Thomas the Tank Engine is almost 60 years old! He originated in England in 1945 when The Reverend W. Awdry wrote the first book in the Railway Series. Since then a generation of children have grown to love the cheeky engine and friends on the Island of Sodor.
We are proud to offer the Thomas the Tank Engine interactive story books, activity books, play a song books, camera books, and clock books. These Thomas & Friends books encourage learning and creativity through reading and playtime.
Free set of batteries (including three AG-13 button cell batteries with a screwdriver and replacement screw) with the order of three books or more!
Free set of 100 Thomas & Friends stickers autocollants with order of 2 Thomas books.
The Reverend Wilbert Awdry, who passed away in 1997, first made up stories about Thomas and his friends in 1943 to keep his son Christopher amused when he was ill with the measles. Mr. Edmund Ward, a businessman who wanted some diversion for his retirement eventually published the books, but they were so successful that Mr. Ward had to come out of retirement to cope with the demand.
When, after 26 books, The Rev. W. Awdry decided he could write no more, his son Christopher for whom the stories were first created, took up the series. Christopher began writing the books when his own son Richard was three - the same age as Christopher himself when his father started the Railway Series. It is through Christopher's efforts that there are now an additional 40 stories in an increasingly popular series.
Thomas the Tank Engine is one of the top children's favorite characters of all time. The timeless charm of the Awdrys' works have sold 25 million units in the US and world wide book sales are approaching 80 million units.
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends (changed into Thomas & Friends) is a children's television series which was first broadcast in 1984.
The series was based on The Railway Series, a series of books created by the Reverend W.V. Awdry. They deal with the adventures of a group of anthropomorphised trains and road vehicles who live on the fictional Island of Sodor.
During the 1980s the television rights were sold to Britt Allcroft and she began producing the series. The show has been narrated by, amongst others, Ringo Starr, George Carlin and Alec Baldwin.
Some characters from the series are : Thomas the Tank Engine, Edward the Blue Engine, Henry the Green Engine, Gordon the Big Engine, James the Red Engine, Percy the Small Engine, Toby the Tram Engine, Duck the Great Western Engine, and others...
Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and Thomas & Friends are trademarks of Gullane Entertainment Inc.