Thomas delivers trainloads of fun! Three terrific Thomas the Tank Engine Little Golden Books (Thomas Breaks a Promise, Thomas and the Big Big Bridge, and May the Best Engine Win!) are collected together in an attractive mini-treasury. This book is a real treat for all fans of Thomas and is perfect for gift-giving! In the early 1940s, a loving father crafted a small, blue, wooden train engine for his son, Christopher. The stories that The Reverend W. Awdry made up to accompany this wonderful toy were first published in 1945. He continued to create new adventures and characters until 1972 when he retired from writing. He died in 1997 at age 85.