RIide along with Thomas and meet all the engines and people that make the Island of Sodor such a fun and exciting place. This coloring and activity book features crayons and stickers to color. In the early 1940s, a loving father crafted a small, blue, wooden engine for his son, Christopher. The stories that this father, 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.Golden Books Staff is the author of 'All Aboard' with ISBN 9780375826528 and ISBN 0375826521.