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Edward the Blue Engine (Railway) [Hardcover]

Rev. W. Awdry
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1 Mar 1999 Railway
At last, Edward has a whole book to himself. Once again he is joined in his adventures by Gordon, Henry, James, Bertie the Bus, and a new friend called Trevor, who is a traction engine.

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  • Hardcover: 63 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Young Books; New edition edition (1 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434804584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434804580
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 12 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,121,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wilbert Vere Awdry was born on 15 June 1911 (passed away in 1997), near Romsey in Hampshire. Young Wilbert had a passion for steam engines. He loved to play with the model railway his father had built in the garden, and to pore over copies of The Railway Magazine.

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When Wilbert's brother, George, was born, the Awdrys moved to Box, near the Great Western Railway's main line from Paddington to Bristol.

"Lying in bed as a child I would hear a heavy goods train coming in and stopping at Box station, then the three whistles, a tank-engine, which would come out of his little shed to help the goods train. There was no doubt in my mind that steam engines all had definite personalities . . . little imagination was needed to hear in the puffings and pantings of the two engines the conversation they were having with one another: 'I can't do it! I can't do it! I can't do it!' 'Yes, you can! Yes, you can! Yes, you can!' "

Wilbert went to Oxford and then taught at St George's school in Jerusalem, where he met his future wife, Margaret Emily Wale. Returning to England in 1936, he was ordained into the Anglican Priesthood. Two years later he married Margaret, and in 1940 their first child, Christopher, was born. When Christopher was two, he had measles. Wilbert told him a story about a sad little engine called Edward. Eventually Wilbert wrote it down and illustrated it with simple line drawings. Stories about Gordon and Henry followed, and Margaret encouraged Wilbert to send them to a publisher.

The Three Railway Engines was successfully published by Edmund Ward in 1945, and the following year the most famous of all Wilbert Awdry's engine characters appeared in Thomas the Tank Engine. From James the Red Engine in 1948, Awdry published a new Railway Series title every year until his last book, Tramway Engines, in 1972. The setting was the wonderful fictional island of 'Sodor', situated near the Isle of Man, for which Wilbert devised its people, engines, history and geography.

In recognition of his services to children's literature and campaign work on the preservation of England's steam railway heritage, Wilbert was awarded an OBE in the 1996 New Year's Honours List. He died peacefully at home in 1997, aged 85.

Although he wrote his last book in the series in 1972, Rev. Awdry's creation lives on! In 1983 his son, Christopher, published Really Useful Engines, the first in his own series about Thomas and his friends.

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The Reverend W. Awdry is fondly remembered as the creator of Thomas the Tank Engine. The little blue engine and his friends on the Island of Sodor were originally invented to amuse the reverend's son, Christopher, when he was recovering from a bout of the measles. The first book in The Railway Series, entitled The Three Railway Engines, was published in 1945. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ordered this for my friends grandson .... 2 Nov 2013
By Cos
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I ordered a copy of this book for my friends grandson, and expected it to take a little while to arrive. However, it came well packaged and arrived much sooner than expected. I am sure my friend will be pleased with item. It was as it said on the tin - very good - and also very good value at 56p plus p & p.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My 3 year old son loves this series 19 Jan 2007
By Mrs Heaton - Published on Amazon.com
This book has a bit more sadness than earlier books in the series. Edward is crying in the first story becuase he never leaves the shed and the other engines pick on him for being old. Then in another story, he helps one of the favorite TV Show charactors who's scheduled for scrapping (don't want to spoil the suprise by saying who.)

The original books are FAR BETTER than the newer picture stories based on the TV show. My son loves the show too but ignores the newer books now that we have the originals.

I read several reviews on The Railway series where Moms thought the railway series was too dark/scary. I disagree and love to have my son snuggle up to the very last word in a book that's pretty long for someone his age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 6 Sep 2007
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Oh, I must agree. This book is great! My 22-months little boy loves this book and all others from the original railway series. I was concerned at the beginning that it was going to be over his head (and it is, he does not understand everything that is read to him), but he does listened quietly every story and ask for more and more!!! When he looks at the books by himself he "reads" the book aloud and points at the pictures and he comes to me and shows them to me. I guess he's "telling" me the stories. It is very nice to watch and hear. And I agree with other reviewers about the quality of the pages. the book is a hardcover and the pages are thick and strong. My son takes them everywhere and not one page has been torn yet. I think this is a must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Edward! 25 Aug 2008
By R. K. Davies - Published on Amazon.com
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Cow on the Line, Bertie's chase, Saved from Scrap, and Old Iron.

We had most of these stories in the paperback version from the TV show, but my 3-year old loves his take-along-size Thomas books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! 24 Feb 2006
By K. R. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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My 2.5 year old loves these Railway Series books. The illustrations in the books are great. The paper is durable but some of the hardback covers have not held up to everyday toddler usage.
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