- Age Range: 2 - 5 years
- Grade Level: Preschool - Kindergarten
- Series: Glitter Board Book
- Board book: 12 pages
- Publisher: Golden Books; Nov Brdbk edition (January 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307981584
- ISBN-13: 978-0307981585
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thomas Saves Easter! (Thomas & Friends) (Glitter Board Book) Board book – January 8, 2013
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While I can't comment on the values by which Jennifer judges glitter, or her heretofore experiences with glitter-based books, I think her critisism fails to take into account the impact of the strong thematic elements Thomas Saves Easter! when judging its value.
The story is set on Sodor, the fictitious island on which Thomas and his friends work in the railway. Set at the dockyards, the shipment of Easter Eggs for the island has been delayed and it appears that there isn't enough time to deliver them. Things seem hopeless until Thomas suggests that with some hard work, the team might band together to get the eggs delivered in time and thereby save Easter. Verily, they do.
Thematically, the book is strong. It emphasises that through good leadership and teamwork even an apparently hopeless situation can be solved.
Thomas displays extraordinary leadership throughout the book. Once Thomas understands that the residents of Sodor will go without an Easter Egg hunt unless action is taken, he immediately proposes a solution.
While this seem like obvious action to take, it is out of character for Thomas. Thomas is a notoriously cheeky engine. He usually spends his time playing pranks on other engines, mocking engines who are having a tough time and generally just being a nuisance. It is Thomas's good conscience and loyalty to his railroad and peers which offsets his otherwise abhorrent workplace behaviour.
Thomas takes this action in the face of an apathetic and helpless response from the other members of the railroad. Everyone just throws their hands up in the air and says that Easter will certainly be ruined for the people of Sodor. Even the Fat Controller who routinely makes the tough calls in situations like this is conspicuously silent.
But it is Thomas's reaction in the face of the adulation he receives when he saves Easter that is most telling. Rather than bask in the glory, Thomas praises his colleagues James, Percy, Cranky and Harold saying that it is them who deserve the credit. A fantastic display of leadership!
In eight short pages, Thomas demonstrates calmness under pressure, decisiveness, good judgement, delegation through stewardship, and passing on the credit to his team. This embodies many of the tenants of good leadership and makes Thomas Saves Easter! well worth the read. It also has pretty glitter which adequately met my expectations.
Part of that is the story. The dilemma in this book is that they need eggs to hide and they're at the docks. Easter will be ruined unless the trains deliver the eggs. And so the trains deliver them and the day is saved. Perhaps I'm asking for too much from a children's book, but this plot is beyond lazy. It's on par with "Christmas will be ruined if Santa just doesn't bother to deliver the presents. Oh, wait, he did deliver them. Christmas is saved!"
These feelings toward the story are complimented by the glitter. The glitter is distributed across the page as if after making the first pass at covering the pages, some manager came in and said there had to be more glitter. And then after that they came back and demanded even more glitter. And so on, until there are glitter blobs on the page for seemingly no reason what-so-ever.
Overall the book feels like a very poor effort, and is not something I would look forward to reading on a regular basis. Fortunately, the kid's reaction to it wasn't too hot either. When it was a new book, he asked for it a couple times, but it's lived a dusty life on the shelf ever since then.
There are much better Thomas the Tank Engine books out there, so don't bother with this one unless you or your kid are really, really into glitter.
Artwork: 0 stars
Writing: 0 stars
Easter relevance: 0 stars
Let's just say that one star is a generous review for this book. Although admittedly my toddler enjoys looking at the book, I prefer to hide it, because I can't stand it--and I'm not all that picky. The quality of the writing and language is atrocious, as if it were some mediocre high school slacker's english essay written one hour before the class' deadline. The plot makes little sense, isn't amusing, and has no lesson, no joy, nothing to discuss. It's an empty tale of glittery nothingness.