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1001: Look & Listen

The Lost Puff

Sir Topham Hatt warns the engines to be careful going over some broken track. But Paxton the diesel engine doesn’t listen to instructions and thinks it is fun when he wobbles over the bumpy track. He persuades Thomas to try it, but Thomas accidentally backs into Toby at the water tower and gets his firebox wet. Poor Thomas must wait for his firebox to dry out. When Paxton overhears Toby saying that Thomas has lost his puff, Paxton misunderstands and heads off across the Island of Sodor to look for it. Victor explains the misunderstanding to Paxton and the diesel engine understands that to be a Really Useful engine, one must listen carefully and always follow directions!

Learning Goals: Listening carefully; following directions; understanding there are consequences to one’s actions

Steamie Stafford

Stafford the electric engine is upset when he overhears some children saying he is too quiet and not a “proper engine” (he doesn’t run on coal and water like the steamies, but rather, runs on a battery which makes him very quiet). He asks Thomas and Percy to teach him how to chuff and puff and whoosh and has fun pretending to do what the steam engines do. When Stafford is sent to help Farmer McColl pick up some lambs, his new steam engine sounds scare the animals away. Stafford soon realizes that being a quiet engine can be Really Useful too, and the most important thing is to always be you!

Learning Goals: Appreciating differences; recognizing and utilizing individuals’ strengths and skills



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