Stan and Dale on the Celebrity Millennium

Just returned from a very enjoyable Alaskan cruise. I was amazed at how many people recognized the Flat Stanley my sister was carrying!

The man holding Flat Stanley had previously taken a Flat Stanley into orbit!

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It turns out Karen Baxter’s Garage doesn’t fix all flats.

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Jocka and Maria were entertainers on the Celebrity Millennium and they took the little flat guy up for a closer look at their act.

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Speaking of closer looks, this is going to hurt in the morning!

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Alaskan artist Maida had previously hosted Flat Stanleys.

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This couple recognized Flat Stanley in the dome car near Denali.

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Another couple from Toronto stopped to say hi.

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The most important part of the totem pole is the bottom.

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Sami and Flat Stanley in Icy Point Strait, Alaska

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A Flat Stanley participant

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You should travel on the Celebrity Millennium just to meet this crew member!

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More from the Grannies on Safari in Mongolia

Here is the Mongolian school the Grannies visited and donated the iPod touch as a gift from Flatter World Inc.

The Grannies made friends with a group of 9th graders at the 115 school in Ulan Baatar, Mongolia.  We told them that we were excited to be in their country and that as “Flat Grannies” characters in the Flatter World with Flat Stanley, we hoped they would join us as members of the flatter world.  We gave them an iPod with the Flat Stanley application and invited them to start sharing their adventures in Mongolia.

Mina, a member of the class has communicated with us and we look forward to many more encounters with the class.

 

When traveling through Mongolia it was important for the Grannies to see how the everyday Mongloians – who live outside the city, live.  Their houses – round and made of felt and wood – are called Ger’s.  Because many Mongols are nomads, they still move each season to parts of Mongolia that have better feed for their animals. It takes about two hours for a family to pack their Ger’s with all of their belongings and move them, sometimes by truck and other times by horse and cart!

The Grannies visited a family – the picture is us standing outside their home – and met the mom and her small son.  We ate dried Mare’s milk curds and nuts!

Update by the Grannies on Safari in Mongolia, September 20, 2011

Just a note to say we really enjoyed Mongolia and especially meeting the kids in the ninth grade at school #115 in Ulan Baatar.  We were fortunate to meet the English class of this wonderful school that is teaching Mongols to not only learn English but about their own important history – Genghis Khan!

The class we met with was very sharp and knew where Chicago was!  We told them all about our TV show and many asked what channel we were on in Mongolia..sadly to say we told them not yet!  We told them all about the story of Flat Stanley and that we were proud to be the first celebrity (real) Flat Stanley characters  as part of the Flat Stanley online App family.  We presented to the teacher and the head of the school the iPod Touch and they were really excited.  We took pictures of the class and the English teacher and loved it all.

The next day our guide  told us the students were so excited about our visit that they had “big plans” for their project and response to the Flatterworld!!!!  We look forward to seeing just what they are coming up with and we re very happy to have delivered the iPod and to be a part of the entire Flat Stanley Project!

Regina and Pat, the Grannies on Safari

Flat Grannies on Safari on the Trans Siberian Railway 2011

You may recall when the Grannies on Safari announced their partnership with Flatter World on August 19 in Chicago. It was a fun event with flat costumes. 

 

Flatter World launched the new Flat Stanley app for the iPhone and the Grannies announced their latest trip to Siberia. Things have changed since the middle of August – the Grannies are in Siberia! And they took our Flat Grannies with them.

So who would have thought there are no WIFI-friendly Starbucks along the ancient Trans-Siberian Railway route. The Grannies on Safari are doing their best to keep us updated on their progress as the travel on the Tans-Siberian Railway.

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The statue is Musa Cälil the poet in Kazan.

 

The Grannies are walking in the Kazan Train Station.

 

The Grannies are aboard the train planning their trip.

 

The Flat Grannies are on the border between Europe and Asia in Yekaterinburg. They are on the border marker.

 

Aboard the train talking to the chef. The Flat Grannies are seriously looking at the menu!

Flat Agnes in Indonesia

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Students of Group “Agnes Stanley” in class 11 Science 3 , SMAN 1 Karawang:

  1. Faiz Deja Ramadhan
  2. Anita Dewi Istiqomah
  3. Angga Maulana
  4. Entri Aprilia
  5. Ita Puspitasari
  6. Ghani Wicaksono
  7. Syah Putra Saky Rianto
  8. Yuda Ardiansyah

 

The Guest Star:

  1. Mr. “Kind” from England.
  2. Mr. “Howba” from Netherland.
  3. The Oarsman with cano.

Flat SCUBA diving with Tom Madden

Flat TJ with the airplane pilot David Webb

Flat TJ seated with Grandpa and Grandma

Flat TJ watches the take-off

Flat TJ at a shipwreck on shore

Flat TJ feeds an Iguana


Flat TJ prepares to go SCUBA diving with Grandpa

Flat TJ dives among some Coral

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A Damselfish visits Flat TJ diving at a Coral Head

Flat TJ dives at an Elephant Ear Sponge

Flat TJ dives with some new fish friends

Flat TJ dives at an airplane propeller


FLAT STANLEY LEARNS ABOUT DEMOCRACY in WISCONSIN

My Grand-daughter’s second-grade classroom in Jack, Alabama, is involved in the Flat Stanley Project.  This past week, Flat Stanley joined me at the Wisconsin Capitol to protest Governor Walker’s Budget Repair Bill.  I created a story about Flat Stanley’s experience, not to rally for my beliefs, but to talk about Democracy.   I hope that you enjoy the story and pictures.

FLAT STANLEY LEARNS ABOUT DEMOCRACY

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Indonesia – Gemma Zulhaida’s Flat Karawang

Hello we were at Niagara vehicle in Dufan. This game is located in the USA region of Dufan.  This is one of the thrilling and exciting game. Making our heart beat harder. Dufan or Dunia Fantasi is the outdoor playing place the largest in Indonesia. Here many kind of games are very interesting. If you go to Indonesia , don’t forget to visit Dunia Fantasi. Dunia Fantasi is located in Jakarta. Have fun in Dufan guys.

Flat Stanley Travels by Balloon and on the Wings of an Angel

Mr. Hubert,

First of all I would like to introduce myself. I am Debra Hurley from Maiden Elementary in Maiden, NC .

Our story began on Dec.18, 2010 when my husband came in from a “walk about” on our land and had found a Flat Stanley. He had no idea what it was all about but wanted to share it with me. This F.S. had been attached to a balloon instead of going by mail. Since our 2nd graders had just mailed their letters it was very exciting to see this one. When I turned it over and read the back it said it was released by a second grader named Nathan and that he attended Whitesville Elem. in Whitesville, Kentucky.

I could not believe my eyes or my luck. How could it get here from 490 miles away? We had our own thoughts. It was a week before Christmas and we felt like it was a gift from our son TJ. We lost TJ in an accident on June 13, 1998 at 20 years of age. The holidays are really hard to get through.  We have gotten what we believe to be signs over the years that help us to go on. One is from butterflies and now from a paper boy cut out  called Flat Stanley. I asked my husband why he brought it to me instead of throwing it away. Was it because I was in 2nd grade too or because it had a yellow string? (TJ’s favorite color was yellow) He told me maybe some of that but mostly because we had released balloons once for TJ and had hoped someone would call and say they had found one, but that never happened. Tom said he just wanted this little boy named Nathan to know that his Flat Stanley had been found.

I immediately contacted Tennille Hinton by email. She was Nathan’s teacher at the time they released the Flat Stanley’s on April 22, 2010. She couldn’t believe it either.  We have been in contact ever since and have found so much joy. It helped us through the Christmas and the New Year and even now in 2011 it is touching our lives daily. Nathan had no idea that day that he would touch a family so much  when he let that balloon go.

I put together a scrapbook of pictures and letters from one of my classes and sent it to Nathan along with a t-shirt from our school. (The Maiden Elementary Eagles!) One child at my school asked how it could get over the mountains and we replied, on the wings of a angel.

Nathan is a wonderful little boy and we are thankful that we were the lucky family to take care of his Flat Stanley.

The two schools are going to stay in contact as pen-pals. I hope to stay in touch with Mrs. Hinton and Nathan. This has been an adventure that we will never forget.

Deb Hurley

 

“Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued is just beyond your grasp…

but if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”        Nathaniel Hawthorne

Debra  Hurley, T.A./Bus Driver

Maiden  Elementary  School

“Bogdan Voda” in Radauti, a small town in the north of Romania

Hello! My name is Natalia Cosovanu and I teach English at School no 5 “Bogdan Voda” in Radauti, a small town in the north of Romania. I have recently started the Flat Stanley project with my 5th to 8th graders and I would like to nominate my school for  special recognition as my students are very enthusiastic about the project. They have never turned down any request for a foreign Flat Stanley to visit our town and region. We have had guests from as far as Australia, Canada, U.S.A, Great Britain. Even though they were on the spring or summer break, the students of School no 5 “Bogdan Voda” often came to school and we worked together on writing diaries to send back or took pictures. I should mentioned that they study English as a foreign language and Flat Stanley really helped a lot with practising English. (I have attached some pictures of our Flat Stanley activities.)
This year we intend to continue the project and found a Flat Stanley club. Our school year only started a week ago and we have got around 80 students ready to sign up.
Ms. Natalia Cosovanu
School no 5 “Bogdan Voda” Radauti, Romania

Author Walter Sayers visited our class!

London, Ontario author Walter Sayers visited Mr. Hubert’s class. Walter Sayers is the illustrator/designer and author of the story “My Big Fat Waldoodle”. The story is about William and his pesky doodle that keeps getting him into trouble when he is trying to do his homework.

For those in the London area interested in having Mr. Sayers visit their classroom, he may be contacted at wsayers@sympatico.ca

Walter explains, ”

My goal is to help inspire more kids to be creative through writing and
creative doodling and to visit more class rooms."

Flat Stanley meets a Doodle!

Stanley was impressed, as were all of our students, with Walter’s enthusiasm creativity and the way he allowed students to think outside the box as they created their own doodles.

Flat Stanley in Georgia

Hi, here are some pictures from Flat Stanley’s adventures in Georgia.  Today, Flat Stanley and I went to Stone Mountain GA where we saw the granite carvings of the Civil War Heros (General’s Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Grant, and Jefferson Davis).  After that we went to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame in dawsonville GA.  Dawsonville GA is the home of Bill Elliott (awesome bill from dawsonville).  We saw a great video about the heros of Georgia Racing and I never knew how many famous race car drivers are from Georgia.  Tomorrow we are headed to Florida and more pictures will follow!

Thanks for sending me on this trip to Georgia!

Flr Stanley and Sheri (Parker’s mom)

Flat Stanley from 95q Eastwood School in New York

dalehubert-busking.htmIt’s true the Flat Stanleys from New York have stayed a long time in London, Ontario, but they’ve have a good time.

On May 8, 2010, they had the privilege of meeting Royce Gracie. For those unfamiliar with him, Wikipedia reports:

Royce Gracie is a former professional mixed martial arts fighter, a UFC Hall of Famer and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner. He holds the most submission victories in UFC history with 11, which he earned between UFC 1 and UFC 4. Gracie became a larger than life figure in the mixed martial arts world for his domination in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He became famous for beating opponents much larger than him, and between 1993 and 1994, he was the tournament winner of UFC 1, UFC 2, UFC 4, and fought to a draw with Ken Shamrock in the championship match in the Superfight at UFC 5. [2] Gracie popularized Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and revolutionized mixed martial arts with his results contributing to the movement towards grappling and cross-training in the sport.

Here he is with Flat Jason and Flat Kierra with Royce Gracie!

But the month of March was even more exciting. All of the visitors from PS 95 q went with Mr. Hubert to the Galapagos Islands. Sadly, only Flat Kierra and Flat Jason safely returned. Keep in mind that the Galapagos are very windy islands… Some of the poses resulted in flat visitors being swept into the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps a sailor will one day find them and mail them back.

Here are Flat Jason and Flat Kierra with Mr. Hubert with a giant tortoise on a Galapagos Island.

Here’s something interesting about the giant tortoise. Do you know why it has such a large shell? You might think that it’s for protection, and that’s true. However, the predators on the Galapagos Islands are the Galapagos Hawk and some rodents. Why does it need such a big shell? Here’s the answer: When the tortoises were evolving, there were other predators – including dinosaurs! – so, the Galapagos tortoise is still protecting itself against dinosaurs, even though they are now extinct.

As you may know, Mr. Hubert was once a street singer, before he became a teacher and the creator of the Flat Stanley Project, he sang in the streets of Europe.  Here he is, many years ago.

While in Ecuador, on his way to the Galapagos Islands, he met these entertainers from Argentina. One is holding Flat Jason and Flat Kierra while the other holds a Flat Stanley.

Did you know that the Galapagos Isalnds were created by volcanoes? Everywhere you looked you could the cones of ancient volcanoes. In fact, there are many active volcanoes in the area!

Here they are, with a real wild iguana! Fortunately, iguanas are usually quite slow, especially when they were cold in the morning. But Flat Jason and Flat Kierra were nervous while they were this close to such a scary beast!

While at Wilfrid Jury Public School, Jason wrote:

Dear friend,

This is Flat Jason. He lies to go on trips to Applebee’s and he likes to eat popcorn, cancakes and even ice cream. He likes to play: football, baseball, soccer. I like to play hockey, and Flat Jason likes to watch TV, and visit Santa. Please take care of flat Mikey. Your friend, Jason.

Richard wrote:

Thursday, January 21, 2010,

Dear Jason,

Your flat Jason is having a great time! We have built a snowman and watched TV and played on my Nintendo D.S. We had a great time together!

From, Richard H.

Fatin wrote:

Jason is enjoying his time here. Jason and I went to buy a Nintendo D.S. Jason chose a pink one because I’m a girl and girls like the colour pink. Not so long after, we went to my cousin’s birthday party. We ate chocolate cake, and flat Jason loved it. We also ate chocolate cookies. After a while, we played hide and go seek. The next day, I played with my Nintendo D.S and I wnet shopping to get something to paint. When I got home, I painted, and Jason did too. While we were painting, my mom was cooking hamburgers. A little while later, we read a book about Chester. It was funny (hahaha). Just then, we went to watch my favourite movie. Then, my mom said, “Do you want some ice cream?” So we said, “Okay! Okay!”, but flat Jason couldn’t eat it, so I made him flat ice cream. Jason loved it. A minute later, we went to bed, but before that we brushed our teeth. Then we wne tot bed. Jason said, “I forgot to tell you: I’m having a wonderful time!”

From, Fatin.

P.S. It’s so much fun to play with Jason. Also, have fun!

Gillian wrote:

Marach 2, 2010,

Dear Jason,

Flat Jason and I are having a great time. First we went to my hockey game. It was a tie. After that, we went to McDonald’s. I got small fries with a chicken burger. Flat Jason had flat fries. Then, we went home. I read a book called “Miley Cyruc Miles To Go”. Jason read, “More Tales From the Class at the End of the Hall”. He really liked it. I have to go so have fun reading my letter.

From, Gillian.

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

From the Governor’s Mansion in Arkansas

Special thanks to Stacey hall and First Lady Ginger Beebe from the Governor’s Mansion in Arkansas for their continuing support.

First Lady Ginger Beebe with Secretary Madeleine Albright and Flat Stanley

Flat with his favorite weatherman, TODAY Show’s Al Roker

Flat Stanley and James Carville

Flat and country singer Tracy Byrd at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion

Flat Stanley, First Lady Ginger Beebe, and Mary Matalin

Dale Hubert took Flat Stanley to the Galapagos Islands

In March, 2010, my dad and I went to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. It was a Celebrity Cruise and all the passengers were certainly treated like celebrities! We were surrounded by expert guides and helpful staff. It was a perfect vacation.

In Ecuador Flat Stanley visited the caldera of an ancient volcano. What used to be the inside of the volcano is now fertile farmland.

Dale Hubert, Flat Stanley and My Travel Teddy were on the top of volcano.

Flat Stanley met a local animal.

This marks the equator. One side is in the northern hemisphere and other side is in the southern hemisphere. The country of Ecuador was named after the equator.

Straddling the equator – one Flat Stanley in two hemispheres!

Many years ago, Dale Hubert sang in the streets through Europe, so seeing these street entertainers from Argentina brought back memories! They were full of enthusiasm and positive energy and it was a delight to meet them! There were performing in the street in Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

On board the Xpedition with one of the Galapagos Islands in the background.

Flat Stanley visited an island where frigate birds nest. These birds are called Pirates of the Air because of the way they raid other birds and animals.

Flat Stacie used a broom handle to prevent herself from being blown into the lap of this sea lion. Sea lions were everywhere – on benches, on stairs, on the beach and even sleeping in boats.

Flat Stanley met lots of sea lions, too.

Look at the lava!

This is a younger island, so it’s still mostly lave with very little plant life. But give it time…

When we crossed the equator Flat Stanley met Neptune, King of the Sea.

And this beautiful pirate showed Flat Stanley where he was by placing him on the equaotor on this map of the Galapagos Islands.

Flat Stanley met a Galapagos bee. Since this is the only bee on the island, and it prefers yellow flowers, almost all fo the flowers on the islands are yellow.

Another sea lion!

Lots of land iguanas!

A marine iguana.

Since marine iguanas take in a lot of salt when they eat, they have evolved a special gland that removes the salt from their bodies and they spray salt crystals out of their noses!

This type of cactus is one of the first signs of plant life on a volcanic island. It is able to hold moisture in the spiny hairs.

It’s hard to believe that life could establish itself here, but, over time, plants will grow on this lava.

A few years ago a dead whale was washed ashore and the Sally Lightfoot crabs had a feast.

Flat Stanley had this excellent guide take him to the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos.

Flat Stanley and Dale Hubert met many of the famous land tortoises.

Here’s a good question – why do these turtles need such massive shells? What could possibly hurt them? Well, today only the young turtles are at risk from rats and sea birds, but millions of years ago these tortoises evolved when there were dinosaurs around. This tortoise is still on the lookout for dinosaurs!

Australia – Canada Exchange

This is an exciting opportunity. The grade 3-4 class taught by Mr. Hubert and Ms. Moss in London, Ontario, Canada, are going to be corresponding through this blog with Mrs. Wood’s class in South Australia.

Here in London, Ontario on February 20, 2010, the ground is covered with snow and it’s – 8 degrees Celsius. This is a picture of a fountain at the fork of the Thames River not too far from our school.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA

Hello, Dr./Mr. Hubert, how are you?
My name is Todd Barber, and I’m the lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission to Saturn at JPL in Pasadena, CA. I also worked on the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
A family friend sent me Flat Stanley last month and we had a wonderful time getting our picture taken in thermal infrared (hottest to coldest = white, red, orange, yellow, green, and blue), riding models of both the Sojourner/Mars Pathfinder rover and a Mars Exploration Rover, and checking out Mission Control at JPL.

I thought I would submit these photos to you in case there is interest in displaying them on the Flat Stanley website, particularly since 2009 is the year for Flat Stanley to explore science.
It’s not every day we have a visitor as distinguished as Flat Stanley, either!

Regards and congratulations on this wonderful project.

Todd J. Barber
Cassini Lead Propulsion Engineer
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Flat Jack Stanley

Hello Dale Hubert,

Our family has been enjoying reading the Flat Stanley books to our son, Jack.  Just today at his school he was part of a costume competition.  The kids had to dress up as story book characters.  Jack’s dad made this Flat Stanley costume for Jack to wear out of recycled paper and card board boxes and HE WON!  We were planning to email Jeff Brown and thank him, but then found out that he’s no longer alive.  We actually got teary.  Then we saw your name as a big part of the Flat Stanley project.  So we wanted to thank you and let you know how much we’re enjoying them.
So, THANKS!  Have a great weekend and God bless you!

Eva, for her 6 year old son, Jack

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Monkey Puzzle Tree

This is an amazing plant. I took these pictures in Scotland in August, 2009. Flat Stanley was in a monkey puzzle tree. The leaves are incredibly hard – almost as if they’d been made out of ceramic or even steel. They are sharp, too – like the blades of knives.DSC_8170-smallHere’s the most interesting part. Why are the leaves on the monkey puzzle tree so incredibly tough? It wasn’t to stop monkeys from climbing them. This type of tree is so old that it evolved tough leaves to protect itself from dinosaurs. That’s right, this type of tree existed in the time of the dinosaurs. Not this particular one, of course. Some trees can live as long as 1000 years. That’s a long time, but the original monkey puzzle tree evolved in the Late Cretaceous period, about 140 million years ago. So even though the dinosaurs that this tree protected itself against didn’t survive, the monkey puzzle tree is still tough enough to prevent being eaten by one.

The monkey puzzle tree is native to Chile and was introduced to England and Scotland in the 1800’s where they can still be found, usually in the gardens surrounding castles and large estates.

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