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Aug 10, 2009

CLOSED: Close Encounters of the Third Grade kind : Review and Giveaway (BTSC- Day 10)


The winners for the giveaway have been chosen by Random.org and are announced on this post.



"Mr Done, how do you spell ponna? "
"Ponna?" I said confused. "Use it in a sentence"
"You know....like 'once a ponna time'"

Teachers are memory makers. We know that stories,paintings, plaster of paris handprints that children make at school will someday become family treasures....We understand that kids are like wet canvases. We help paint the backgrounds- Phillip Done

Close Encounters of the Third-Grade kind is by far one of the most enjoyable books I have read till date. Each time I pick up the book and get comfy on the couch, Hubby will walk in a few minutes later only to find me giggling my sides apart. To redeem myself from his thoughts of wifey's 'cuckoo-ness' (If there ever were such a word!) I read out the passage that set me off in the first place and then we start the chuckles together. This book truly does that!!

I love books and find that I can entertain myself for hours on end with a single book. But ever since Bunny girl's birth, my frequency of reading books on end has minimised drastically. I've found it hard to sit down with a good book and finish it. I love Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind as its one of those light reading books. You can pick it up, read several passages, have a good laugh, put down the book, walk away and come back hours later and start from where you stopped without feeling you missed anything important. Its that easy to get back into the flow of the book.

Phillip Done has creatively woven his experiences with a class of Third Graders in a school year with threads of humor and thought. 20 years of teaching wisdom has been concised into 336 pages of great reading. This book is a must read for every teacher (you can learn more than just a thing or two!), for every parent (you always wanted to know what your third grader was upto...with this book you will know!) and for everyone else (We all have been third graders once...going through each page with take you down memory lane to relive the fun moments you had in school.)

The Hachette Book Group always publishes great books and this book rightfully deserves its place in Hachette's treasury!

I definitely recommend this book as a must read.


Buy it:


Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind may be bought from any of the retailers on this list. (Ordinarily priced at 22.99$)


Win it:

Thanks to the Hachette Book Group, five readers will get to own their very copy of Close Encounters of the Third Grade Kind and what's great is this book only releases in the month of September 2009, so you will literally be getting your copy 'Hot off the Press'!


Here's how you can win it
:

1. Main entry :

Think of all the teachers who have taught you. Who has been your favorite and why? (Leave me a line or two...or three ;>)

Additional BTSC entries:

- 2. Subscribe to my blog (remember you need to activate the subscription if you subscribe via email) or Follow my blog & leave a comment stating that you subscribe or follow.

- 3. Blog about this giveaway (leave a comment with a link to your blog post)

- 4. Add the link to this giveaway on a Mr Linky on a blog giveaway site, forum, carnival. (leave a comment with the link)

-5. Snag my Blog button (the cute little bunny on the right!) and leave a comment with the link

- 6. Snag the Back to School Carnival button (the cute little bunny on the left!) and leave a comment with the link


This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents, 18 years and above.

5 winners will be chosen with the random.org generator on August 29 2009 at 10 pm Central time, so enter before that. The winners names will be posted thereafter. Please note if any winner does not get back to me 48 hours after his/her name has been posted, I will pick a new winner.

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86 Comments:

At August 10, 2009 at 7:20 AM , Blogger Coupon Teacher said...

I would love this book. I am a teacher because of Mr. Cunningham, 8th and 9th grade math!

 
At August 10, 2009 at 7:20 AM , Blogger Coupon Teacher said...

I am a follower!

 
At August 10, 2009 at 7:45 AM , Blogger Christy Lee said...

Mr Roos has definitely been my most memorable teacher. Every Friday we stopped studying English and listened to Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home companion. I still send my writing through email to him to see what he thinks, and I'm a 26 year old back-to-college full time mommy. So, he's clearly been inspirational! (Also, on the last day of school a boy in the class ran to the window and dove out on a dare, so I think that's why I remember his class so much!)
Thanks for the great giveaway!
Christy
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At August 10, 2009 at 7:46 AM , Blogger Christy Lee said...

I am a follower!
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At August 10, 2009 at 8:22 AM , Anonymous Nancy said...

Mrs. Timmons was my high school speech and debate coach for all 4 years of high school. She taught M-F and then spent Friday evenings and all day and into the late night Saturday sponsoring us at speech and debate tournaments around the city and even the state. She is the most fabulous teacher I have ever know. She is one of the main reasons I became a teacher also!

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At August 10, 2009 at 8:23 AM , Anonymous Nancy said...

I subscribe.

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At August 10, 2009 at 8:23 AM , Anonymous Nancy said...

I also follow.

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At August 10, 2009 at 10:13 AM , Blogger Kim said...

My favorite teacher of all time was my 6th grade teacher. I just wish that I remembered her full name. We all called her Ms. B. It's what she wanted so we did. She taught in a way that was so fun that we didn't realized we were learning. I wish there were more teachers out there today that would do that.

This book looks wonderful!

 
At August 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM , Blogger Kim said...

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At August 10, 2009 at 1:12 PM , Blogger Terri said...

I was fortunate to have had many wonderful teachers. My fondest memories are of my 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Turchin. The story of "how do you spell ponna" reminded me of how one day she gently corrected me when she discovered in my Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, I was saying "...and to the republic for Richard Stands" when it was supposed to be "for which it stands". I used to wonder who Richard Stands was. :-)
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At August 10, 2009 at 1:16 PM , Blogger Terri said...

email subscriber and follower on blogger

Phillip Done's book sounds like something I'd enjoy. Out of the mouths of babes flow wonderful & funny thoughts. :-)
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At August 10, 2009 at 1:29 PM , Blogger independentmami said...

I have had several teachers take me under their wings. But there are two the come to mind from senior yr, Ms Wallace and Ms. McNeal. Ms. Wallace paid for my senior dues. Ms McNeal gave me one of her daughter's old dresses to wear to prom after I won my tickets to prom in a raffle. It was the nicest things they could have done for me. It meant alot to participate for once and at last. super_alba_star@yahoo.com

 
At August 10, 2009 at 1:30 PM , Blogger independentmami said...

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At August 10, 2009 at 4:51 PM , Blogger Kelly said...

Hmm. Well, I have to say my Latin teacher in HS, Dr. Bond, was just inspirational. I learned a lot from him. He even kept the higher level courses on the schedule even though there weren't any other students except me signed up - something he certainly didn't have to do, they would have had every right to cancel it with only one student signed up.

 
At August 11, 2009 at 9:35 AM , Blogger BeckyM said...

My most memorable teacher was my first grade teacher because she always made you feel special!

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At August 11, 2009 at 9:36 AM , Blogger BeckyM said...

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At August 11, 2009 at 11:43 AM , Blogger Kelly said...

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At August 11, 2009 at 11:47 PM , Blogger Bonita12 said...

I'va always wanted to read this book. My most memorable teacher was Mrs. Hall. She used to read "The Little House on the Prairie" series to us in 5th grade.

 
At August 11, 2009 at 11:47 PM , Blogger Bonita12 said...

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At August 12, 2009 at 10:43 PM , Blogger Renee said...

Mrs. Hartline--she was so kind and funny and she read us lots of wonderful books by Edgar Allen Poe! She genuinely acted like she cared for each student in her class.

 
At August 12, 2009 at 10:43 PM , Blogger Renee said...

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At August 13, 2009 at 9:03 AM , Blogger demmi said...

my favorite was my gym teacher she made exercise fun con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

 
At August 13, 2009 at 4:11 PM , Blogger FOKXXY said...

My favorite teacher was Mr. Newton. He was an amazing story teller and read "the hobbit" to us every year . He did voices for each of the characters. At the end of the day he would always sing to us! He was fantastic.

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At August 13, 2009 at 6:31 PM , Blogger Wanda said...

My favourite was my first grade teacher. I can't remember her name but she made everyone in the class feel special.
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At August 13, 2009 at 9:36 PM , Blogger pierce said...

My favorite teacher was 7th grade math - Mr.Jagelton. He would involve everyone and just we'd all have a blast in his class and he'd tell the best stories, we'd leave that class with our sides hurting.

 
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At August 14, 2009 at 9:26 AM , Blogger MoziEsm√© said...

I'd love to read this book! One of my favorites was my piano teacher in high school - she was hard (even made me cry) but expected excellence, and that inspired me to do my best...

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At August 14, 2009 at 11:45 AM , Blogger Winning Readings said...

We've posted about this at Winning Readings:

http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/08/close-encounters-of-third-grade-kind_14.html

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At August 15, 2009 at 11:26 AM , Blogger Debs Desk said...

My favorite teacher was my 5th grade teacher. Her name was Ms. Robinson. She had gone to school with my father, its a small world. So she was really nice to me. Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
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At August 15, 2009 at 11:27 AM , Blogger Debs Desk said...

I am a follower.
Thanks
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At August 15, 2009 at 11:19 PM , Blogger Golfersmom said...

My favorite teacher was Mrs. Bunch in third grade. I was very shy and she made me feel special and I opened up that year.
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At August 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM , Blogger Becca said...

My favorite teacher was in college, Prof. Samons. He taught in the Classics department about Ancient Greece and Rome. He had a way of teaching that made you excited about learning. I think it had a lot to do with the fact that it was so obvious that he really enjoyed his subject matter and it was infectious and in the end so did I.
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At August 20, 2009 at 11:46 AM , Anonymous sandy myers said...

My favorite teacher I actually had for 2 years. My class was large and so had to split in 1st grade, then melded for 2nd. I had Mrs. Buchanan for both! About a week before school started for 1st grade, I got a phone call from Mrs. B letting me know how excited she was to have me in her classroom. She made learning fun and was such a wonderful person that actually liked teaching and loved us kids! I still stay in contact with her (and I'm 29!!)!
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At August 20, 2009 at 11:47 AM , Anonymous sandy myers said...

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At August 20, 2009 at 4:21 PM , Blogger mverno said...

my favorite teacher was 6th grade math . taught with different things from outdoors mverno@roadrunner.com

 
At August 20, 2009 at 10:01 PM , Blogger Shannan said...

My high school social studies teacher. He was a tough teacher but we learned a lot.

 
At August 21, 2009 at 8:11 AM , Blogger Darlene said...

My favorite was my fifth grade teacher, Louise Tolbert. I wonder what became of her. She was a new teacher and she was full of energy and new ideas.

 
At August 21, 2009 at 8:33 AM , Blogger rbailey1958 said...

My History teacher Mr. Haney in the 7th grade at Sequoia middle school in 1970 in Fontana, CA Mr Haney made learning history fun, he was a nice teacher.
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At August 21, 2009 at 8:34 AM , Blogger rbailey1958 said...

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At August 21, 2009 at 9:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

g t ashmore, gtashmore@yahoo.com--my 3d grade teacher, Mrs Dole< did much to bring me out of my shell and help me

 
At August 21, 2009 at 12:40 PM , OpenID tarahsfoodreviews said...

Mrs. Lindsey - she was my third grade teacher and she made learning so much fun. She really made sure that all different learning types were touched on in her class and she was always ready to lend a helping hand to any student who may have needed it.

Tarah
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At August 21, 2009 at 7:20 PM , Blogger Linda K said...

Mrs Buchman my second grade teacher was your basic grandmotherly woman. so very nice.

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At August 21, 2009 at 7:20 PM , Blogger Linda K said...

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At August 22, 2009 at 9:50 AM , Blogger iggysaysno said...

My favorite teacher was a very strict fourth grade teacher. She was very tough but later I see that I learned a great deal from her class.

 
At August 22, 2009 at 6:52 PM , Blogger Xenia said...

I had some great teachers but the one that probably made the biggest difference was Mr. Schlukebier. He cared so much about his students and worked to make sure that everyone learned the most they could!

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At August 22, 2009 at 6:52 PM , Blogger Xenia said...

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At August 23, 2009 at 8:28 AM , Blogger Sweeter the berry said...

My fave teacher was in first grade. She is my fave because I remember her being really nice and pleasant and smiling a lot and I felt comfortable being there unlike kdgtn. I also remember specifically being taught the pronunciations of the abc's sounds (ahhh, buhh, cuhh, duh, etc. She would sing the abc's to us like that everyday!

 
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At August 23, 2009 at 10:44 AM , Blogger sweetsue said...

My favorite teacher was my sixth grade teacher-Mr. Devore. He was my first male teacher and I was worried that a man would be mean-but he was funny and got me interested in politics.
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At August 24, 2009 at 7:35 AM , Blogger clc408 said...

My high school AP English teacher was so good my college courses seemed like easy reviews. Thanks Miss Smith!

 
At August 25, 2009 at 10:16 PM , Blogger Diana said...

My english teacher in 11th grade gave us great tips and advise on interviews and resumes.

 
At August 25, 2009 at 11:13 PM , Blogger Hotsnotty2 said...

My favorite was my 11th grade AP English teacher, instead of poems he would play "popular" songs and have us analyze them! So much fun! Thanks!

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At August 26, 2009 at 3:46 AM , Blogger autie said...

My favorite was my marketing teacher. She was VERY patient because she entered me in a "communications" competition. Now, this is where you basically have to roleplay a situation and respond correctly based on social skills and business skills. Most people would NEVER pick an Autistic person for the competition. Well, she did! She coached me and taught me, and I was so proud to get 2nd place out of 16 people!

 
At August 27, 2009 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Paula said...

My favorite teacher was Mrs Wilder. She was tough but I loved her. She was my English teacher. I think she taught me more than most.

 
At August 27, 2009 at 8:55 PM , Blogger Elly said...

I remember my 7th grade music teacher for taking the time to help a hard of hearing child with music..which wasn't easy! I remember my eleventh grade american history teacher for always believing that I could do whatever I put my mind to and expecting me to. And My college philosophy proffessor for pushing me to think and not just be cynical.

 
At August 28, 2009 at 2:34 AM , Blogger Terra H. said...

My favorite was my high school home economics teacher and FHA advisor because she and I developed a bond when I traveled with her to meetings for FHA. She was like a mother figure to me.
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At August 28, 2009 at 2:34 AM , Blogger Terra H. said...

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At August 28, 2009 at 4:59 AM , Blogger Kelly F said...

My favorite teacher was Miss Puji for first grade. She was so kind and really cared about her students. She made going to school and learning fun.

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At August 28, 2009 at 5:00 AM , Blogger Kelly F said...

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At August 28, 2009 at 5:58 AM , Blogger erma said...

My was Mrs. Smith. She was my nursing teacher and she was cool.
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At August 28, 2009 at 3:33 PM , Blogger snytar said...

I would say my 5th grade teacher Mrs. Moore. She made class fun. snytar@hotmail.com

 
At August 28, 2009 at 4:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Derichs taught "Satire and Utopia"; great reads with a magnificent and intriguing lesson and teacger!

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At August 28, 2009 at 5:39 PM , Blogger The Demille's said...

My favorite teacher was my 3rd grade teacher...Mrs. Buck! She always had a ton of fun activities and would encourage us to read by having contests and parties! I loved 3rd grade thanks to her!
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At August 28, 2009 at 10:13 PM , Blogger mom2anutball said...

My favorite teacher was my History Teacher in 9th grade, because he took the time to make us understand everything. And he was hilarious! Thanks!!


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At August 28, 2009 at 10:13 PM , Blogger mom2anutball said...

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At August 28, 2009 at 11:23 PM , Blogger Pam said...

My favorite was my 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Colvin. She would teach me big vocabulary words to stump my older brother who thought he was so much smarter to me. She was also the most incredibly kind woman.
Thanks so much!
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At August 28, 2009 at 11:23 PM , Blogger Pam said...

I follow you on Google Friend.
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At August 29, 2009 at 2:36 AM , Blogger Carol EL said...

My favorite teacher taught me French years ago in high school.His name was Stan Dubelle. jelly15301@gmail.com

 
At August 29, 2009 at 2:37 AM , Blogger Carol EL said...

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At August 29, 2009 at 11:41 AM , Blogger djgroz said...

Mrs Minton
She made me love Math.
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At August 29, 2009 at 1:30 PM , Blogger kathy pease said...

i had a math teacher named mr french he was the sweetest teacher i have ever seen.he took the time to explain when you didnt understand something :)

 
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At August 29, 2009 at 8:23 PM , Blogger purango said...

Mrs Channell my fourth grade teacher was my favorite. She was so kind. I'm sure she encouraged me participate in class and to believe in myself. garrettsambo@aol.com

 

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