The World is Flat, Stanley: Globalization, Ethnocentricity, and Absurdity."

Anderson, Anne W.
Rebecca L. Powell
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When his young sons asked one evening what would happen if the bulletin board on their wall fell on them during the night, New Yorker editorial staff writer Jeff Brown replied that they would not wake up because it would fall very slowly. However, he added, when they did wake up, they would probably be flat. From that absurd notion, Brown created other bedtime stories for his sons about a flat child sliding under doors, being flown like a kite, and being mailed to faraway places. In 1964, Brown published the adventures as Flat Stanley. In the 1990s, Flat Stanley became an internationally recognized character when Canadian and American schoolchildren began mailing cutout Stanley-figures to friends and family, asking them to document his journey. More recently, a digitized Stanley travels via email and cell phone. One new series of books sends Stanley on global adventures while another series of I Can …
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Anderson, Anne W., and Rebecca L. Powell. "The World is Flat, Stanley: Globalization, Ethnocentricity, and Absurdity." In The Early Reader in Children's Literature and Culture: Theorizing Books for Beginning Readers (Children's Literature and Culture). Jennifer M. Miskec and Annette Wannamaker, (eds.). New York: Routledge, 2016. 173-184.