Written by Jeff Brown illustrated by Scott Nash (Based loosely on the original, Flat Stanley published in 1964) This one has less text and more pictures.
HarperCollins (August 22, 2006) (This is the picture book edition)Suitable For:
Ages 4 and up
Studying America and the world.
Breakfast was ready.
"I will go wake the boys," Mrs. Lambchop said to her husband, George Lambchop. Just then their younger son, Arthur, called from the bedroom he shared with his brother, Stanley.
"Hey! Come and look! Hey!"
Mr. and Mrs. Lambchop were both very much in favor of politeness and careful speech. "Hay is for horses, Arthur, not people," Mr. Lambchop said as they entered the bedroom. "Try to remember that."
"Excuse me," Arthur said. "But look!"
Stanley is an ordinary boy whose life changes in a very big way after being flattened by a bulletin board in his room during the night. He is now a half-inch thick! (Flat as a pancake!)
Why I loved it:
This is a great tool for studying America (one reviewer mentioned you could have the each of the kids send a Flat Stanley to their friends and relatives in other states, thereby learning about those states) as the reader travels with Stanley who travels in an envelope. It is so funny! (Plus, he saves the day when a gang of thieves begins stealing paintings from the Famous Museum of Art.) The illustrations popped right off the page.
Here's a great one that shows how one class sent out plain paper dolls that they call FLAT STANLEYS, to visit cities all over America and the World. Mrs. Wolfe's class is totally cool! There are Flat Stanley projects all over the world!
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Have a great weekend! xoxo