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Flat Stanley

Posted by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM
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 Anyone familiar with Flat Stanley? I'd never heard of this until recently seeing it in another group.

      

Flat Stanley is a 1964 children's book written by Jeff Brown. It is the first in a series of books featuring Stanley Lambchop.

Stanley Lambchop and his younger brother Arthur are given a big bulletin board by their father to display pictures and posters. He hangs it on the wall over Stanley's bed. During the night the board falls from the wall, flattening Stanley in his sleep. He survives and makes the best of his altered state, and soon he is entering locked rooms by sliding under the door, and playing with his younger brother by being used as a kite. One special advantage is that Flat Stanley can now visit his friends by being mailed in an envelope. Stanley even helps catch some art museum thieves by posing as a painting on the wall. Eventually, Stanley is tired of being flat and Arthur changes him back to his proper shape with a bicycle pump.

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SweetLuci
by Bronze Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:47 AM

 

The Flat Stanley Project was started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a third grade schoolteacher in Canada. It is meant to facilitate letter-writing by schoolchildren to each other as they document where Flat Stanley has accompanied them.

The Flat Stanley Project provides an opportunity for students to make connections with students of other member schools who have signed up with the project. Students begin by reading the book and becoming acquainted with the story. They create paper "Flat Stanleys" (representative drawings of the Stanley Lambchop character) and keep a journal for a few days, documenting the places and activities in which Flat Stanley is involved. Each student's Flat Stanley and its respective journal are mailed to other people who are asked to treat the figure as a visiting guest and add to his journal, then return them both after a period of time. The project has many similarities to the travelling gnome prank except, of course, for the Flat Stanley Project's focus on literacy.

Students may find it fun to plot Flat Stanley's travels on maps and share the contents of the journal. Often, a Flat Stanley returns with a photo or postcard from his visit. Some teachers prefer to use e-mail for its quicker travel time.

momofsixangels
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 1:35 PM

My kids never did this

michiganmom116
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 1:38 PM

I may have read it as a child, but I've never read it to my own children....I haven't seen it.

wandep
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Yes, my cousin from NY sent Flat Stanley in the mail for us to take around and take care of him. We then had to send him back to her. It was pretty cool. This was a year or so ago. We took him to the doctors office for a checkup, FSU college, out to lunch, can't remember where else. LOL

psych_mom
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 10:09 PM

I'd never heard of it.

SweetLuci
by Bronze Member on Feb. 27, 2014 at 11:03 PM
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 What fun for your kids.

Quoting wandep:

Yes, my cousin from NY sent Flat Stanley in the mail for us to take around and take care of him. We then had to send him back to her. It was pretty cool. This was a year or so ago. We took him to the doctors office for a checkup, FSU college, out to lunch, can't remember where else. LOL

 

Bekki
by on Feb. 27, 2014 at 11:05 PM

My 2nd graders love that series!

celestegood
by Bronze Member on Feb. 28, 2014 at 12:56 AM
My twelve yea old son used to love that series!
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TheJerseyGirl
by on Feb. 28, 2014 at 6:08 AM

 I know there's a female version that I've seen getting mailed to different places online.

Angela4boys
by Silver Member on Feb. 28, 2014 at 12:21 PM
My kids have done it at their last school.
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