PETER’S RAIL­WAY:

The Four Sea­sons/Ac­tiv­ity Book

Steam Railway (UK) - - CHRISTMAS GIFT GUI THE FOUR SEASONS/ACTIVITY BOOK -

BY CHRISTO­PHER VINE • CHRISTO­PHER VINE

Ed­u­ca­tional and en­ter­tain­ing, de­light­ful il­lus­tra­tions.

Lit­tle of note.

PRICE: £4.99 each RAT­ING:

If you find ‘Thomas & Friends’ too in­fan­tile, the Peter’s Rail­way series is the per­fect tonic. It blends his­tory and en­gi­neer­ing with su­perb sto­ry­telling, yet never talks down to its ju­ve­nile au­di­ence. Christo­pher Vine has picked up where the Rev­erend W. Awdry left off and kept the spirit of the orig­i­nal ‘Rail­way Series’ alive in the 21st cen­tury.

The Four Sea­sons is the lat­est in the author’s line of pa­per­back vol­umes, in­ter­weav­ing re­al­is­tic rail­way op­er­a­tions with en­gag­ing sto­ries – ideal for the long win­ter nights. Il­lus­tra­tions and di­a­grams are what re­ally stand out here, and il­lus­tra­tor John War­dle’s work is up to his usual high stan­dard.

The Ac­tiv­ity Book is bound to in­ter­est chil­dren (OK, and adults too) for many a long hour and, as is to be ex­pected, is filled with in­for­ma­tive and ex­plana­tory di­a­grams ideal for the bud­ding en­gi­neer or en­thu­si­ast.

To get change from £10 for both books is good value, and here’s hop­ing Christo­pher Vine keeps up the good work. If you have chil­dren who love rail­ways, these books – as well as the oth­ers in the series – are must-haves. (TB)

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