Delve into the Mysteries of Flying Trunk
Flying Trunk is restocking and new Stories are flying in!
Please bear with us through necessary website changes while we transfer to a British system.
We will now offer two levels of Story Experience:
Letter Post gives your child a sequence of letters in envelopes accompanied by postable objects and clues. The letters are printed in handwriting font on beautiful paper and personalised to your child with all the care we are known for. Your child will believe that a magical creature is writing to them, and treasure the artefacts that bring the Story to life.
Parcel Post takes the enchantment to a new level with magical purple boxes arriving with each episode. Letters are printed in handwriting font on aged or other story-appropriate paper, and rolled into a scroll with ribbons or a wax seal. Each letter is accompanied by an extraordinary Story-related artefact nestled in tissue paper or concealed in a fabric pouch, gifts from the magical creature who writes the letters.
Want to order a Story but unsure how to do it while the website is in flux? Contact the Postmistress at firstname.lastname@example.org for prices, to order, or with questions.
Flying Trunk Story Experiences are extraordinary, magical, joyful gifts for kids from 4–16+. They are screen-free, interactive, individually curated, and personalized to each child.
Flying Trunk Experiences are original, interactive stories told through a series of personalised letters and artefacts from a fictional character. Every Experience is re-crafted uniquely for each child. A sequence of parcels arrives by mail—a tale of magic and adventure unfolds.
The fictional Correspondent of the Experience writes personally to your child. Your child opens a letter from this mysterious friend and is invited to help them in their adventures. You are invited to share information about your child’s hobbies, interests etc. to support genuine personalisation, giving your child special ownership of the story. The writing is high-quality fiction. Letters are chapter-length, and arrive weekly.
How would it feel to make personal friends with a Rabbit or a Fairy? Joanna Hastings (the Postmistress) is the actual author of all these Stories, but it seems as though a magical creature or an adventurous explorer writes to your child. Correspondents for some stories can be customized: you may select the gender, or choose a name or age that will appeal to your child. Some children enjoy writing back to their Correspondents—we invite them to do so. Correspondents love getting mail, and always respond in their next letter.
Flying Trunk artefacts add another layer of magic. They are evidence or clues—they make the story real. Each episode includes one or more artefacts — the Genie sends his abandoned Lamp, a witch sends a broken doll, there may be a gift of treasure from a dragon. Many artefacts are fascinating “found” or vintage objects with an air of authentic history. Some are natural objects: shells, feathers, dried flowers. Some are handcrafted specifically for the story. All are curated individually for each child, adding to the uniquely personal Experience.
Flying Trunk Experiences spark extraordinary delight in children, but that’s not all. Thought-provoking underlying themes such as Cooperation or Justice encourage your child to think, empathize, and learn. Children are inspired to write their own stories, or to explore the geography, science, or other interests embedded in the tale. Experiences are screen-free, and the arrival of each package offers delightful opportunities for family sharing. What special joy did you and your child get from your Experience? We’d love to hear.
“ Each box is greeted with more enthusiasm! Couldn't wait through dinner. ”
“ It made me feel SO special. ”
“ My son is enjoying this birthday gift so much! It is his private tale that he treasures and looks forward to -- couldn't recommend it more highly! ”
“ My five-year old granddaughter loved her letters from Bobby Bunny. She treasures each item sent with them and keeps them safe and sound in the lovely box they first came in—a great child’s gift! ”
“ I fellt so happy when I got the leter. My favrot gift was the sheep. I loved the story because it was exciting and misterious. ”
“ My daughter read it this morning to great delight tinged with sadness that it was the final story. She just loved the gifts. ”
“ I can’t imagine a better gift for a child. ”
“ It made me feel like I was in a book or a movie. ”
“ My daughter loved it! She started sneaking them to read on her own. ”
“ She loved it! Her mother and her both participated and had a ball. She opened up the last package with me and she was so excited. She absolutely loved it. I have to say it was quite the experience for her. I am so thankful. ”
“ My nephew was completely entranced. He bought into the magic of a beautifully-told story. I am sure this is an experience that will stay with him for the rest of his life. ”
“ When are more stories coming? ”
“ My children enjoyed the anticipation of the packages and talked about Roberta to everyone they encountered. They felt special to be involved and were very concerned and then thrilled for Roberta. They loved the treasures! ”
“ We were enchanted by the many layers of the story. Flying Trunk Stories are more than just stories; they are windows to the world. ”
My daughter has been loving her story! It has been a magical experience. As a parent, what I appreciated most was the story isn’t just magical and fun—it has layers, and it made her think and question. Thank you, Flying Trunk!
“ My son loved it! After his second one he kind of pulled me aside and asked quietly, "do you really think a genie is sending me these letters?" I love that my big 10 year old wanted to believe. Thank you for providing him with some magic! ”
“ The personal attention is extraordinary! Thank you for this beautiful, creative program. ”
“ I have gifted three stories now, and I absolutely adore this concept and the joy that your gorgeous works have produced in the kids who have been enveloped in the stories you have created for them! ”
“ Onex, your a graeet story telar! I like you becas your a cat. You ar cute. ”
“ Bless you for bringing so much joy to so many. Your creativity is amazing. ❤️ ”
Enter a World of
The Postmistress at Flying Trunk
Joanna Hastings is both Author and Educator. It is said she was born with a pen in her hand, and also an uncanny ability to look into the souls of children and reach them on a personal level. For her, teaching and writing are not occupations or even lifelong passions; they are the essence of who she is. The Trunk is built from raw materials sustainably grown over a lifetime of practicing these arts, and the Stories that inhabit it are her brain-children. She oversees the Mailings from each Correspondent to your child which create your unique Experience. Contact Joanna at email@example.com.
Questions & Answers
Is it possible to make an international order?
Yes. We will soon have automatic options for you, but at present please contact the Postmistress through the form below, and we will arrange your order.
How can I order a Flying Trunk Experience for my classroom?
Please contact the Postmistress through the contact form on the Teachers' Page. We will be in touch.
Are all the artifacts pre-owned?
At Flying Trunk we pride ourselves on providing authentic evidence for our Correspondents’ adventures. This means that by far the majority of our artifacts is old, used, possibly battered, having been through the rigors of a fully lived life. This is part of what makes every Experience unique. There are exceptions: soft toys, when used, are typically a gift from the Correspondent rather than evidence of an event, and as such are newly crafted. Shells, feathers, and other such items have typically been used only by their original owner (and have been cleaned and sterilized).
Still Have Questions?
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