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The Flat Stanley project was started in 1995 by Dale Hubert, a Canadian schoolteacher. The project is based on the title character in Flat Stanley, a 1964 children's book. In the book, Stanley Lambchop is squished flat, which gives him unique abilities, like being able to slide under doors and travel in envelopes. The project is intended to increase literacy and educate children about geography.

Classes participating in the Flat Stanley Project make their own Stanley Lambchop out of paper, and usually laminate him. Flat Stanley is mailed around the world to willing participants, who are asked to treat Stanley as a visiting guest and to keep a journal of Stanley's activities. Most people also photograph Flat Stanley around town, making the project somewhat similar to the traveling gnome phenomenon. Some people send back postcards, videos or emails. Clint Eastwood took his daughter's Flat Stanley to the Oscars. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took his son's Flat Stanley with him on the campaign trail.