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Thomas the Tank Engine: The Classic Library - The Railway Series by The Rev. W. Awdry 26 Books Collection - Ages 5+ - Hardback

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SKU B2D0006 ISBN: 9780008500160
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The Thomas the Tank Engine: The Classic Library - The Railway Series by The Rev. W. Awdry is a must-have collection for any young reader or fan of the beloved Thomas the Tank Engine franchise. This comprehensive box set features 26 hardcover books, each with stunning illustrations and captivating stories that will delight and inspire children for generations to come.

The Railway Series was originally created by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry in the 1940s, and it quickly became a classic among children's literature. The series follows the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, as they work together to transport goods and passengers across the Island of Sodor. Along the way, they encounter all sorts of challenges and obstacles, which they overcome through teamwork, courage, and determination.

The stories in The Railway Series are timeless classics that have been enjoyed by generations of children. Each book is beautifully illustrated and features engaging characters and exciting adventures that capture the imaginations of young readers. The series also teaches important life lessons, such as the value of hard work, friendship, and cooperation.

The Thomas the Tank Engine: The Classic Library box set is a beautiful and durable collection that is designed to last for many years. The books are printed on high-quality paper and feature sturdy hardcover bindings that are built to withstand repeated readings and handling by young children. The set comes in a beautifully illustrated slipcase that keeps the books organized and protected, making it a perfect gift for any young reader or Thomas the Tank Engine fan.

One of the standout features of The Railway Series is the rich and detailed world-building that Awdry created. Each book is set in a different part of the Island of Sodor, and readers are introduced to a diverse cast of characters, including steam engines, diesel engines, and even helicopters. The stories are filled with fascinating details about the workings of the railway system and the various industries that rely on it, such as coal mining and fishing.

Despite the complex world-building, the stories in The Railway Series are easy to follow and understand, making them ideal for young readers. The language is simple and straightforward, with just enough descriptive detail to spark the imagination without overwhelming young readers with too much information. The stories are also filled with humour and wit, making them fun and entertaining for both children and adults.

The characters in The Railway Series are another major draw for young readers. Thomas the Tank Engine, the main character, is a plucky little engine with a big heart and a lot of determination. He is joined by a cast of lovable and memorable characters, including Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, and Toby, among others. Each character has their own unique personality and quirks, making them relatable and endearing to young readers.

The stories in The Railway Series cover a wide range of themes and topics, from adventure and exploration to friendship and teamwork. Many of the stories also teach important moral lessons, such as the importance of honesty, responsibility, and courage. 

Overall, The Thomas the Tank Engine: The Classic Library - The Railway Series by Rev. W. Awdry is a timeless and beloved collection of stories that will inspire and delight young readers for years to come. The beautifully illustrated books, durable construction, and engaging characters make it a perfect addition to any child's library, and the stories themselves teach important life lessons that will stay with young readers long after they've outgrown their love for Thomas the Tank Engine.

Titles in the Set:

  1. The Three Railway Engines
  2. Thomas the Tank Engine
  3. James the Red Engine
  4. Tank Engine Thomas Again
  5. Troublesome Engines
  6. Henry the Green Engine
  7. Toby the Tram Engine
  8. Gordon the Big Engine
  9. Edward the Blue Engine
  10. Four Little Engine
  11. Percy the Small Engine
  12. The Eight Famous Engines
  13. Duck and the Diesel Engine
  14. The Little Old Engine
  15. The Twin Engines
  16. Branch Line Engines
  17. Gallant Old Engine
  18. Stepney The "Bluebell" Engine
  19. Mountain Engines
  20. Year Old Engines
  21. Main Line Engines
  22. Small Railway Engines
  23. Enterprising Engines
  24. Oliver the Western Engine
  25. Duke the Lost Engine
  26. Tramway Engines

Description from the Publisher:

Ever since 1945, Thomas the Tank Engine and friends have been delighting and entertaining children with their incredible adventures. This 26-book collection brings together The Rev W. Awdry's classic, original stories in one big, beautiful box. A beautiful keepsake for children to proudly display on their bookshelves, the colourful books are all presented in hardback and will introduce readers aged 3+ to the likes of Thomas, Gordon, Henry, James and Edward. Timeless tales that will be enjoyed as much by parents and grandparents as they will the children they're being read to, this is an amazing gift to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Railway Series Books Collection.

About the Author: 

The Rev. Wilbert Awdry was a British author and clergyman who created the beloved children's book series, The Railway Series. He was born on June 15, 1911, in Ampfield, Hampshire, England. His father was a clergyman, and Awdry followed in his footsteps, attending St. Peter's Hall, Oxford, and becoming a deacon in 1936 and a priest in 1937.

Awdry's love of trains began in childhood when he was given a model railway set by his father. He became fascinated with the workings of the railways, and would often visit local stations to observe the trains and their drivers. As an adult, Awdry began creating stories for his young son, Christopher, featuring anthropomorphic trains with distinct personalities and quirks.

In 1943, Awdry published his first book, The Three Railway Engines, which introduced the world to the character of Edward the Blue Engine. The book was a hit, and Awdry went on to publish 25 more books in The Railway Series, which eventually became a beloved children's classic.

The stories in The Railway Series were set on the fictional Island of Sodor, where trains with human-like personalities worked together to transport goods and passengers. Each train had its own unique personality and quirks, and the stories were filled with humour, adventure, and valuable life lessons.

Awdry's love of trains and his deep knowledge of railway operations and history is evident in the stories, which are filled with accurate and detailed descriptions of the workings of the railway system. The stories also reflected Awdry's Christian faith, with themes of friendship, cooperation, and hard work.

The Rev. Wilbert Awdry passed away on March 21, 1997, at the age of 85. His legacy lives on through his beloved stories, which continue to inspire and delight young readers around the world. His creation of The Railway Series is a testament to his creativity, imagination, and passion for trains, and his books have become a cherished part of childhood for generations of readers.


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