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Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

Suitable for: 7-11 years (Key stage 2), 11-14 years (Key stage 3), Teachers

This collection contains painted tactile pictures taken from illustrations in Thomas the Tank Engine books. The audio guide does not tell the story but describes the raised images. It provides a wonderful springboard for the young person to read or listen to the classic story for themselves. Perfect to inspire a love of reading for pleasure.

Listen to an audio clip

Can you find a bit sticking up from the top of the shape, like your little finger? That's Thomas' black funnel, where the steam and smoke comes out. After all, Thomas is a steam engine - that means that rather than using petrol, or diesel, or oil, or even electricity, as cars and trains do nowadays to move along, Thomas has a fire inside, that heats water inside him like a kettle. The steam that's made when the water boils makes Thomas move.
When you've found his funnel, move your fingers down a bit, and just a little to the left. You should find a big curve - it's the side of Thomas' face. In the middle of his face is Thomas' big bobbly nose, with his round eyes on either side. You might be able to find his smiley mouth, just underneath his nose. He really is a cheeky little engine!

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile images of the main characters featured in the book.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • Guidance Notes to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Thomas the Tank Engine & Clarabel the Carriage
The Fat Controller and the Station Master
Bertie the Bus & Bulgy the Double Decker Bus
George the Steam Roller & Trevor the Traction Engine
The Tractor & Mavis the Diesel Engine
Edward the Blue Engine & Henry the Green Engine
Gordon the Big Engine & James the Red Engine
Percy the Small Engine & Toby the Tram Engine
Duck the Great Western Train & Diesel 199

What our members say

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Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends She enjoyed listening to this story pack so much. This is an amazing service and has introduced her back to enjoying books again and bedtime stories. Janine
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