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

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,604 Ratings  ·  328 Reviews

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 that won’t staple, zippers that w

Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Touchstone (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jan 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jillian Anderson
Laughed out loud as I read this! It reminded me of all the reasons why I work with children. Perfect for the new teacher, the tired teacher, or the retired teacher.
Alina Vanryzin
Dec 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thirty Two Reasons to Read and One to Love
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
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
Feb 26, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Apr 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
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.
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I'd give this 4.5⭐ if I could. If you are a teacher you will definitely enjoy this book. Done sounds like an amazing teacher, who can laugh and learn with the kids.
The structure of the book is nice too. Each chapter is a little vignette. It's easy to read little bits along the way.
Dec 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teacher-library
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.
Dec 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I read it in a day and it was so cute.
Jul 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who works with children & needs a laugh
Recommended to June by: Gale
Shelves: biography, teaching
Humorous stories from a disstinguished teacher.
Dec 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: laugh-out-loud
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.
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
great way to start my day. I plan to read pieces over and over and share!
Stevie T
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, teaching
short, sweet, hilarious. if you're a teacher, be prepared for many a knowing guffaw and perhaps a tear or two by the time you hit the end. (and if you're looking for more books like this and you haven't already read it, i highly highly recommend "educating esme" by esme raji codell.)
Meg Fatzinger Haas
An entertaining look at the life of a teacher. Highly relate-able for educators! I laughed through the whole book and found myself nodding in agreement.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for anyone thinking about becoming a teacher.
Jun 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for teachers. Even if you don't teach third grade you can relate to the stories. I even started to cry when he was describing the last day of school.
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-my-shelf
This book was a breath of fresh air for me! I love kids and I love teachers, it has the best of both. Made me want to go and meet my teachers.
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
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
Emma Barton
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Brittany Fichter
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: education
This is one of the books that most heavily influenced my decision to get my Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and it's continued to remind me of why I love working with kids ever since. Phillip Done says it like it is. Teaching can be exhausting, thankless work sometimes, but the children are the reason teachers keep coming back (because it's certainly not for the generous pay).

Done breaks the book into annual events that happen every school year. Days like the first day of school ev
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Tessa F
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having been an elementary school teacher in my earlier days I can relate to the charming stories that Mr. Done relates in this quick-to-read book. He has taught 3rd grade for 20 years and still has an obvious passion for the classroom. Some of the anecdotes are quite funny - during a spelling test the children are in hysterics because all of the words have a double 'p', thus making them 'peepee' words. And others are very touching - a little girl whose pet rat dies the night before the annual pe ...more
Jan 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Phillip Done is the author of the newly released The Ornament Box: A Love Story, with a foreword by screen legend Debbie Reynolds. He is also the author of the acclaimed 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny: Life Lessons from Teaching, Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind: Thoughts on Teacherhood, and The Charms of Miss O'Hara: Tales from Gone With the Wind & the Golden Age of Hollywood fr ...more
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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.” 51 likes
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