person, so I had to skip ahead to find out what he meant. Amid all the light-hearted chapters, this one gave a heavy dose of reality. I was touched on how eloquently Mr. Done wrote on a very heartbreaking event that occurred with one of his students, I really felt a connection with the author more than ever.

Having read Mr. Done's first book, 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching, I had said that if I were to read one author's books for the rest of my life, Phillip Done's books would be them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Estill on July 9, 2012
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I have bought copies of this book for all my friends...if they are teachers, even better! I love the humor and compassion in Philip Done's books. He is an amazing story teller.

This book is charming.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wicked Good Books "Bianca" on February 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I'm so glad I got the chance to read this. Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind will make you laugh out loud, reminiscent of elementary school days. You may even get a bit emotional. Phillip Done does an outstanding job writing about what it has been like teaching third grade over the years.

One of the things that I loved about this book (I guess you could call it a memoir) is that each chapter titled is a month of the year. He breaks down all these different school-related things into the appropriate chapters. He talks about back-to-school sales, teaching the kids cursive, 100th day, Christmas party and Valentines party, and so many other awesome stuff. This book was just so sweet.

There were a lot of times that I found myself laughing. Kids are just so adorable. Whenever Mr. Done had the kids write some sort of story, they always made spelling mistakes and he describes trying not to laugh at some of the words they write instead of what they meant. Or how he talks about how some of the girls in his class tell him what boys they like. One of the stories they he tells is how during Christmas one year, he went to a different country and him and some other adults gave the kids there (they were in some sort of orphanage) presents, and they were smiling and cheering but yet they hadn't even opened the boxes. The kids had never been given a gift in their lives. It touched my heart and I'll admit, I got a bit emotional.

I'm not sure exactly what I liked to do once I graduate HS, but I have been thinking about teaching elementary (3rd grade and below) and after Phillip Done's tales of teaching, it has truly inspired me to be a teacher even more. I would hugely recommend that people interest in teaching or just wants a nice, funny memoir, read this! It's filled with lots of amazing stories.
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