Category:The Little Blue Engine
The "The Little Blue Engine" series of books were written by Ursula Hourihane, illustrated by Geoffrey Higham, and published by Juvenile Productions Ltd., shortly after World War Two.
This made them a contemporary of the early Thomas the Tank Engine books, which also followed the adventures of a small blue locomotive with a face.
Thomas vs Sammy
Unlike Thomas (who was an 0-6-0 tank engine) "The Little Blue Engine" was a 2-4-2 engine with tender, and a running number of 99 (as opposed to "1").
Both engines had grey faces, but where Thomas' was based on a distinctive disc (the locomotive's front maintenance hatch), Sammy's grey face was smoothed around the sides of the loco's front.
Geoffrey Higham's playful and deep-coloured illustrations are normally remembered for his work on a range of Enid Blyton books, most notably the Noddy series.
It's difficult to find any date material on the copies of the Little Blue Engine books in our resource room, so these tentative dates are based on online information:
- Little Blue Engine Stories (1950s)
- More Stories of the Little Blue Engine (~1950s)
- The Little Blue Engine that Wanted a Drink (~1953)
- Adventures of the Little Blue Engine (~1954)
- The Little Blue Engine Annual (~1950s)
- Tales of the Little Blue Engine (1963?)