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The Little Red Engine Goes to Town (Andre Deutsch Classics) Hardcover – 4 Oct 1999
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When the Little Red Engine was chosen to be part of a grand exhibition in London, it was very proud. The Little Red Engine saw all the sights and could hardly believe the wonderful buildings and machines, but who was the children''s favourite?'
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In London the Little Red Engine, which had to be transported the last part of the way to the Exhibition by lorry, saw all the sights : Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square and Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, where it thought the fountains were duck ponds. It travelled past St Pauls, and across Tower Bridge.
All the other engines in the Palace of Transport were considered such objects of value that they could not possibly be allowed to be touched by children. So it was that the little country engine was the one used to show children how steam engines worked and in the cab of which they could pull all the levers. When the King and his family came to visit the exhibition the youngest Prince, who hadn't really wanted to come to the exhibition, insisted that the visit begin with the Little Red Engine.
This delightful story by Diana Ross, illustrated by Leslie Wood, was written about the time of the 1951 South Bank Exhibition. It will make the perfect Millenium gift for 5 -7 year olds and probably for their parents and grandparents too.