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Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure! Paperback – December 23, 2013
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As I grew older, I lost track of my copy of the book-- but would always ask friends if they remembered it when the converstation turned to children's literature. Surprisingly, not many people had heard of the story-- which, of course, inspired me to find the book and bring back a classic to my friends, nieces and nephews.
So, I scoured bookstores old and new to find it. And I was without luck-- until now. With the help of my computer and Amazon.com I have, again, found Flat Stanley. So, I'm ordering a bunch of copies-- for myself and my family-- and I'm thrilled that Stanley will find a place once again on my bookshelf -- and will hopefully remain there for years to come.
I can't wait for him to get here!!!
Squashed by a bulletin board that toppled during his sleep, Stanley Lambchop wakens to find himself half an inch thick, though thoroughly unharmed. While massive hunk of wood's crushing a sleeping child sounds potentially frightening, the reactions of Stanley's parents reinforce the notion that this book is a fanciful one, not in the least bit scary. "Darndest thing I've ever seen," his father remarks. His mother, admirably unperturbed, suggests, "Let's all have breakfast. Then Stanley and I will go to Doctor Dan and hear what he has to say."
Yes, Stanley's mother takes her son to the doctor's office, where a pretty nurse takes the boy's measurements while his father toils "at the office." When Mr. Lambchop comes home from work, his wife greets him with a sigh. "You're at the office all day, having fun. You don't realize what I go through with the boys. They're very difficult." Such gender stereotyping will likely displease today's mothers, though it is doubtful that most readers' indignation will measurably interfere with their enjoyment of the tale.
Indeed, the story captures the world of 1964, the year of its publication, most astutely. Written at the height of the civil rights movement, Brown's story addresses the era's most pressing issue with subtle effectiveness. When other children mock Stanley, jeering, "Hello, Super-Skinny," Mrs. Lambchop comforts her son. "Shame on them," she contends. "It is wrong to dislike people for their shapes.Read more ›
Note to teachers: This book is great when used as a part of a social studies unit on America. Have children create a U.S. map. Find California. Practice letter writing. Send Flat Stanley to friends and relatives in other states. Locate those states on the class map. Gather information about those states through return letters and let children learn from each other.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"I liked that he got flat and un-flat again. I loved the book!" So says my grandson, Boston, after we read the book twice in a row. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Barbara
My 7-year-old didn't really get into this book. He thought it was boring. On the other hand, he loved Captain Underpants and Galaxy Zack.Published 23 days ago by bewarm
Very mesmerizing great read of a book. My seven year old loved this adventurous book.Published 26 days ago by J Rivera
Flat Stanley books are great books because they are funny and interesting. None of the books are similar to the other books in the series, and each book has a surprise. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TJI
Great book for young ones. This was used as a very fun project in school. Easy and fun read.Published 1 month ago by connorsmommy331