Author: Jeff BrownPosted: March 10, 2013
Flat Stanley Picture Book Jeff Brown (author) and Scott Nash (illustrator) (Aug 22, 2006)
Although the Flat Stanley author Jeff Brown doesn’t seem to have a “Brat” past, we have three of his Flat Stanley books in our collection because in April 2013 we are launching our own version of the Flat Stanley Project. Here’s a description from Wikipedia:
The Flat Stanley Project was started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a third grade schoolteacher in London, Ontario, Canada. It is meant to facilitate letter-writing by schoolchildren to each other as they document where Flat Stanley has accompanied them. Dale Hubert received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001 for the Flat Stanley Project.
The 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. Some teachers prefer to use e-mail for its quicker travel time.In 2005, more than 6,500 classes from 48 countries took part in the Flat Stanley Project.
We are doing our Flat Stanley Project in with the Albuquerque Special Collections Library and several schools in the Albuquerque, NM and El Paso, TX school districts.
Poor Stanley. He’s a perfectly normal boy until one morning he wakes up flat. After his parents peel the incriminating bulletin board off of him, Stanley must adjust to life as a pancake. He is a boy who takes this kind of thing in stride, though, and soon he’s enjoying the advantages of squashedness. Sliding under closed doors is fun, and it’s gratifying to be of use to his mother when she drops her ring through a narrow metal grating. Expensive plane fare to California? No problem. Svelte Stanley folds comfortably into a brown paper envelope. There’s even room left over in there for an egg-salad sandwich. But Stanley’s true moment of glory comes when a gang of thieves begins stealing paintings from the Famous Museum of Art. The case seems hopeless–until our two-dimensional hero saves the day. Here is one boy who doesn’t let his profile-challenged body stop him from living life fully–that is, until his brother finds a way to help him become well rounded again. Jeff Brown’s matter-of-fact tone and Tomi Ungerer’s witty and engaging drawings tickle the funny bone, making this 1964 classic a perennial favorite. (Ages 4 to 8) –Emilie Coulter –This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! [Paperback]
Stanley El Plano/Flat Stanley (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]