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Wednesday 11 December 2013

Review: Christmas Steam (Little Peter's Railway)

Christmas is almost here, but for the families of Yocklett’s Village this year just won’t feel like Christmas without Santa’s Grotto at the Village Hall. The Hall has been closed by Council and the Grotto has been cancelled.

Young Peter comes up with a wonderful plan to make sure that the local children can still enjoy a visit to Santa’s Grotto to share their Christmas wish list. Peter and his grandfather work together to create a wonderful grotto in Bluebell Wood. They plan to use their miniature railway line and engine ‘Fiery Fox’ to transport the children from the village so they can visit Santa. Can they get Santa’s Grotto ready in time and save Christmas?

We love Peter’s Railway books in our home and Christmas Steam is the perfect story to read with your young train enthusiast in the lead up to Christmas. The smaller format books, the Little Peter’s Railway series’ feature either an adventure story (such as Christmas Steam) or a story that focuses on sharing information about the running of the miniature steam train and maintenance of the train and track (such as Molten Metal).

The full-sized Peter’s Railway books include both adventure and fact sections. You can read our review of the first Peter's Railway book here and find out more about the paperback series in our review here.

Christopher Vine's Peter’s Railway books are the perfect next step for children who love train stories but are looking for something more detailed and true to life than Thomas the Tank Engine. When my 9-year-old son was putting together a train book list to publish during our recent Children’s Week event, he had four Peter’s Railway titles he wanted to include, which indicates just how much he continues to enjoy these books and his enthusiasm for recommending them to others.

Title: Christmas Steam (Little Peter's Railway)
Author: Christopher Vine
Illustrator: John Wardle
Publisher: Christopher Vine, £2.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2011
Format: Soft cover
ISBN: 9780955335952
For ages: 3-6
Type: Junior Fiction