Want to be sure your little man grows up loving books? Introduce him to Thomas at and early age. Thomas was dreamed up in 1946 by the Reverend W. Awdry, and ever since boys have been drawn to this little blue engine and his friends on the island of Sodor. The first story was told to the Reverend's son when the boy came down with the measles and was stuck in bed. Imagine where we'd be without Thomas & Friends (something good can come from sick days).
Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection has all 26 stories included. It is a wonderful addition to a serious library. But if you want to start small, consider picking up classics like The Cranky Day or Thomas and Friends: Percy's Chocolate Crunch.
In addition to the books, there is a movie Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery (narrated by Pierce Brosnan) and of course the toys. To celebrate Thomas the generous folks at Learning Curve are offering up a giveaway. One lucky Momtrends reader is going to win a Thomas Talking Railway Series Engine and a Cranky the Crane Talking Railway Series destination.
Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Cranky the Crane: At Brendam Docks, Cranky the Crane unloads cargo from ships and loads it onto the train cars, under Sir Topham Hatt's watchful eye. The Controller of the Railway gives each engine personalized greetings and instructions to insure the job gets done "right on time." Ages: 3 and up. ($69.99)
Thomas and Friends Wooden Railway - Talking Railway Thomas: Using built-in engine recognition technology, each Talking Railway Series vehicle activates personalized greetings from Sir Topham Hatt himself in any Talking Railway Series destination, "James, slow down. Morgan's Mine can be dangerous!" and "Hello, Thomas you're right on time!" are some of the unique phrases from Sir Topham Hatt. Engines featuring RFID technology have their names printed in gold on the bottom of the chassis and golden smart magnet connectors on the front and rear of the train car. Ages 3: and up. ($14.99)
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Be sure to add your contact email. Contest open to US residents ages 18 and over. Contest ends 6/30/09. Winner will be selected by random.org. Winners will be announced on a blog post. If winner fails to respond in three days a new winner will be chosen.