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Thomas' Big Storybook

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Collected adventures full of lessons and products.

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Thomas and his friends learn valuable lessons during their many adventures in this exciting "big storybook," which gathers 24 stories into one collection. Thomas first-timers may find the stories confusing and disjointed. Also, girls will have a harder time relating, since all of the engines are male; the two coaches that Thomas pulls -- Anna and Clarabel, who "run happily behind" him -- are the only female characters in the entire book.

That said, some of the language is clever, especially the repetitive phrasing that sounds like the chugging of a train. Every page is illustrated with photographs of model railroad scenes, which are intriguing and complex and give readers lots to look at. Of course, all of these engines, coaches, buses, cars, and other paraphernalia are available for purchase. No one can argue that the obvious lessons are positive, but readers should be conscious of the sexism and commercialism throughout.

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