My son and I have never read any Flat Stanley books together, but I have seen the books, love the concept and have just been waiting until he is old enough to enjoy them (anyone who has read them: should we try them at two years old or keep waiting?). I know many of our readers enjoy the Flat Stanley series, though. Christy at Superheroes and Princesses had an especially entertaining series of posts about their Flat Stanley project awhile back.
So, I'm passing along information about a really fun sweepstakes that HarperCollins is running in partnership with Adventures by Disney. (Christy, I hope you guys enter!)
Here is the site for the Search for Flat Stanley's Next Big Adventure contest (wait for it to load, then click on contest). The basic idea is that kids choose a continent for Flat Stanley to visit, download and print a Flat Stanley pack from the website, color it all in, do some pasting, and write a story of no more than 150 words about Flat Stanley's adventures on that continent. Sounds fun, doesn't it?
Three Grand Prize winners (one per age group) get to choose from a list of Adventures by Disney 2010 season Vacations. They can bring up to three guests, so hopefully they'll choose to take their parents along. Not sold yet? Look at these choices from among the 19 different vacations:
• Central Italy “Bella Italia” Vacation to Sorrento and Florence for 8 Days/7 Nights (ARV $16,616 - $21,406).
• Australia “Discovery Down Under” Vacation to Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock (Uluru) and Sydney for 10 Day/9 Nights (ARV $21,176 - $27,256).
• Ireland “The Emerald Isle” Vacation to Dublin, Killarney and Shannon for 8 Days/7 Nights (ARV $15,546 - $20,006).
• Ecuador “Treasures of the Galapagos” Vacation to Quito, Otavalo Valley, and the Galapagos Islands for 10 Day/9 Nights (ARV $21,386 - $28,736).
• Alaska “Taming the Last Frontier” Vacation to Fairbanks, Denali National Park & Reserve, Kenai Peninsula for 8 Days/7 Nights (ARV $16,466 - $20,266).
Official rules are here: http://flatstanleybooks.com/adventuresbydisney/rules.html
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