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32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching Hardcover – August 2, 2005

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"Phillip Done reminds us of the excitement and joy of learning." -- Hal Urban, author of Life's Greatest Lessons and Positive Words, Powerful Results

"Phillip Done is the voice of the veteran teacher who knows who he is working for; his love for children shines on every page." -- Esme Raji Codell, author of Educating Esme and How to Get Your Child to Love Reading

"Every so often, a book surfaces that has such unabashed charm you want to praise it from the rooftops. 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny is such a book. Simply put, it is an unexpected pleasure and richly deserves an A+." -- Tucson Citizen

"...funny and thoughtful" -- San Jose Mercury News

"Teacher's school tales are hilarious, poignant...Done is on his way to becoming to teachers what Erma Bombeck was to mothers - someone who can turn the mundane into hilarity." -- The Gazette, Colorado Springs

"He so simply captured the thoughtfulness and creativity of teaching" -- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Phil Done's experiences as a third-grade teacher qualify him a humorist, essayist and will-you-be-my-new-best-friend? kinda guy...you're in for a treat." -- The Dallas Morning News

"Mr. Done is charming and funny...(He) brings back many memories that most of us have long forgotten." -- The Washington Times

"...touching and hilarious." -- Sunday World-Herald (Omaha)

"Delightful...a good book for anyone who ever went to third grade." -- Lincoln Journal Star

About the Author

Phillip Done won the Schwab Foundation Distinguished Teacher Award. Nominated for the Disney Teacher of the Year Award, he has taught elementary school for twenty years. He lives in Mountain View, California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (August 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743272390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743272391
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #604,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
With great wit and heart, Phillip Done shares an insider's view of life in an elementary school classroom. "32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny" give an honest and hilarious account of what really happens at school. This book is magic! I could not put it down. It made me laugh out loud, it made me cry and it made me think. Mr. Done's opening chapter, "I Am a Teacher" is destined to become a classic and may soon find itself on a Hallmark mug that he does not yet have. This book is a celebration of what's right in American schools. I have told everyone I know about this wonderful book. I have already bought several copies to give to my children's teachers in the Fall and have even sent one to my own third grader teacher, whose lessons have been an influence on my life for more than thirty years.
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Done has done good. Oops, I mean done well.

What a terrific read!! I know so many people in education who speak poignantly of the obstacles they must hurdle to teach childen, and this book will be a comfort and inspiration to each one. This is no puff piece, but great and accessible writing about essential issues or early childhood education and the policy supporting it (or not...) Done covers everything from inadequate classroom supplies (that a teacher must cover out-of-pocket), discovering and tactfully handling parent illiteracy, the problems of labeling and separating "gifted" children from those ridiculously-labelled as "non-gifted," and finally...explaining why the class girl bunny produced all those wittle wabbits after it spent the weekend with a 3rd-grader whose pet was a boy bunny. But while absorbing all this , the reader never realizes that s/he's devouring anything more than pure enjoyment, as Done makes sure it's all executed with objectivity and almost a hint self-deprecation that makes him and his students such characters of empathy.

I am a childless classical musician, not even an educator. Yet I can see that those who only KNOW anyone with an elementary-school-age child will love this book. Done is a teacher, a man , and a grownup sometimes frustrated with the resources of an underfunded school district (even in relatively-"monied" Silicon Valley.) But most of all, I finished this book with the indelible impression of Done as a human being who cares deeply about the future of children and education. Buy it, read it, then give it to your friends, whether parents or not.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a must read book. I laughed and laughed and couldn't put it down. I found myself shaking my head YES! YES! and relating to the things written. I matters not what grade you teach this is worth the time to sit down and read.
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Most books about education focus on what is wrong in many schools, and most point out that ample resources, parental and community support, and gifted teachers are what will solve the crisis situation that faces so many schools. Teacher Phillip Done in his book THIRTY TWO THIRD GRADERS AND A CLASSROOM BUNNY addresses education not by stating its problems; instead he shows us the difference a gifted teacher can make who truly loves being in the classroom and loves the young people in his charge.

THIRTY TWO THIRD GRADERS AND A CLASSROOM BUNNY is a collection of anecdotes, observations, one line quips, and stories about every day life in a classroom. The reader begins a typical school year in Done's class and shares the ups and downs of classroom life in an upbeat and often witty manner. Most entries are a page or two long and have a humorous tone to them. Readers see that Done loves teaching, adores children, and sees the importance of his profession. The book shows that Done believes the old adage of teaching that "by your students you will be taught" and believes the lessons he learns by teaching are valuable to others as well.

In the book, Done states "The main reason I became a teacher is that I like being the first one to introduce kids to words and music and books and people and numbers and concepts and ideas they had never heard of ort thought of before. I like being the first one to tell them about Long John Silver and negative numbers and alliteration and `Oh What A Beautiful Morning' and similes and right angles and Ebenezer Scrooge." We see in the book that Done does this and more in his classroom.

More than likely, readers who are parents will read this book and think "I wish my child had a teacher like Phillip Done.
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I haven't even finished the book and feel compelled to write. Mr. Done has managed to convey my first day of school feelings, my last day of school feelings, anxiety over back to school night, and what names to avoid when naming your own children, as well as the battle with the laminator to perfection. I am with him every step of the way on this journey through the school year. By Christmas I predict this will be the most purchased book by teachers and for teachers. I will be retiring in a few years, and this book was the perfect pick-me-up and reminder of why I still love teaching, and still love teaching third grade. Thank you, Mr. Done!
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This book should be required reading in teacher's education programs (or as Mr. Done calls them "Teacher's School). It captures the essence of teaching and the relationship that the best teachers have with their jobs, their coworkers, and their students. I am a college professor (not in Education) and my daughter is a high school student who is cadet teaching and thinking of being a teacher. We found this book at the public library and have been reading it out loud together, laughing and crying. We plan to purchase a copy for her teacher as a "thank you gift" for his time and effort and hope he loves it as much as we have.
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