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Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #12: Escape to California

By Jeff Brown, Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

Flat Stanley is back to save the day in the twelfth exciting Worldwide Adventures chapter book, just in time to celebrate his fiftieth anniversary! This time, we follow Flat Stanley as he explores San Francisco, California. The Lambchops are on a family vacation to San Francisco. But when Stanley saves a girl from barreling down one of San Francisco's steep hills in her wheelchair, he's shocked to find that she's actually been looking for him. The girl, Lily, is trying to perform an amazing trick that no one has done before—escaping from Alcatraz prison—and she needs Stanley's help! Can the famous flat boy help in this sticky situation?

Not only will kids love going on a fun adventure with Stanley, this installment of the Worldwide Adventures series has fun, fascinating facts about San Francisco in the back of the book, and is perfect for Common Core State Standards, like multicultural adventure, plot and character development story elements, and compare and contrast.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

  • Grade level: 3
  • Interest Level: 1-5
  • Guided Reading Level: N


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story. Describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events. Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters.

Describe the characters in the story. What are the traits, motivations and feelings of the characters? How do their actions contribute to the sequence of events? Use examples from the story. RL.3.1,3

Why is it important to understand the theme(s) of a story? What is the theme(s) of Flat Stanley?s Worldwide Adventures #12: Escape to California? How is the theme of the story reflected through the characters? behaviors and elements of plot? Compare and contrast the theme in this book with the theme in another Flat Stanley adventure. RL.3.1,3,9

How does Macky Pamintuan use pictures to develop the characters, setting, and events in the story? Describe how specific illustrations create mood or emphasize aspects of a character or the setting. RL.3.1,3,7


Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #12: Escape to California Activities

These printable activities for Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #12: Escape to California are aligned with the Common Core standards for grade 3 and include such topics as research, writing, multimedia collage, story pyramids, journalism, and sequence of events. [PDF]

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780062189905
  • ISBN 10: 0062189905
  • ISBN 13: 9780062189905
  • Pages: 128
  • Trim Size: 5.13 x 7.63 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Readers / Chapter Books
  • Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / General

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