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Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection (Railway Series) Hardcover – September 2, 1997
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Prior to buying this, we have purchased many Thomas books for our son, most of which wear out or get destroyed very quickly as small paperback books do. This book is the perfect solution, it has ALL of the Thomas stories in it, it has a good strong cover, and it will last for a while.
My 3 year old son loves this book, it is one of his favorite bedtime books. The stories are a good length to read 1 or 2 of them at bedtime.
It actually is not true that all Thomas stories are in this book. All the original stories by the original author are, but more stories have been made up by less skilled story writers, in my opinion. The BEST Thomas stories are the ones in this book.
The shorter story books have been Americanized, and I think that makes them lose some of their appeal. For instance, the Fat Controller in this book has been renamed in the shorter books and videos to his proper name, "Sir Topham Hatt." Political correctness meets Thomas the Tank Engine. In my opinion, they were better unchanged, and that is what you have in this book.
If you have a toddler, I highly recommend this book. One word of warning, though. Then come the Thomas train sets, and the videos . . . you will never be through with Thomas once you start!
While there are rude engines, naughty engines, and ample portions of just deserts as noted by another reviewer; I find the stories to be well balanced and if the young listener isn't careful some life lessons may be learned--really useful engines are happy engines. One aspect of these stories that broadens their appeal is "Each story is based on some odd incident which has happened to some engine, somewhere, some time." (quoting the author in the foreword) Many times I found myself laughing, or shaking my head and nodding in agreement with the outcome of the story. There were several stories whose full meaning was lost on my 3-year old, but never-the-less hit a tender spot with daddy. The most requested stories are those that involve Thomas and his familiar cast of friends. In October 2005 Random house published a selection of these Thomas stories that might suit an audience not interested in small steam engines or narrow gage railroads (the additional stories in the collection). For those that have an interest in trains beyond simple children's stories this book will be a pleasure to share with your young railroad enthusiast.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is wonderful for any Thomas fan out there. Sweet, mellow stories with good values and realistic train details. My son loves to read them over and over.Published 1 month ago by Kristen A. Edinger
Great book. It gets a little heavy to hold after the third story but maybe I just need to go to the gym :) My son loves it. Great pictures and great stories.Published 2 months ago by Joseph
My kid loves Thomas, so I thought I would get the original stories. This book is over 400 pages of Thomas stories with the original artwork, not the modern re-writes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Polarbear
Fabulous book with tons of stories. My Husband and 3 year old son read one together every night before bed. Perfect for a Thomas the train lover.Published 4 months ago by Eli
Best book I ever bought for our kids. Doesn't dumb down with vocabulary or grammatical structure. Talks to them like they want to be talked to. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Crazy Deer
Thought my train loving child would love it but it is so boring and written odd. Just a weird book, Not for kids.Published 9 months ago by Jason K
here we are in 2015 and my son is madly in love with Thomas. he walked into the book store and picked this book out. my son is two.Published 12 months ago by casandra
Children love these Thomas the Tank Engine tales - all in a nicely bound book.Published 12 months ago by Janice Taylor