Mr. Done, can I be in YOUR class?
Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood is a celebration of those silly little creatures roaming the halls of our elementary schools.
Anyone who teaches grade-schoolers, parents grade-schoolers, or once was a grade-schooler will love this book by teacher, Phillip Done (rhymes with phone). It is a lesson on why teachers love their jobs -- trust me, it's not because of all the down time! The reason why Mr. Done loves his job? The kids, and all the quirky things kids have said and done for the past 25 years.
"When your stomach growls, they will tell you. When you cut open a pumpkin to count the number of seeds, one child will shout, 'You're killing it!' When they run to tell you that they just kicked the ball over the fence, they will always smile when they announce it...."
I had a grin on my face for the first 4 chapters at least! Phillip Done walks us through the school year, month by month, and shares the funniest and most magical moments he had with his class. He shares memories from the sugar high at Halloween all the way to struggling through long division in the spring. When I wasn't grinning or chuckling out loud, I had tears in my eyes. It's easy to forget how teachers grow to care for their students, and how they love them like a parent for 180 days out of the year. And every so often, there are one or two children that a teacher will never forget.
There were too many quotable passages in this book for me to include them all here. The only thing harder than choosing a quote, is deciding who on my list of teachers is going to receive the first copies of Close Encounters as a gift! I can't wait to share this book.
Many thanks to Hachette Book Group for sending me and 5 of my readers a copy of Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood by Phillip Done.
Special thanks to Phillip Done for writing such a wonderful book. You have helped me to appreciate my sons' teachers on a whole new level. You have also helped me to pay closer attention to all the fun and magical things said and done by my own grade-schooler. For that, I will forever be in your debt.
For more on Phillip Done and his books, you may visit his website.
To read the first chapter go here.
To pre-order this book, please visit Amazon , or click the IndieBound icon to your left.
Release Date: September 4, 2009
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