Read Easy Words

  • This book may be easier for you to read than most. Because most of the words are easy words, you just need a glance to know them.
  • The more words or letters that you can read with quick glances, the faster you can read.
  • When you read, practice to see how many words or letters you can read with quick glances. See if you can increase the number with practice each day.
  • Guess at common words that you are almost able to see. You may often be right. It is less effort to read this way, and you will guess better with practice.
  • How much you can read in one glance may be limited by the size or number of blank spots in your field of view, so use a number of quick glances to piece a word or phrase together if you need to.


In the next story, try to read each group of words in quick glances:

More from “The Phantom Tollbooth”
© 1961 by Norman Juster

“You may not see it now, said the

Princess of Pure Reason, looking

knowingly at Milo’s puzzled face,

“but whatever we learn has a purpose

and whatever we do affects everything

and everyone else, if even in the

tiniest way. Why, when a housefly

flaps his wings, a breeze goes round

the world; when a speck of dust falls

to the ground, the entire planet weighs

a little more; and when you stamp

your foot,

the earth moves slightly off

its course. Whenever you laugh,

gladness spreads like the ripples in a

pond; and whenever you’re sad,

no one anywhere can be really happy.

And it’s much the same thing

with knowledge, for whenever you

learn something new, the whole world

becomes that much richer.”

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