Saturday, November 7, 2009

Review: 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.

Received from the publisher for review.

This one gets four stars. It was delightful! The stories were charming, funny, sweet, and they truly made you smile. The nicely sized chapters were divided into perfectly sized story portions, which made it easy to pause and take a break. Overall I was quite impressed. This would certainly make a lovely gift book.

★★★★ = Really Liked It


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