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Radio Interview, March 4, 2005
Clint Eastwood & Flat Stanley
Sunday, 4 December 2005
Presenter: Liam Bartlett
Flat Stanley for an outing.
What was that little thing that Clint Eastwood had in his
the 2005 academy Awards ? It was Flat Stanley, and
thought a little guy made out of paper could be such a
phenomenon, and have such an impact on children's interest
reading and writing.
Liam spoke to the Canadian 3rd grade teacher Dale
Hubert who is
the originator of the Flat Stanley Project.
Dale explains that ,in the 1960s, author Jeff Brown wrote a
where a boy named Stanley Lambchop was flattened by a
bulletin board. Flat Stanley then wants to visit some
California, so his parents roll him up, put him in an
mail him there.
This concept sparked our teacher's imagination, so Dale
came up with the idea of schoolchildren making up their
Stanleys and mailing them to other kids. These recipients
expected to play host, write a journal of Flat Stanley's
them, and eventually mail Stanley (with journal) back".
This has worked as a wonderful way to engage a child's
imagination, and encourage reading and writing. For some
according to Mr Hubert, whilst the old pen pal system just
cut it anymore, children seem to be eager to write and
a 'special' friend.
So much so, says Dale Hubert, that "the little flat guy
popping up in the most unlikely places. Naturally, he's
the White House, with penguins in Antactica, in a
in Australia, and visited a school in France.
Apparently the school in France got a bit of a surprise
ended up hosting one hundred & twenty Flat Stanleys
simultaneously. It coped.
In a sometimes miserable and cynical world, this is one of
best news stories you could ever find. Children can easily
participate through their schoolteachers, and there are
precautions to prevent creepy adults getting involved.
click onto our audio to hear an inspiring educator talk
great idea, and see the website below for further
Oh, and what was Mr Eastwood doing with Flat Stanley ?
Clint has a
daughter in Grade 3, and Mr Eastwood was taking her Flat
to the Oscars for a night out. Bet that Flat Stanley had a
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As heard on the Morning Program with Liam Bartlett.
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Any further information about Flat Stanley,
to take part, is on his website.