Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind
Thoughts on Teacherhood
by Phillip Done
Center Street, 2009
$27.99 (hc), 336 pp, adult
In Close Encounters of the Third-Grade Kind, award-winning teacher Phillip Done has produced an almanac of hilarious and touching anecdotes for each month of the school year. Based on his twenty years in the classroom (in California), and inspired by his obvious love of teaching and children, Mr. Done captures the essence of “teacherhood” as he relates his experiences at the elementary school level. Teachers of all ages of children will recognize the little joys and frustrations of teaching in this entertaining collection of stories, and likely be reminded of why they chose this rewarding career.
This review is from Canadian Teacher Magazine’s November 2009 issue.