Saturday, 10 November 2007

Thomas and Friends: Railway Rhymes

My son received this as a special book from Hubby. Needless to say, it's his FAVOURITE book which I have to tote everywhere we go!

This thick, cased board book (36 pages) has a variety of long and short rhymes, including a haiku, about Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends on the Isle of Sodor.

He got to know most of the characters from this book, rather than from the TV, as we don't subscribe to the Cartoon Network etc.

Starting with the names of each train (poem titles), we've progressed to some of the shorter rhymes that this Mum can muster just before bedtime.

Some of the verses rhyme, some of them don't - children learn that the English language is a mix of both poetry and prose.

If you want to know all about Thomas and his friends, "Thomas & Friends: Railway Rhymes" is definitely the book to read. Your toddler or preschooler will LOVE you and the idea of reading the book again and again and again!

The bold and colourful illustrations are very eye-catching and detailed - the book is our reference should I challenge my 20 month old toddler on the name of ANY train in Thomas' town of Sodor!

While the vocabulary centers around the railway and the English countryside, little Thomas fans will also learn useful terms about being on the road, numbers and positive values like being a "really useful" person, teamwork and even gender issues through "Emily"!

His favourite rhyme is "Bertie" because of this poem has short, staccato beats and various onomatopeia (sounds) in it. He's had the poem memorized that whenever I read it, he chimes in with the words that he can pronounce.

A must-have for Thomas' fans! Be warned of the added load on top of the trains you're already carrying around but this book is a money-for-value buy :-)

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