Do you have a Thomas the Train enthusiast in your house? Both of my boys were big fans and we read many of the little books, watched the films and owned lots of the toy train cars. Several of my grandsons love Thomas, James and Percy just as much 20 years later.
The original stories were written by Wilbert Awdry, a Reverend in the Anglican faith. Reverend Awdry grew up near trains in England and loved them all his life. When his young son Christopher was ill with the measles, Rev. Awdry entertained him with train stories, and Thomas and his many friends were born!
Thomas the Tank Engine contains all of the original 26 stories written by Rev. Awdry. They include chapters called Thomas the Tank Engine, James the Red Engine, The Little Old Engine and Enterprising Engines. I love finding out which of the stories and characters we are familiar with were original to a series. I think your children will enjoy that too! Terrific old-time illustrations too!
Early Grade Reading Level, 508 pages, Published in 1946.