Flat Stanley

By Jeff Brown

From the back cover

Life in the Flat Lane
When Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning, his brother, Arthur, is yelling.
A bulletin board fell on Stanley during the nigh, and now he is only have an inch thick!
Amazing things begin happening to him. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to help catch two dangerous art thieves. He may be flat, but he’s a hero!

My thoughts…

What a better way to teach children to accept their appearances and turn negatives into positives than reading the story of Flat Stanley? After he wakes to find himself completely flattened out, Stanley finds ways to make good use of his new shape and helps those around him. This book is great in teaching children to be comfortable with whoever and however they are.

In a gist…

Extramarital Love/Relationship

None

Violence

A large bulletin board falls on Stanley causing him to flatten out.

Profanity

None

Smoking/Intoxicants

None

Degradation of Family/Islamic Values

– The bulletin board that falls on Stanley is said to have been a Christmas present from their parents.
– Stanley dresses as a girl for disguise to imitate an old painting but he states that he does not like it.
– The book contains a picture of a painting with half man half horse and babies flying around with wings (depicting angels), Stanley refers to them ad “fat babies” though.
– The family toasts with hot chocolate for the little brother for returning Stanley to his original shape.

Final Verdict

This book contains minor non-Islamic concepts but overall sends an important message to children to accept how they are and to transform their weaknesses into strengths.

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