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Children's LiteratureThomas the Tank and his railway friends are the brightly-colored toys so popular with toddlers. Each car or vehicle has a distinct personality and many youngsters know them all by name. This sturdy, thick, padded-cover book is ideal as a gift book for the young fan of Thomas and his cleverly named friends, each of whom is honored in rhyme. The first poem, appropriately enough, is about Thomas who is a little tank engine and there are three rhymes about Gordon, "big and strong" who is "pulling the express along." Some of the poems are short, some long, but they all capture the distinct personality of the vehicle celebrated whether it is Cranky, Salty, Bertie, Emily, Toby or Harold the Helicopter. There is an underlying sweetness in the stories about Thomas and that is evident in these rhymes as well. The illustrations are classic Thomas the Tank as the book is based upon "The Railway" series by the Reverend W. Awdry. 2005, Random House, Ages 3 to 6.
—Carolyn Mott Ford