32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons From Teaching
Phillip Done fixes staplers that won’t staple, zippers that won’t zip, and pokes pins in the orange caps of glue bottles that will not pour. He has sung “Happy Birthday” 657 times. A witness to the joys of discovery, Done inspires readers with the everyday adventures and milestones of his 32 third graders in this irresistible collection of bite-size essays. From the nervous first day of school to the disastrous spring musical, Done connects what happens in his classroom to the universal truths that touch us all. 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny is a testament to the kids who uplift us and the teachers we will never forget.


Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: 
Thoughts on Teacherhood
A veteran of the classroom for 25-plus years, Phil Done chronicles a lively and unforgettable year in third grade. From Back to School shopping to the summer countdown, Done offers parents, teachers, and anyone who works with children – or remembers what it was like to be one – the hilarity that Erma Bombeck gave to moms and the wisdom that Robert Fulghum shared with everyone who went to kindergarten. In this collection of charming and touching classroom tales, you’ll join twenty third graders, class pets, and Mr. Done, as he confiscates yard sticks that have magically turned into swords, scoops goop out of pumpkins, holds on to newly pulled baby teeth, follows mud tracks to students’ desks, and forgets to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. With great warmth and wit, Done celebrates children and that precious period in life when nothing is more important than what you are going to wear for Halloween and what animal you got in your box of animal crackers.

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