Thomas & Friends Storytime
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The parents' guide to what's in this podcast.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Thomas & Friends Storytime is an entertaining podcast for the preschool crowd that shares the adventures of Thomas the Tank Engine and his many friends. Kids will hear about Thomas and the other engines doing their jobs on the Island of Sodor, having fun with their friends, and traveling to different countries. Stories are brought to life by the lively narration and voice acting, along with whimsical music and the sounds of the engines and their distinctive whistles. Some of the episodes have been adapted from the Thomas and Friends TV show, while others are taken from the books or are completely original. The podcast episodes feature some of the newer, female characters like Nia the Helpful Engine.
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What’s It About?
Each episode of THOMAS & FRIENDS STORYTIME begins by introducing the trains that star in the story, including what their numbers and colors are, and what their whistles sound like. Listeners are then told an action-packed story of the engines and their adventures that day. The trains always have fun, racing each other on the tracks and playing around, but they're also hardworking and do their best to impress Sir Topham Hatt, the director of the railway. Sometimes they may have to rescue a lost animal from Sodor Animal Park, while other times they carry passengers to the station. Whatever the story, there's usually a lesson that goes along with it, like learning to cooperate with others or understanding why we have to follow safety rules. The stories always have a resolution that will put young children at ease.
Is It Any Good?
This podcast will delight young kids with its fun stories of adventure, hijinks, and cooperation. In the Thomas & Friends Storytime podcast listeners are transported to the magical island of Sodor, and will enjoy hearing all about the various trains and their unique personalities. The narrator, Mark Moraghan, is joined by voice actors from the recent Thomas TV shows and movies, so the delivery is spot on. It's a good choice for preschool age children or older who love trains. Parents will like the fact that the tales include positive lessons, and that the Thomas franchise has added more main characters who are female.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how making mistakes is okay. How we can learn and move on from mistakes, just like the characters in Thomas & Friends Storytime?
Can girls play with trains? Can boys play with dolls? Why do we think some shows and toys are for boys and some for girls, and is that fair?
- Release date: April 8, 2020
- Genre: Kids & Family
- Average Run Time: 10 minutes
- Host: Mark Moraghan
- Publisher: Gullane (Thomas) Limited
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Trains
- Last updated: June 21, 2022
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