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32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching

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Now in paperback, to tie in with the publication of Phillip Done’s new hardcover Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind from Center Street, 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny “brings the joys and terrors of elementary school back to life” (The Washington Times).

Phil Done has taught elementary school for twenty years. He fixes staplers tha
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Touchstone (first published January 1st 2005)
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Dollie
This author stopped by the library where I work. It is a professional library for educators. During a conversation, he mentioned he was the author of this book. We certainly felt it appropriate to buy the book for our collection since he is a local teacher and author. What a treat! It is a clever, insightful, authentic book full of fun stories. Even if you are not a teacher, you will enjoy this book, but if you are a teacher, I would imagine this book would be good for your soul. My personal fav ...more
Lisa Nelson
Sep 29, 2009 Lisa Nelson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teachers, Parents, Grandparents, PTA
This book called out to me off the library shelf, mostly because I have a third grader. I thought I would read it over the month during filler times when I was waiting in the pick-up line at school. Instead, I read the book in two days. I felt like a third grader begging Mr. Done for, "One more story please." I can not remember the last time I laughed so hard reading a book, and it made me tear up a couple of times too. I hope they need a good Dentist in Mountain View, California because we migh ...more
Boston
If you are an elementary teacher, you will just have to love this book. I laughed until tears were coming out of my eyes quite a few times. Of course I had just finished my first year of teaching, so that made it even funnier (because I had lived through so many of the stories).
Teresa Gordon
Hilarious! This book is what every teacher needs to read after a hard day to put a smile back on her face. I especially loved the part about the laminator. I can so see that happening.
Alina Vanryzin
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A review of Thirty Two Third Graders and One Class Bunny by Philip Done


Philip Done, an elementary school teacher in California, breaks the ice between parents teachers and students in this wildly hilarious memoir entitled Thirty Two Third Graders and One Class Bunny. He tells the captivating story of a year of teaching a third grade class, cleverly weaving in his childhood and previous years of teaching. He has won numerous awards for his teaching inclu
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Caitlin
This was a light-hearted account of stories from an experienced teacher. It had me laughing out loud and repeating "so true..." on almost every page.

There were a couple of places where I got a little upset with the author for diminishing some of the values in teaching that I hold dear, such as teaching students how to set their own goals and take part in developing classroom norms. I loved the book up until the point when Done started making flippant remarks about these things. Maybe I took it
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Lauren
Feb 26, 2009 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers or those who love teachers
Shelves: non-fiction
i love this book. if you're a teacher, were a teacher, ever want to be a teacher, or know a teacher well... read this book. so candid and honest and hilarious and real. phillip done is one of the best kind of teachers. he knows how to laugh at himself, is honest with his shortcomings, and most of all loves his students. if i wasn't already doing a whole lot of teaching at home, this book would have had me back in the classroom. it's really that good. please read it. i only didn't give it 5 stars ...more
Anne-Michelle
Super cute, adorable book. A very fast read that's ideal for parents of young or school-aged children to get them prepared for what's in store in elementary school! Lots of cute, short stories about this teacher's year with a class full of 3rd graders. Each chapter is 1-2 pages long; perfect for people who don't have a lot of time to dedicate toward reading or who only pick up a book every now and then and don't want to try and remember where they left off.
Carol
I loved this book. Made me remember why I loved teaching so much. 8 year olds are some of the funniest people you'll ever meet. Definite read for anyone who has ever taught elementary school. For those of you who haven't, read it and see what you missed.
Kellista
If you are a teacher, have fond memories of your own childhood or just enjoy stories about kids you will love this book. I've read it three times now and each time I laugh and cry, its like a best friend.
Marilyn
My friend gave me this book and I laughed out louded all the way through it. Sometimes I had tears rolling down my face. I wrote some of my own funny experiences teaching in the margins.
Jenna
great way to start my day. I plan to read pieces over and over and share!
Gale
I loved this book. I read it in a day and it was so cute.
June
Jan 30, 2012 June rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who works with children & needs a laugh
Recommended to June by: Gale
Shelves: teaching, biography
Humorous stories from a disstinguished teacher.
Arminzerella
Phillip Done has been teaching for over 20 years, and he still seems to like kids. His reflections on his career, classroom, and students are insightful and amusing. Short chapters detail his experiences over the year as he goes from welcoming his new class (and frantic bargaining with the school’s principal to transfer kids into other classrooms – he’s got 32 kids, and 21 of them are boys, ACK!), teaching them everything they’ll need to get to the 4th grade and other important life lessons. The ...more
Emma Barton
I've always had this small desire in me to teach and someday, I will probably (hope to, at least) teach- middle school English would be my dream. That said, this book is not just for aspiring teachers. It is for everyone. Why? Because we have all been through elementary school and all people (unless you're heatless) appreciate the humor that is found abundantly in children.

Phillip Done crafts a wonderful telling of his experiences teaching third grade, and he does it with humor and enthusiasm th
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Jenny
Can I rate this MORE than five? EVERYONE needs to read this book! Yes, teachers will appreciate it and recognize some of the same things they have said and done at some point in their teaching career, but parents, businesses and most of all, elected political officials need to read this. Even though Mr. Done has written and portrayed a very humorous view ( albeit true) view of one year in his life as a veteran teacher, people that make laws regarding public education would be well suited to be a ...more
Taylor Suzanne
If you have not read this book, you need to immediately purchase it from Amazon. It is such a good read for parents, students, especially teachers. I started reading it a few weeks ago, and even though I am not a teacher (just a teacher assistant), I instantly related with half of the things Mr. Done comments about. His stories are so funny that before I knew it I was finding my classroom teacher at her desk, doubled over with laughter because she had sneaked a peek at one of the stories between ...more
Pam
Humorous look at the joys and problems of teaching. Very short chapters or essays, Phillip Done takes us through one year in the life of a teacher. If I weren't a teacher and parent, I would sometimes wonder if all this could be true. But I'm sure it all happened; maybe not all in the same year. It made me look back at elementary school and wonder at all the things my class put the teachers through. I was not part of the best class or even the best-behaved class at my school.
Carol
I loved this book - it made me laugh out loud about 50 times while I was reading it. The author has been a 3rd grade teacher for 20 years when he wrote the book and it's just all the funny, poignant, sad and typical 3rd grade stuff his students have done over the years. If you are a teacher or have a grade school student or were a grade school student and just want a good laugh you should read this book!
It is a true story but not a biography.
Tessa F
32 third graders and one class bunny tells a story of a third grade teacher and al of his funny stories through out the year. It takes place at Addison Elementary School and the point of view is in the perspective of Phillip Done the author who is also a teacher. The protagonist is all the kids in his class. The story evolves around the months and seasons. "The new year" it talks about finding out who is in your class, kids names, picture day and stuff like that. In Fall through Spring it talks ...more
Kasey O'brien
This is my favorite book in the world, in all honesty. It's the book that first truly inspired me to be a teacher at the age of eleven (when I first snatched it from my mom's bookshelf) and I can't rave enough about it. In it, the author tells a series of short stories of his adventures in teaching. Some are funny, some are inspiring, and some will make you laugh. A couple that stand out to me are the story of Phillip Done discovering one of his hard-to-contact parents simply can't read the note ...more
Denise Gianelli
This is an entertaining, fun read! I highly recommend that all teachers, student teachers and retired teachers read this book. I laughed and related with the Halloween party, teacher looks, the dreaded report cards, bees and the Christmas (winter) concert! I taught first grade and we had a guinea pig and tadpoles.....thanks for the memories!
D Books
I downloaded this and a few other books to take with me on vacation. It was a good, heartwarming non-fiction piece that borders on comedy. The 3rd grade teacher who wrote this book has such an amazing good sense of humor throughout the book. He offers a comical insight into his life as a teacher and the children he encounters throughout his years of teaching. It is a very light/easy read that will make you smile as you read it. Also, while reading this book you will happily think back to the tim ...more
Sharon
It was love at first sight. This book was sitting on a table at my favorite used book store. I picked it up. It spoke to me from page 86. I hate writing sub plans. By the time I've written everything down for the substitute, I might as well have stayed at school and taught myself. It takes me hours just to write down where everything is, who is on medication, who is allergic to what, who should not sit next to whom, where everyone needs to go for ESL and learning resource and speech and detentio ...more
Chanin
Finished this one. Then my kids stole it and the older two read it this weekend. We all laughed around the dinner table about the funny stories. Not many books make it through the whole family. Thoroughly enjoyable read. I heard he has another book out. I'll be on the lookout.


Earlier review:


Hilarious!! A book written by a seasoned third grade teacher and about all the antics of his classroom. He is sensitive too. As I read the book it makes me see what a different breed school teachers are. If o
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Brooke
AMAZING! Pure joy in this book. Phillip Done writes of life lessons learned while teaching his 32 third graders and one class bunny. Just the kind of book that make me celebrate teachers and miss being one.
Jonathan
Thank you Phillip Done for bringing a spark back into my heart. I love how blunt and sarcastic he was about everything and it really goes to show that exceptional teachers go through the same struggles. Their classrooms are no different than anyone else's. My favorite part of this book was imagining my own students taking the place if his. I seriously felt as I was reading this story that I had come across my own diary. This guys classroom is mine to a T and I'm excited for the day when I can lo ...more
Karen
I work at an Elementary School as a reading tutor and at home as a flute teacher. I'm not sure if this book would hit home as much to someone who doesn't teach children as it did to me. However, anyone who has been a student would surely relate to the classroom humor described throughout this book. I am grateful for Phillip Done, for his love of teaching and for his ability to put into words a perfect overview of teaching children and a description of "the big picture". The big picture is so eas ...more
Stacie
It made me laugh and tear up every day... this is one of the best books about teaching I've read because it's so real!
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“The main reason I became a teacher is that I like being the first one to introduce kids to words and music and people and numbers and concepts and idea that they have never heard about or thought about before. I like being the first one to tell them about Long John Silver and negative numbers and Beethoven and alliteration and "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" and similes and right angles and Ebenezer Scrooge. . . Just think about what you know today. You read. You write. You work with numbers. You solve problems. We take all these things for granted. But of course you haven't always read. You haven't always known how to write. You weren't born knowing how to subtract 199 from 600. Someone showed you. There was a moment when you moved from not knowing to knowing, from not understanding to understanding. That's why I became a teacher.” 48 likes
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