Flat Stanley Sells Out! Save the Flat Stanley Project!
Flat Stanley makes a splash on the red carpet
Children's book character Flat Stanley has become a symbol of world peace, promoting international relations and literacy across the globe. Sadly, the Trust of late author Jeff Brown is in danger of ruining Flat Stanley's reputation in the name of a quick buck.
In 1995 Dale Hubert, a schoolteacher in Ontario, Canada started the Flat Stanley Project, for which he received the Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2001. The project involves children making a paper cut-out of Flat Stanley and mailing him around the world. Flat Stanley's hosts keep a diary of his activities, photograph him around town, and return him to his classroom a week later.
Author Jeff Brown encouraged teacher Hubert to continue with the project, crediting it with renewed book sales, and publisher Harper-Collins encouraged Hubert to purchase the URL www.flatstanley.com. Unfortunately, due to the goodwill involved, no one put anything in writing. Now the late author's Trust is promoting a musical version of the book and plans to publish additional Flat Stanley books penned by another author. According to Dale Hubert, the Trust has contacted him regarding The Flat Stanley Project website with what sounds suspiciously like scare tactics.