31 March 2006

Flat Stanley Tours Oregon

Stanley in Oregon
Originally uploaded by Katherine H.
For the past month, Flat Stanley has been touring Oregon before returning home to Linden Park Elementary School in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

He’s had many adventures that have taken him near and far. First, he traveled south, almost to the border with California. Here he stopped for a picnic near the Upper Klamath Lake. The lake is almost 30 miles long and 8 miles wide. It’s a popular place to go boating. It sure was windy that day!

Shortly after that, Stanley discovered a covered bridge in Westfir. It might seem silly now to put a roof on a bridge, but it protected the wooden beams from all the Oregon rain! This one even had a special walkway so Stanley didn’t have to worry about the traffic.

In between trips, Stanley has been hanging out in Salem with Aunt Kait. Salem is the capital city of Oregon. Oregon became a state in 1859. Over 142,000 people live here. He wanted to stay longer, but Stanley will have new places to discover soon!

*This entry is for my 8 year-old niece, Olivia. If you’re not familiar with children’s literature, Flat Stanley is a book written by Jeff Brown in 1964. He’s a perfectly normal boy, until one morning when he wakes up flat. He discovers that his new compressed state allows him freedoms he never had before, such as touring the country by mail!

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