Where in the World Is Flat Stanley?
April 29, 2013
Imagine having the ability to fold yourself in half, stuff yourself in an envelope, and go anywhere in the world you would like for the price of a postage stamp. That is precisely the life of Stanley Lambchop! He went to bed one evening and woke up in the morning flat. A bulletin board fell on him during the night and deflated him. Now, don't feel sorry for him! Imagine what you could do if you were flat. He makes the best of his situation by seeing what adventures he could have in his condition.
Flat Stanley is a 1964 children's book written by Jeff Brown. He went on to write 4 more. My favorite are: Stanley in Space and Stanley Flat Again. I learned about his books through the Flat Stanley Project. In 1995, Dale Hubert, a third grade teacher in London, Ontario, Canada, had his students send Stanley to other students to encourage letter writing between children of school age. This grew to be a worldwide activity involving children sending Stanley to other States or Countries. (Children actually name the flat paper doll after themselves, such as Flat Jane or Flat John). I have been the recipient of two Flat Stanley's from previous students of mine. I took Stanley with me wherever I went and wrote about the things we saw and did. I brought him, neatly tucked in my purse, to the Kauffman Center of Performing Arts, where he heard the Kansas City Orchestra perform. He even mingled amongst the books here at the Smithville Branch. Teachers who are interested in the Flat Stanley Project can go to the Flat Stanley website and register their classes.