My granddaughter from Mississippi sent me a letter about a language arts project she has in school about Flat Stanley. She sent a drawing of the character to me and asked for information about our community and to give a description of Flat Stanley’s adventures in Denton. Here is my response:
I love my city and I’m happy to share information with your class at school. The city of Denton was founded in 1866 and is the county seat of Denton County, Texas. We currently have a population of over 115,000 people. We are located at the northern point of what is called “The Golden Triangle” with the city of Dallas at the south-east point and the city of Fort Worth at the south-west point. We have two universities in town. The University of North Texas was established in 1890 and Texas Woman’s University followed in 1901. We hold the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo each Fall and The Arts & Jazz Festival in the Spring. We have two nicknames; Little D and Redbud capital of Texas.
I’ll let Flat Stanley tell you of our adventures together in his letter enclosed.
Sending you all my love,
I arrived at grandma’s house. She had heard of my story in the library, but had never seen a flat boy. She rushed me to Denton Regional Medical Center. We arrived at the emergency room. The doctors performed a CT of my entire body. “Yes,” they said, “he is flat.” “Maybe he will grow out of it.” Grandma took it in stride and said “I know a way to fatten him up.”
Grandma took me to her favorite bakery in Denton. The bakery has the most delicious foods. There were cookies, brownies, pies, pastries, muffins, croissants, and bread galore. Grandma bought enough to last all week. I’m still flat.
Grandma took me to visit the Denton County Courthouse to see if there was any record of a flat boy in the county before. No such record.
We then went to the Denton Public Library to read all my books and to do research on new technologies that might help restore me to my original boyhood. Grandma took me to the maker space, The Forge, at the North Branch Library. She thought maybe the 3D printer might work. This 3D printer only makes plastic. Maybe someday in the future we can make me a 3D boy again. Grandma is posting my story on the library blog. Now the citizens of Denton can help.
I have enclosed some pictures of grandma’s and my adventure this week. I hope to see you again soon.
Best Regards, Flat Stanley
What do you like best about our community? How would you try to fix Flat Stanley? Or would you accept him as he is? Where would you send Flat Stanley next? Come read books about Flat Stanley with your children and go on an adventure.
May Beth Everett
Library Assistant II – North Branch Library