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Thomas the Tank Engine Story Collection Hardcover – October 25, 2005
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My only complaint is that language has been changed, mainly to appeal to an American audience, though I'm not sure that's really necessary. It's true, Sir Topham Hatt is no longer the Fat Controller of yore, but also the word "trucks" has been replaced by "freight cars" or "cars" almost without exception. I've had to explain to my son that we Brits call them "trucks", and when I read the stories aloud, he will see the words "freight cars" on the page but I will say "trucks" (not an easy feat).
Nevertheless it's a fine collection, comprised of #1 through #13 & #15 out of the 26 original Railway Series books -- and I would highly recommend it for both young Thomas enthusiasts and their parents!
My 2 1/2 year old "reads" this book. There are quite a few new stories adapted from this version. This is the British version in art and language. There are a lot of words that might be too complex for younger kids, but this will help develop an excellent vocabulary. The art is also vintage style and very lovely. I used a projector to paint some of the images on my son's wall. The only drawback is the book is extremely heavy and the jacket comes off easily. I ended up color-copying some of the more favorite books in it to laminate. I use those stories for bath time sometimes.
All in all it was a wise purchase and much cheaper than buying it at the local bookstore. I would buy it 100 times over.
However, upon receiving the book we were very disappointed by two things and will be returning this book and buying a copy of the out-of-print collection (Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection).
1) This collection only has 14 of Rev. Awdrey's books. The OOP one has all 26.
2) More importantly, this book butchers many (most?) of the illustrations. Many illustrations are cropped to a zoomed-in circle focusing on the engine's face. Other illustrations have their borders cropped. In yet other cases, an engine is photoshopped out of the illustration and is just shown against the plain page instead of the original background. As we view the Thomas illustrations to be on a par of importance with the stories, this is a dealbreaker for us.
We bought this book to replace ours when it wore out from being read so often, but we will have to return it, since it is not the book it claims to be. The Fat Director/Fat Controller has been replaced by 'Sir Toppam Hat' and the trucks are now freight cars.
If you are looking for 'Thomas & Friends' stories, then this will probably be fine for you, but if you wanted to read to your children the stories that Rev. Awdrey wrote, be aware that these are not it. You can find them here:Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection (Railway Series)