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A Guide for Using the Phantom Tollbooth in the Classroom (Literature Units) [Paperback]

Kathleen L. Bulloch , Theresa M. Wright
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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Teacher Created Resources (Mar 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557344310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557344311
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.6 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for the turnpike 19 Dec 2005
By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME
Norton Juster's book is ostensibly a children's book. However, like much of children's literature, it contains hidden (and not so hidden) aspects that are of delight to adults as well. This, when you think of it, makes sense--the point of children's literature is to educate as well as entertain (one hopes!), therefore, it makes sense that some of the lessons will be more 'adult' than the actual storyline would seem to indicate.
Milo and his various friends and enemies encountered along the way serve to illustrate many of the foibles and quirks of adult life. The Phantom Tollbooth serves as a gateway to a place that embodies the physical manifestations of metaphors.
For instance, in Dictionopolis (a city of words) Milo is invited to a banquet at which one must eat one's words. Just as in our world, sometimes those words can be sour and very hard to swallow.
Also, while you can jump to the Isle of Conclusions, you must reach the mainland again only by swimming through the sea of knowledge. And the water is cold. It is not easy to recover from having jumped to conclusions.
The interplay between concepts, the tension between words and numbers, the divisions and alliances that are made, the enemies who seem to be friends, all of these serve to make a delightful play which will interest children and adults.
Milo, of course, makes it home safely after a fascinating journey, and while he would like to take another trip, the phantom tollbooth is needed elsewhere for other children, too. However, Milo realises that he has his own tollbooth in his imagination, and thus the adventure need never end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Phantom Tolbooth for teachers 7 Feb 2011
By Liz
Although biased to the American curriculum and style of teaching, both my husband (an LSA) and daughter (early years practitioner) thought it had some good ideas - but then again, they both liked the book and movie!!
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i dont care if this is a childrens book i love it. who could forget the spelling b e e or tick tock or even the people who grow down. this is a wonderful fullfilling fantasy which takes you in to a whole new world and theres even a map. this is a must read. i love the phantom toolbooth
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By Scimum
I used this book with my 9 year old son who is homeschooled. I loved the Phantom Tollbooth myself as a child and wanted to explore the ideas and vocabulary introduced in the book, rather than letting him just whizz through it and put it back on the shelf. We had a great time doing many of the quizzes and activities and his new favourite word is now 'flabbergast'! I liked the fact that many of the activities were hands on (e.g. making words out of salt dough) and not limited to reading, writing and spelling. You can explore the nature of sound or light or make dodecahedrons with different cartoon faces. As our final activity we played '20 questions' using characters from the book. I recommend it to both teachers and homeschoolers, and I am looking out for other guides in the same series to use next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully packed with imagination! 18 Feb 2004
By Karen
Anyone who does not see the value in this book for children is clearly uneducated! It is full of personification, imagination, character development, figurative language, plot development, similes, assonance/consonance - to name a few... and it is clearly meant to entertain the reader-it is a valuable resource in the classroom and provides children with the challenge of understanding language as well as creating a landscape for creativity and fantasy for which to instill a value in creative reading and writing.
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