The Phantom Tollbooth begins with young Milo, who always in a rush to get things done. Which immediately striked me as interesting. When thinking of young children, not only are they always asking questions, but they are always in a hurry to move on to something new and get to something else. However as Milo encounters this Phantom Toolbooth and it takes him to places such as Dictionopolis,the land of the Doldrums, etc. Milo’s sudden rush to move from one place to another is fueled with uncertrainty. What this book does, which is interesting, is while teaching lessons of grammar( from spelling, to definitions to play on words), the children learn something much deeper than that. Which is to be careful with the words that you use, because they ultimately will have a lasting effect on the decisions for the rest of your life.
” You must pick your words very carefully and be sure to say just what you intend to say”( pg 44). This is interesting, because not only in the first 100 pages of the book are we introduced to a plethora of words, that Im sure a young reader may not be as familiar with, the lessons that it teaches is much deeper. Milo in just his few encounters, has learned just what the power of words can do. The power of words has left the “Which” in jail, it left the ” market place” in shambles, and it left ” Rhyme and Reason” in digitopolis. Words have much power over young readers. It is impacting the reader who is reading the story, but its also teaching them as well.
Ultimately, what Milo is learning on his journey, is how to better use his words. Thinking in the mind of a young reader, what a profound impact/statement that is. Learn to use words wisely, and learn the effect that it has on other people. It will be interesting to see how else Milo uses these words on his quest to find ” Rhyme and Reason.”