Flat Stanley comes to town!
For those of you who don’t yet know who Flat Stanley is, let me enlighten you. Stanley is the main character in a children’s book popular in elementary schools throughout the States and Canada. The story focuses on a boy named Stanley Lambchop and how he uses his seemingly unfortunate circumstances to his advantage. Wikipedia’s summary of the book is as follows –
Stanley Lambchop and his younger brother Arthur are given a big bulletin board by their Dad for putting pictures and posters on. He hangs it on the wall over Stanley’s bed, but 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. Stanley even helps catch some art museum sneak thieves by posing as a painting on the wall. But one special advantage is that Flat Stanley can now visit his friends by being mailed in an envelope. Eventually Arthur, who tires of all the attention Stanley has been getting, reverts Stanley to his proper shape through an air pump used for footballs.
In 1995, a third grade teacher in Ontario, Canada started what is now known as the Flat Stanley project. The project seeks to connect children with others outside of their own community, by sending stories and more “Stanleys” back and forth to each other. Over the years, the project has been adopted and adapted by teachers in all different schools. Some choose to involve the entire class in sending one Stanley to another classroom in a partnering school. Some choose to have each student in the classroom send their own Stanley to a friend or relative in another State or province. And others allow their students to mail a Stanley off to the far corners of the world, as long as they know the person who will be receiving the letter personally.
Upon receiving Stanley in the mail, his host or hostess gets to take him on an adventure, documenting it the whole way. After Stanley had has the opportunity to have his photo taken in all kinds of interesting places, checked out the local food and way of life, both he and a story about his travels are mailed back to the child that made him. The child is then able to read about where he went, what he did, and see pictures of it as well. The child may then also choose to share about what was returned to them in class.
We got a Flat Stanley… and you have no idea how excited I was about it! Stanley was here through part of March and the holiday season mid-April – yes, that means he got to be part of Songkraan with us, as you’ll see in the photos. I just received word, earlier this week, that our friend Makenna has received her Stanley pack, and I now feel that I can share his story with all of you. After all, she deserved to see it first, right? 🙂 Thank you, Makenna, for choosing us for your project! You are awesome!
Oh yeah, and I decided to make a friend to send back to Indiana with Stanley, too! Her name is Kung (say it like “Goong”), which means shrimp. I just traced Stanley’s outline, so they’d be the same size/shape, and drew her in one form of traditional Thai dress.
If you know me at all, you know I love bright colors, clean presentations, and adding a little fun to everything… so, I figured it would be neat to send his story back looking like this. No plain paper allowed. Nope! Just click on the image below to download the PDF and read for yourself. Enjoy!