Thursday, November 06, 2008

Phantom Tollbooth

I'm cross posting this from my book blog. I'm still looking for an address to send it to.

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I have learned that the surest way to get my oldest daughter not to read is to recommend a book. So I've left a pile of my favorite childhood books on one shelf of the big bookshelf in my room, and I've let Ella discover them on her own. I was thrilled when she came out last week with The Phantom Tollbooth, which was one of my favorite books as a child. Ella loved the book, and last night she came out with a letter she wants to send to Norton Juster. Here it is, sic all:

Dear Norton Juster,
I really liked The Phantom Tollbooth. My friend M and I both have read the book. I really think that you are a good auther. M and I have wanted to ask you to write another book of Phantom Tollbooth. Some of my favrite chapters were 3, 9, 17, 18, 2, 19, 14 and 15. On the map you can follow along ware you are. M and I want to be Rhyme and Reason for Holween next year. I thoght that in point of view was funny how people grow down. I never really thoght about ware numbers, word, and colors come from until now. I wonder how did you get the idea for Phanton Tollboth?

From,
Ella

I was very concerned last night that perhaps Mr. Juster was no longer alive and that I'd have to break the news to Ella, who would be crushed. Fortunately, according to his publisher, he's still alive, and he published a book in 2005. I'll look it up when I'm at the library today. I still need to find an address to send the letter to.I think I'm going to leave my Anne of Green Gables and Little House on the Prairie books where Ella can find them next.

4 comments:

Becca said...

OOOH, the little house books. I own two sets (one here and one in my storage unit in WV--we thought Alaska was a temporary move). Every year or so I re-read them all.

Liz in Ink said...

You can just send the letter to his publisher -- they will get it to him quickly and safely and well!

My girls loved the Anne books, btw...

Emma in Canada said...

My daughter had to read the Phantom Toolbooth in the third or fourth grade and she loved it.

While I was never a big Anne fan (though I did love the movies) I was a HUGE LHOTP fan. I cried when my daugher said she didn't like those books. I have 2 more girls and I am really hoping they will become fans.

Jennette said...

I adore The Phantom Tollbooth. Thanks for sharing her letter. ;)