Victoria’s Busy Day
Victoria is looking forward to a day in the sun, helping Mr Andrews, the farmer, to bring in the grain from the fields. She is excited to see her friend Albert, who is also helping with the job. But a surprise is in store when Victoria discovers something unexpected in the barn! What will it be, and how will Victoria react?
This series of children's books is bringing the steam-powered past to life, and delighting readers of all ages. Victoria's Torton Tales tell the story of a road-going, steam-powered traction engine, who works in and around the fictional town of Torton. Through her adventures, Victoria the traction engine helps her friends to achieve their goals, as well as showing what a traction engine does and how it works.
Created by children's author Wendy Wakelin, Victoria's Torton Tales are huge hits with children aged 3 to 9 years old. Older generations also enjoy reading the stories to younger family members. The books create a pastoral image of Britain from the past, bringing children's imaginations into play and helping them understand the world as it was before the advent of today's technology. The themes of friendship, doing your best and helping one another also run through each story.
""Olivia & Isla both love the book!! Two ardent fans Xxx"" - Mary Stubbington
""I have two very happy boys this morning. Thank you for our book."" - Marie Austin
""Fab books x"" - Victoria Rose
""My granddaughter loves these books awaiting next."" - Valerie Bull
""The books are beautifully illustrated, I'm really enjoying reading them to my 9 month baby boy. The stories are lovely and I really like the part at the back, fun facts etc. Looking forward to any new editions."" - Charles Hiams
""My little boy loves the stories and the illustrations are fantastic. Highly recommended these books"" - Gareth Down
""I bought these books for my young grandchildren. Both boys and girls love them. Bedtime reading now. So different to the crash bang wollop of modern day. Looking forward to the next installment."" - Richard Silk
""Brilliant books my 3 year old loves them."" - Wendy Dawes
""great quality books! We're sure our grandson will love them. Many thanks."" - Fiona Horsfall
""Wendy’s story books are lovely for children and our traction engine mad boys enjoy reading them again and again. The personalisation is a very sweet touch. The birthday and Christmas cards and the activity books have also proved very popular. We cannot wait to come and see Victoria at a rally once the Covid-19 situation improves."" - L. Rogers - Facebook"
Average rating from 4 members
Fascinated by the steampunk genre and attempting to get kids interested, what better way than to show them that steam-powered vehicles still exist even today. There is a bit about the engine called 'Victoria, Empress of India' on the Amazon authors page, which is of particular interest. I must say it is a wonderful thing to see that not all the old traditions have been done away with. There are so many good things to say about Victoria's Busy Day. The book is quite short, which means it will hold the children's attention span far easier. And the same can be said for the marvellous pictures accompanying each page. Young children love pictures, and they do say, 'a picture paints a thousand words.' There is also a technical drawing of how a steam engine works, which can be an excellent teaching aid if required. I am surprised that I have not come across these before, and since it was first published in 2016, I hope it does much better now it is open to a wider audience. I have already got our head librarian on the case. The whole book is just breath-taking in its simplicity. Thank you, NetGalley and BooksGoSocial, for the opportunity to read the ARC.
This really is a lovely story with themes of friendships, doing your best, helping others. The illustrations are beautiful and the whole story is totally charming. I can see why children aged 3 to about 9 would love this story. You don't need to be interested in machinery of steam engines to enjoy this story, as the characters with the illustrations really come to life and children instantly love them. I have read the other four books in the series, which is called "Victoria's Torton Tales", and they are all as charming and enjoyable. I simply have to recommend these stories to any parent or grandparent with young children, both girls and boys. They will love them.