Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Flat Stanley Once Banned But Carries on in Literacy Campaign

The story of Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown came out in the early 1960s and according to an article about the delightful world of Flat Stanley, it vanished from libraries and bookstores for a brief time, banned because adults thought children would find the idea of the bulletin board falling and flattening Stanley too disturbing for children.

Now, in his 40s, Flat Stanley lives on with the Flat Stanley Project, an ongoing international literacy campaign launched in 1995 by Canadian schoolteacher, Dale Hubert, who taught third-grade in London, Ontario. According to Wikipedia, the Flat Stanley Project is meant to facilitate letter-writing by schoolchildren to each other as they document what Flat Stanley has done with them. Dale Hubert received the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001 for the Flat Stanley Project."

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