Item description for Thomas's Christmas Delivery (Thomas & Friends) (A Sparkle Storybook) by W. Awdry & Tommy Stubbs...
Overview On Christmas Eve, Thomas the train engine has several important deliveries to make before he can return to his shed and make sure he has his stocking hung before Father Christmas arrives.
Publishers Description It is Christmas eve, and Thomas wishes he was safe and warm in his shed with the other engines. But Thomas is a Really Useful Engine and has several important deliveries to make. Will he get home in time to make sure his stocking has been carefully hung? And when a big blizzard blows up, Thomas fears that Father Christmas may not find the engine shed at all. The Reverend W Awdry first started telling his young son tales of Thomas, Percy and the other Really Useful Engines in 1944. In 1945, he started writing the tales down, and upon their publication they were immediately embraced by train lovers in Great Britain and worldwide. Before his death in 1997, the Reverend wrote 26 volumes of stories that continue to thrill generations of young readers.
In 1944, a country vicar, the Reverend W Awdry, wrote the stories he had been telling his two young sons about a group of engines with very recognizable personalities. In 1945, the first book featuring Thomas and the other Really Useful Engines was published, and in the 60 years since, the tales of these friendly engines have become beloved classics around the world.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Citations And Professional Reviews Thomas's Christmas Delivery (Thomas & Friends) (A Sparkle Storybook) by W. Awdry & Tommy Stubbs has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2005 page 18
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Studio: Random House Books for Young Readers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.3" Width: 8.16" Height: 0.27" Weight: 0.64 lbs.
Release Date Sep 14, 2004
Publisher Random House Books for Young Readers
Series Thomas & Friends
ISBN 037582877X ISBN13 9780375828775
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More About W. Awdry & Tommy Stubbs
The Reverend W Awdry crafted a small wooden Thomas engine for his son, Christopher in the early 1940s. His made-up stories were first published in Great Britian in 1945. The Reverend continued to create new adventures and characters until 1972 when he retired from writing.
W. Awdry has published or released items in the following series...
Bright & Early Board Books
Bright and Early Board Book
Glitter Board Book
I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books (Hardcover)
Reviews - What do customers think about Thomas's Christmas Delivery (Thomas & Friends) (A Sparkle Storybook)?
Love this book!!! Jan 10, 2007
As a mom, I love reading this book to my son(3). It doesn't scare him like some do. Its just a really nice story and the fact that its all about giving during Christmas is an added bonus. Thomas does good deeds in this one to help children and my son loves it. Most of the time he's sleeping before I get to the end of the book lol
The Best Thomas the Tank Engine Book I've Seen Nov 8, 2006
"Puff, puff. Peep, peep. Snowflakes were just starting to fall as Thomas climbed the steep hill. It was Christmas Eve and Thomas wanted to be back in his shed with his friends. The engines' stockings were going to be hung soon and Thomas didn't want to miss that. But Thomas was a Really Useful Engine and he had three very important deliveries to make...and they could not wait." -- From the book
My son is an ardent fan of Thomas the Tank Engine, so we have quite a few of the Thomas books. Most reinforce the same rudeness, pettiness, and competitiveness of the TV series.
However, Thomas' Christmas Delivery offers quite a different tale. One snowy day, the night before Christmas, Thomas must make three important scheduled deliveries--food for the Community Hall for the big celebration, parcels to the school for the children that were unable to go home for the holidays, and presents for the residents of the Children's Hospital in Vicarstown.
It just so happens that Sir Topham Hatt comes out of the hospital, telling Thomas he has a very important job for him: delivering a toy train to a little boy with a broken leg.
Thomas is worried that Father Christmas will forget him, especially since Thomas' stocking wasn't hung before he left.
Thomas perseveres in the dark, snowy night, delivering the toy to the ecstatic--and grateful--injured boy and his Mom. Ever so slowly, Thomas makes his way home--exhausted.
Happily, his stocking is filled the next morning with the very thing he wanted most--coal!
The lavish illustrations by Tommy Stubbs are stunning. The people--carolers, Mrs. Kyndley, the trains--look so life-like. Snow-laden trees, billowing steam, colorful presents, cheery lighted windows--the images are almost photo-realistic at times. I've not seen a finer illustrated Thomas book thus far.
The story is engaging and heartwarming, and it's great to (finally!) see a Thomas story that's not centered around rudeness or harassment. Only one other train makes an appearance in Thomas' Christmas Delivery--Percy--and he peeps "Good morning, Thomas! Merry Christmas!" as the two discover their filled stockings.
This is a lovely Christmas book for fans of Thomas the Tank Engine series. The sparkling holographic silver snowflakes on this hardcover book adds a nice touch, as well.
A joy to read--especially with the gorgeous illustrations--Thomas' Christmas Delivery is a wonderful addition to any child's library.
Beautiful! Jan 22, 2005
This book has replaced "Thomas and the Shooting Star" (also illustrated by Tommy Stubbs) as the most beautifully illustrated Thomas book. The illustrations are so lifelike and have such depth to them they make "...Shooting Star" look blurry in comparison.
The story is very nice as well. A great, feel-good christmas tale of how Thomas brings deliveries on christmas eve.
I've been reading this one to my 3 year old almost daily since we we got the book, and so far neither of us has grown tired of it.