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Flat Stanley’s Adventures on the East Coast

My middle level art education friend, September, who lives in Michigan, asked over social media for volunteers to take a Flat Stanley for her daughter, Lennie, who is in first grade. Of course, ever since my son was in first grade and had a Flat Stanley returned by President Clinton along with a packet of photos and a signed letter from the President, I’ve been a Flat Stanley fan and will be for life. Flat Stanley is a book by Jeff Brown and has featured illustrations by a few different artists over time, including Tomi Ungerer, Macky Pamintuan, and Scott Nash. Here’s the overview:

Meet Stanley Lambchop.

He’s an ordinary boy with an extraordinary problem.

He’s four feet tall, about a foot wide . . . oh, and half an inch thick.

At first being flat is fine.

It’s fun going in and out of rooms simply by sliding under the door.

And it’s exciting being mailed to your friends in California for a visit.

But it’s not always easy being different, and soon Stanley wishes he could be just like everybody else.

Will he ever be normal again?

And so the adventures of Flat Stanley begin. We had Flat Stanley with us for just about a month. We showed him around Boston (of course), Providence, Rhode Island, and Panama City Beach, Florida, where we traveled for our grandson’s wedding. We remembered to take his picture sometimes, other times we relied on the magic of Photoshop (when you give a Flat Stanley to an art teacher). All the photographs, with or without the little flat man, are mine. Here is a slideshow of the book we are sending Lennie. The photos follow the slideshow. Enjoy!

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