THOUGHTS ON TEACHING

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD-GRADE KIND --Thoughts on Teacherhood by Phillip Done

Close Encounters of The Third-Grade Kind is the most delightful book I have read in many months. No! Let me change that. It is the most delightful book I have read in many years. The emphasis is on the word delightful. It was a joy to read from beginning to end. You don't have to be or have been a teacher to enjoy this book. You just have to have been a child who went to school.

I have read books written by comedians that were not nearly as funny as this delightful book. I smiled even when I wasn't laughing out loud. In many places I laughed so hard I almost cried. In a few places I did cry. If you take this book with you on a long flight your trip will seem short. If you pick it up and try to read just a few pages, you will find it can't be done. When you finally are able to put it down, you will wonder out loud, "Where did the time go?"

"In this collection of charming and touching tales, you'll join twenty third-graders, class pets, and Mr. Done, as he confiscates yardsticks 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."

"Sure to touch the heart. Done's priceless lessons in life and learning remind us of playing Heads Up 7-Up during rainy-day recess, decorating shoeboxes for valentine mailboxes, and those special teachers in our lives who made a difference."

I agree with author, Harry K. Wong who said, "This is a must read book."

I am pleased to be able to giveaway five copies of this splendid book. I wish it could be fifty.


LEAVE A COMMENT, MAKE ME HAPPY AND ALSO WIN A BOOK. PLEASE DO IT. YOU WILL ENJOY THIS BOOK.

The generous folks at Hachette Book Group are allowing me to host this book giveaway for five (5) copies!

  • Winners are restricted to the US and Canada. No PO Box mailing address please.
  • You do not have to be a blogger to win. You can win more than once on my blog.
  • I MUST have a way of contacting you, so be sure to leave your email address in your comment.
  • Some choose to omit the @ sign and the . dot by writing it in "code" like this: you (at) your email (dot)com.
  • I'll close the comments October 8 and pick the five winners. I will contact the winners via email to get their mailing information. The winners will have three days to respond. If I do not hear from them within three days, I will select another winner(s).


12 comments:

Sarah said...

I would LOVE this book. As you were reviewing it I was seriously about to go look it up and buy it. I hope I win!

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Loren said...

I gave you a gift on my blog today

bless you friend!

Heart2Heart said...

Clif,

I would love to win a copy of this precious book. Too often we are stuck in a world without anything good going on and this is a bright ray of sunshine in the midst of so much economic crisis!

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

bp said...

Great review. It sounds like a good one. I saw a "teacher book" on the shelf at the library yesterday but it wasn't this one. I checked it out, I am not sure I'll have time to read it, but it looked good.

Have a good day!

SmilingSally said...

A a retired teacher, I'd like to have a copy. Please enter my name.

Cherdecor said...

I would love to have this book! As I was reading your review, I thought, that sounds like a book I would enjoy.

Lori said...

OOOhhh, I hope I win. Even if I don't, I am going to get it!

Sandy said...

Just like all the others,
I would LOVE to win this book!!!
I am so glad that I found your blog. I enjoy it very much.

Diva Kreszl said...

After reading the excerpts in your posts I so want to read the whole book!!! Please enter me in your giveaway, I would ove to win a copy. Diva Kreszl (bsktdiva@aol.com)

LivingforGod said...

I homeschool my kids. My youngest one is in third grade right now. This book sounds funny. Please count me in. Thanks!

Ms.Daisy said...

Clif,
Please count me in...since I was a child and I raised two children, I think I would love this book!


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~Jean

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Ok, Clif, you can sign me up too! It sounds like a good one.

Blessings,
Sandi

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