Camila’s Flat Stanley Adventures

Hello, my name is Camila, I’m a 2 nd grade student at Ozona Elementary School in Palm Harbor Florida. I want to share the fun adventures and many places my Flat Stanley had and visited. I got  letters  from 5 countries.


Córdoba, Argentina, march 15th, 2011


Dear Cami,


Thank you for sending Flat Stanley to Argentina! We had a really good time together. He visited many places and lots of people!

First, here in Cordoba, Stanley, Aunt Sue and I visited a friend of ours, Melina. It was late summer so we were by the pool having mates. When people get together here in Argentina, we usually drink mates, a popular hot beverage.

We walked around the city as well. Cordoba is a very old city so we visited important historic landmarks such as the Cathedral you see on the picture.

We are gonna  miss you Flat!

We had a great time here and I wanted him to stay with us longer, but I thought it would be nice for him to visit some other members of our huge family. So, he visited my sister-in-law in Caleta Olivia. It is in the South of Argentina, about 2700 kilometers from Cordoba city (1.6777 miles). It is a beautiful city on the San Jorge Gulf by the Atlantic Ocean in the Patagonia. Although, as I told you, it was late summer, it was really cold there already. That is the reason why Joaquín (the little baby) and Mauricio (his father) are wearing warm clothes. Marina is taking the pick so she is not on it. As you can see, they are on the beach. It is a particular one, since it has no sand, but millions and billions of little rocks.

After Caleta, Stan travelled all the way to visit aunt Bety and Granma Ana in Las Toscas, the city where your mom, aunt Bety and I are from. It was Fall already. He was there just in time to celebrate aunt Bety’s birthday party. It was a pity Susan and I coud not be there. They threw a big party; aunt Bety invited the whole family, they ate empanadas (meat pastri) and choripanes( sausage in a bun) and chocolate cake.

The day after, aunt Bety and your grandma went for a ride to show Stanley the city. They visited El Mirador, a historic place from which the founders of the city used to watch for natives attacks. They played around in the city square as well.

Also he went to San Justo in the state of Buenos Aires. He was there with Paula and her son Elias. Paula is our cousin (Granma’s niece).

Now is time for Flat to keep traveling, his next stop is Alexandria in Egypt!


We love you!


Tios Susana y Hernán




Alexandria, Egypt, March 20th, 2011

Hello Cami,


Thanks for sending your Flat Stanley to Egypt! We had so much fun with him walking around so many historic places. I’m Carolina, from Misiones, Argentina. I am living here in Alexandria, Egypt with my family.

My two little reporters are Banseeh and Giuliana. They had a great time showing Flat Stanley cool places.

Flat, Banseeh, Giuliana and Carolina at  Citadel of  Qaitbay,  situated at the entrance of the eastern harbour on the eastern point of the Pharos Island. It was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The Royal Library of Alexandria, or Ancient Library of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt, was the largest and most significant great library of the ancient world. It flourished under the patronage of the Ptolemaic dynasty and functioned as a major center of scholarship from its construction in the 3rd century BC until the Roman conquest of Egypt in 30 BC. The library was conceived and opened either during the reign of Ptolemy I Soter (323–283 BC) or during the reign of his son Ptolemy II (283–246 BC).

Now Flat is going to Turkey!  Have a safe trip Flat!!!



Love, Carolina, Banseeh and Giuliana.







Cappadocia, Turkey, april 15, 2011


Hi Camila:

Thanks for send Flat Stanley to my place, my name is Sandra and I live in Turkey, with my husband and two kids, Meli and Mert. We took Flat to visit Cappadoccia, The area is a famous and popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic and cultural features.

The region is located southwest of the major city Kayseri, which has airline and railroad (railway) service to Ankara and Istanbul.

The Cappadocia region is largely underlain by sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams, and ignimbrite deposits erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million years ago.



Now Flat is going to Madrid, Spain! Have a safe trip Flat!


Sandra and Family.




Madrid, Spain , april 20th, 2011


Hola Camila:


I’m glad to have Flat Stanley with me! My name is Meli and I live in Madrid, Spain with my husband. We went with Flat to visit the city and many places such as The Royal Palace and The Royal Theater.  We want to make Flat happy. Also he got dress up for the duty. Hope you enjoy it as we did!



Now…. last ….but not least! Flat is going to Largo, Florida, USA to your Aunt and Uncle’s house.

Hasta Luego!(see you later!) Meli.



Largo, Florida, may 6th, 2011


Hi Cami!
Thanks for sending your friend Flat Stanley!!!
We had a great time; playing, sharing and learning from all the places he has visited.
He had a great time with Bombon, Negrita and Onix!



Cami, we love you VERY MUCH!
Tios Diego & Carolyn.


Flat Stanley in Richmond, Virginia

Here are some pictures I’ve been taking of Flat Stanley in Richmond, Virginia. My son lives in Pensacola, Florida with his mom and sent me this project. There’s a pic with Flat as a passenger in one of our stations live trucks. Flat anchoring the evening news with former MSNBC anchor Bill Fitzgerald and Flat posing with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and me as he signs Flat Stanley /Austin Burkett Day into law:)
Congrats on such a fun project! My son will be talking about it over the many years to come!
All the Best,
Jon Burkett
CBS 6 News
Richmond, VA

Football Coach Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer
Attached is a picture of Flat Stanley with National Champion University of Florida head football coach Urban Meyer.
This was taken in 2007 after the Florida Gators became NCAA national champs at Florida Field (aka “The Swamp) in Gainesville, FL. I took the picture, but the Flat Stanley was visiting me from my 9 year-old cousin Emily in Wisconsin.

Cape San Blas, Florida

Cape San Blas, Florida

My daughter and her classmates in Mrs. Dennis’ first grade class at North Dearborn Elementary School are working on a Flat Stanley project.  Flat Stanley joined our family on our spring break (March, 2008) trip to Cape San Blas, Florida and the surrounding area.
Heather Johnston


Micco, Florida

Dear Erika and Mrs. Rocke’s First Grade Class,

First I want to thank you for allowing me to go on the most wonderful journey to visit Tante Hanna and Opa Reichert in Florida.

I had the best time. The weather was wonderful and as you can see by my outfit I spent a lot of time outdoors. I lounged by the pool with Opa Reichert and went exploring in the back yard. I found this sweet old pelican named Franz—and met his brother Hans.

One day we went to visit Mr. Mel Fisher’s Treasure Museum in Sebastian, Florida. He was the man who found treasure in the ocean from the Spanish galleon Atocha that sunk in the waters off of Sebastian in about 1622. Lots of gold was recovered only there wasn’t any left for me…. I looked!

I also took a walk down to the Indian River to visit Mr. Paul Kroegel who is the man who became the founder of Pelican Island- a natural safe refuge for all pelicans. The pelicans have been coming to this refuge for over 100 years. You can see me with a bronze statue that the people of Sebastian have made to honor him.

After visiting with the pelicans, I took a short ride to Wabasso, Florida to the Environmental Learning Center. This is a really fun place! I got to see all kinds of native Florida plants and birds and even ran into this friendly white Ibis who let me have a picture taken with him while he was looking for food by the water’s edge.

I was getting really hungry now. And there is one thing that I have found in Florida that I just love to eat. Hale Groves is the largest place to find oranges, and grapefruit and free juice! They also have orange marmalade and all kinds of

other things made from citrus. I found out that Hale’s Indian River Groves ships fruit all around the country!

But I think my most favorite time was going to the beach. The water was calm and the sand was really warm on my feet. I saved a sea shell and put it on a string so I could wear it around my neck to remember my trip to Sebastian, Florida to visit with Opa and Oma Reichert.


Flat Stanley and the Pirate

Flat Stanley was captured by the Evil Pirate Capt. Memo on a pirate ship in Florida!!  Luckily the young pirate No Beard was able to come to the aide of Flat Stanley and get him back before he was SOLD!!

Palm Beach

Attached are some photos of Flat Stanley in Palm Beach County, Florida. We went to Juno Beach, Jupiter and Palm Beach Gardens. Hope you can use them.
My granddaughter Vivian Ferris goes to Lionville Elementary School in Exton, Pa.
What a great project–I had a great day with Flat Stanley!!
Lucy Ferris

Mimi and PopPop and the Coins

April 5th, 2004
Dear Miss Little, Taylor and classmates:
Thank you so much for sharing Flat Stanley with us.  These past few days have been an adventure for all of us!  Before I took Flat Stanley to the Post Office today for his trip back to Connecticut, he had a chance to share some of his experience with us.  Although I can’t remember what he told me word for word, I think I have captured the main substance of what he had to say.
After Flat Stanley arrived here last week, he spent the first couple of days recuperating from the trip down to Florida.  It seems that he got caught in an automatic mail processing machine in Hartford that had him going around in circles for a few hours.  By the time they got him on a plane, he was pretty dizzy.  The rest of his trip was uneventful, and of course, Taylor had told us to expect him, so we were happy to see him arrive safely.
Once he was back up to speed, he decided that what he really wanted to do in Florida was to take advantage of all the warm weather and go for a swim.  Since Mimi and PopPop’s house is on a lake, he got up early on Friday morning and went out to the back yard for an invigorating dip.  He was about to dive into the lake when he got the feeling that someone or something was watching him.  He looked back at the house, and didn’t see anyone.  He then looked up in the trees, but all he saw were some birds and a squirrel.  He was about to shrug it off, when he happened to look out at the small island in front of him and there, lying in the sunshine, WAS THE BIGGEST ALLIGATOR HE HAD EVER SEEN IN HIS LIFE! For some reason, he decided he wasn’t that anxious to go for a swim in the lake anymore.  Maybe he would go for a swim in the ocean.
Back in the house, he had a good hearty breakfast of country ham, fried eggs and grits.  Nothing like a bowl of Florida grits to get the day started off in the right direction.   Since Flat Stanley wanted to go for a swim in the ocean, Mimi and PopPop decided they would take him for a ride to the beach.  As they were pulling up to park by the beach, Flat Stanley looked out the window and saw the sign for a beachside restaurant.  It said “The Shark House”.  Yikes, SHARK HOUSE!!!!!!  Right there and then Flat Stanley decided he really didn’t want to have anything to do with swimming on this trip.  Maybe he would look for some other type of adventure.  After all, he was in northeast Florida, and for years this had been a hangout for pirates and buccaneers.
Since Flat Stanley was no longer in the mood for a swim, Mimi and PopPop decided they would take him to visit Washington Oaks State Park, just north of where they lived. Flat Stanley had never seen so many huge trees.  It didn’t take him very long to start climbing up the trunk of the biggest oak tree he could find. As he was climbing the tree, he couldn’t help but think that this tree was over two hundred years old, and could have very well been a shade tree for pirates.  Maybe, just maybe, they might have buried their treasure somewhere around this very spot.
After coming down from the oak tree, Flat Stanley decided he was pretty hot from all that exercise, so he looked around for a nice shaded pond in which he could cool off for a few minutes.  Just down the path, that was exactly what he found.  He knew the pond was way too small for alligators, and since it was fresh water, there couldn’t be any sharks.  He was just about to stick his toe in the water, when he happened to see, looking up at him, the BIGGEST GOLDFISH he could have ever imagined.  Well, that did it.  Flat Stanley decided once and for all that any cooling off he might want to do would be in a swimming pool or a bathtub.  From here on out he was concentrating strictly on looking for pirate treasure.
That night, Flat Stanley had a hard time falling asleep. Visions of buried treasure kept going through his mind.  Finally, he got out of bed and being careful not to wake Mimi or PopPop, he slipped under the bedroom door and went looking for the library.  Earlier in the evening, after a wonderful meal of pork chops, black-eyed peas and cornbread, he had noticed some really old books in the library.  He decided that would be a great place to start looking. He had just pulled the first book off the shelf, when lo and behold, folded neatly between the pages, he found an old yellowed paper.  He could hardly believe his luck, when he opened it and saw it was an old treasure map.  IT SHOWED WHERE ALL THE SHIPWRECKS HAD BEEN AROUND THE PART OF FLORIDA WHERE HE WAS VISITING.  Well, going back to sleep turned out to be pretty impossible.  It seemed like the night was fifty hours long, and daybreak just would never come, but finally it did Flat Stanley knew what he had to do, and just how he was going to do it.  He told Mimi and PopPop he had things to do, and not to expect him back for lunch.  Even though he was going to miss some of his favorite catfish, fried okra and buttermilk for lunch; he had bigger things on his mind.
While climbing the oak tree the day before, he had seen a hollow in the tree where the branches started spreading out.  Something told him, that had he been a pirate, looking to hide some treasure, this would have been a good place to start.  Before long he was back in Washington Oaks State Park and it didn’t take him very long at all to climb back up the tree again.  Even though the hollow in the tree was very narrow, because he was so flat, he was able to find his way down the inside of the trunk to the base of the tree.  Using a flashlight he had borrowed from the house, he looked everywhere, but there was nothing down there but a pile of rocks.  He sat on them for a few minutes while trying to figure out his next move.  He was about to go back up the trunk to get out of the tree when he stopped cold in his tracks.  WHY WOULD THERE BE ROCKS AT THE BOTTOM OF A HOLLOW INSIDE A TREE? Well, there was only one way to find out.  He quickly started moving rocks off the pile, and THERE IT WAS!  What looked for all intents just like the pirates treasure chest he had pictured in his mind.  In less time than it takes to tell about it, he had opened the chest and there it was, just full of coins from far away lands!
Well, he knew he couldn’t take them all out at once, but just to make sure that everyone back home would believe him, he took a coin for every one of the students in Miss Little’s class.
So that pretty much winds up Flat Stanley’s big adventure down here in Florida.  We will miss him, but he told me before he left he was really starting to get homesick for all of his friends in Tolland.  He also told me exactly where I could find the treasure chest, so if any of you come down here to visit, I’ll be glad to take you to that huge old oak tree where Flat Stanley left it.
Have a good time in school, and take good care of our friend Flat Stanley.
Taylor’s Mimi and PopPop
P.S. We sent some hush puppies back with Flat Stanley, but he probably ate them all on the trip back home :~). The next time he comes for a visit, we will explore Saint Augustine, the oldest city in the United States.


Lee Doster created these images and wrote:

one of my nephews in wisconsin had a school project where he had to send “Flat Stanley” to a relative in another part of the world (because.. you know.. wisconsin.. yuck) the idea was for Flat Stanley to travel around the globe getting his picture taken at various locations having a good time.
i just thought id share these cuz i had fun creating them.
me being the nut i am, i had to create little outfits and a girlfriend for him too.

Stanley Arrives

Stanley Hangin with the Homies

Stanley Meets Ginny (on the set of 2 fast 2 furious)

Stanley Starts the Race

About to Get a Tan

Enjoying the Ocean

At a Sidewalk Cafe

At the Park

New Friends

End of a Perfect Day

Gulf Breeze Zoo

Flat Stanley at Gulf Breeze Zoo

I wanted to send you three pictures of Flat Stanley on our vacation to the Gulf Breeze Zoo in Gulf Breeze, Florida. 
We decided to take our daughter to the zoo for her birthday and she wanted to invite some of her best friends. 
Although she had not participated in the Flat Stanley project at her school, 
her father and I wanted to introduce her to Flat Stanley and see what would happen. 
Although she was only 8 years old, she invited Stanley to the ZOO with all of her friends! Here are some pictures from that day.

We are all very proud of our Flat Stanley picture with the CRANE! How fun is that???!!

Sincerely, Karen
Pensacola, Florida

Florida to South America aboard the CSAV Hamburgo

CSAV Hamburgo cargo ship

I thought I’d offer a few pictures as Flat Stanley accompanied me on the CSAV Hamburgo cargo ship.  He spent 42 days on the ship with me as we traveled from Florida down the west coast of South America and back north along the east coast of the US before returning to Florida.  He was especially excited about the transit of the Panama Canal.
Nola Charles

Everything is ship-shape and flat-shape!

FS at the helm of the CSAV Hamburgo

Approaching the Pedro Miguel lock at the Panama Canal

The Canal Pilots make it look easy

Merry Christmas from Concepcion, Chile

Miami Metro Zoo

Miami Metro Zoo

My name is Lindsay Wood and I teach second grade at South Union Elementary in Des Moines, Iowa.  I, like a lot of other teachers, gave my students an assignment to send Flat Stanley around the world!  One of my students sent Flat Stanley to his uncle who works at Miami Metro Zoo.  These pictures are of Flat Stanley visiting the animals.