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Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Trains' sweet origin story promotes friendship, cooperation.

Movie NR 2015 45 minutes
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This TV movie taps the first two books in the Railway Series to inspire a retrospective look at the beloved blue tank engine's origination story. Every Thomas fan will want to see how the Sodor gang first got together, and it's comforting that all the features of other Thomas stories are prominent here in Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins, from the mostly good-natured squabbling to the eventual resolution of the characters' differences.

Besides the colorful characters and exceptional storytelling, what makes Thomas stories so appealing to kids is that they can relate to the social dynamic that exists among the railway friends. Just as in real life, these coworkers don't always see eye to eye, and their very different personalities often complicate their working relationships. It's a big dose of reality in a world where trains talk to each other and to the people they help, and it leaves kids with a positive impression of conflict resolution, cooperation, perseverance, and friendship.

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