I received something in the mail the other day. Flat Stanley!
Do you know about Flat Stanley? Flat Stanley first appeared in a book by Jeff Brown, called Flat Stanley, illustrated by Tomi Ungerer (we had an exhibition of his artwork here at The Carle this past summer) in 1964.
Flat Stanley has since been re-illustrated by other authors and a book series of early readers track his worldwide adventures. The books have inspired the Flat Stanley project. Kids can create their own Flat Stanley out of paper send it through the mail to other children and adults who document Flat Stanley’s travels. Kids can track their characters as he has adventures around the country and even the world!
This Flat Stanley was sent to me by my nephew whose 2nd grade class is doing a unit of geography and are using Flat Stanley’s travels to help their lessons. I decided to take Flat Stanley to work with me and send back pictures of what a great time Flat Stanley had at The Carle. I thought you might be interested to see them as well. I’ll let Flat Stanley take it from here:
I can’t believe I met the Caterpillar!
Here I am in front of a giant mural painted by Eric Carle. Blue is my favorite color.
I made some new friends. Here I am with Knuffle Bunny, the Caterpillar, and a Wild Thing.
What? Is there something behind me?
I browsed the amazing bookstore.
I read a lot of great books.
I made some art in the Art Studio. Being made of paper, I was very careful with the scissors.
I even helped out at the cash register. “That will be one million dollars, please.”
I also visited the gallery, but sorry, no photos allowed in there! I had such a great time at The Eric Carle Museum! Thanks for inviting me!
Have your children or students ever made a Flat Stanley? Where would you take your Flat Stanley visitor? And if you ever want to send your Flat Stanley to visit the Eric Carle Museum just let me know. We always have a great time here!