Sunday, August 7, 2011

Another Awesome Kids' Book

I'm not sure where we picked it up--I'm sure at a used book sale somewhere, but we have a Thomas the Tank Engine Book titled "The Sad Story of Henry".

It's unbelievable, and I think will hold the record for absolute most odd book. The story is about Henry, a train who gets a beautiful new paint job. So he hides in a tunnel so it won't get wet or dirty. They all try to coax him out to do his job, but he's having none of it. Passengers pushed and pulled, but couldn't move Henry. How do you think the book ends? You won't believe it. Seriously, just guess.

Okay, here's the actual text from the last page of the story:

"They took up the old rails, built a wall in front of him, and cut a new tunnel.

Now Henry can't get out, and he watches the trains rushing through the new tunnel. He is very sad because no one will ever see his lovely green paint with red stripes again.

But I think he deserved it, don't you?"

Really. I'm not making that up. Have you ever heard a worse story for children? I think the author needs to work on some serious anger management issues.

3 comments:

Ronnica said...

What in the world is the moral of the story supposed to be? Don't be stubborn, or you might get what you wish (which you really don't want)?

Mommy, Esq. said...

There are a few episoides that really make me wonder what they are thinking. Like how Daisy is all defiant but is doing so quietly so no one notices. Um, okay. Or when they rip apart a naughty truck. Great lessons... Maybe it is a British thing?

anitajd said...

I have never,never liked any Thomas the Train shows/books/movies. They are all mean sprited.