The Adventures of Flat Stanley
Early in the Autumn term I received an e-mail from my brother
in New Hampshire enquiring whether I would be prepared to become involved in a
creative writing project with his son, my nephew and namesake, Greg.
The note from his teacher to the parents explained the project:
I am writing
to inform you about a writing activity that our class is about to
undertake. I need your assistance in helping your child to pick
a friend or relative from far away who would be willing to assist
our class in the following way.
We are going
to spend time on letter and story writing that will include an interesting
activity needing help from relatives or friends. Last week I introduced
this project to the children and read a whimsical story to the class
entitled Flat Stanley. This story is about a boy who has a mishap
with a bulletin board. He is flattened when the board falls on top
of him. The story takes Stanley on many adventures in which he learns
that being flat has its advantages (as well as disadvantages)! The
story is delightful and the children loved it. The children have
designed their own "Flat Stanley" and are writing their
own story about how Stanley became flat. When the story is completed,
the children will be asked to write a letter to a friend or relative
explaining Stanley's plight. The friend or relative will be asked
to take Stanley on several adventures for a few days (in a pocket
or purse). We would then like Flat Stanley to be sent back to our
class at school, with a letter of explanation about the adventures
they shared and photographs if at all possible.
This Flat Stanley
project will also help with geographical studies as we see how much
of the United States (or farther) Stanley manages to travel. We
will be sharing both our stories and the letters that we receive
with the class.
your child choose someone far away that you feel will be receptive
and animated enough to join the fun. Please send in an address within
Thank you for
your assistance with this project.
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