My friend Flat Stanley

“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.”

When BabyBoy was in second grade, his teacher used Flat Stanley in a project.  Each student colored, cut out, and laminated a Flat Stanley, and then mailed him with a letter describing the project to a friend or relative.  The recipient of Flat Stanley then wrote back to the child, with Flat Stanley in the envelope along with the letter, describing what happened while Flat Stanley was there.  The students plotted the locations of Flat Stanley’s travels on a wall map. 

It was such fun on so many levels.  There was the tactile, artistic process of creating the individual Flat Stanleys.  There was the reading and writing developmental area, focusing on letter-writing.  There was the fun of receiving mail, and the learning of the reciprocative process “I give/I receive”.  There was the geographic broadening of the second grader’s world, and learning to use maps.  And there was the historic, genealogical fun of letters from relatives. 

My mom wrote the best letter describing what they were doing when Flat Stanley arrived, what the weather was like, and that Uncle Steve was there visiting.  Heck, had Flat Stanley not visited, I most likely would not have known that Steve was there. 

My family does not get an A in communication.

*****

And, Deno kiddos, your Flat Stanley book has been ordered and will ship to you soon!

2 Responses to “My friend Flat Stanley”

  1. kari Says:

    Thank you so much Ruth, I am excited to meet Stanley :- )

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