Flat Stanley in Taipei, Taiwan

Dear Mr. Hubert,


I saw a photo on CNN .com of Flat Stanley with Clint Eastwood at the Oscars and it prompted me to do a little Flat Stanley research.  I found you and your website.  Let me say,  I think the Flat Stanley Project is one of the best things I have ever seen to motivate kids not only to read but to be aware of the cultures in other countries and even other regions within our own country. 

When my oldest son was in 3rd grade he did the project, too.  We lived in Wisconsin at the time and sent Flat Stanley to some friends in Arizona, where my son was born.  They had Stanley for about a month and all they sent back with him was two printed pages from a website.  We were so disappointed and I vowed that if anyone ever sent me a Flat Stanley I would show him the royal treatment!  We had such fun with ours that my 5 year old was constantly reminding me to not forget Stanley whenever we would leave the house (even though I already had him packed and ready to go).

I read that one of the things you'd like to do next is introduce Stanley to Asia where children both eastern and western would learn about each others cultures firsthand from each other.  We are planning on living in Taiwan until July of 2006 but if I can be of any assistance to you in getting things started over here, let me know.  I volunteer on a daily basis at Taipei American School.



Flat Stanley arrives at Taipei American School


Trick or Treating in my new Chinese pajama costume


Giant tree frogs- OH NO!


Hanging out with the bats in a Taroko cave

Reading my favourite story with my new friend, Stanley, from Texas

A huge Stanley fan,

Mary Downs