134 year old Victoria, star of delightful children’s story books

Hampshire, UK - September 14th, 2020

Children’s books bringing Britain’s steam-powered past to life, delighting readers of all ages. Victoria’s Torton Tales tell the stories and adventures of a road-going, steam-powered traction engine, Victoria, and her friends.

Created and written by Hampshire-based children’s author Wendy Wakelin, Victoria’s Torton Tales are proving hits with children between 3 and 9 years old. Focused on Britain’s past, they encourage children’s interest in our country’s history and heritage.

The main character, Victoria, is based on a real traction engine built in 1886, and originally owned by the real-life Mr Seward from Hampshire, UK. Author Wendy Wakelin and her family have owned the real Victoria since 2002, making guest appearances at steam events, delighting fans who come to meet the real Victoria!

With lovable characters, charming settings, themes of friendship, doing your best and helping one another, it’s little wonder these books are proving so popular. Author Wendy said: “I’m delighted parents and grandparents alike have commented their children love these books.”

So far, there are four heart-warming stories:

Victoria’s Busy Day

Victoria the shiny green traction engine loves nothing better than helping with the harvest on Mr Andrews' farm. Enjoying working hard, she gets to have fun too with her good friend Albert, a cheeky engine. A busy, enjoyable day in the sunshine. When Victoria arrives at Mr Andrews' barn to unload her trailer, she gets a big surprise. What could it be?

Pop Comes to Sewards’ Yard

Pop the little traction engine is stranded in a dark, damp barn. He longs to be out working in the sunshine, but his safety valve is broken, and nobody has time to fix him. Victoria persuades her owner, Mr Seward, to look at Pop as see what he can do to help. Will Pop be able to achieve his dream of living and working alongside his friends?

Roser and Tanner, Steam Roller Friends

Best friends Roser and Tanner the steam rollers live with Victoria and the other engines at Sewards' Yard. Today they are very excited to be going on a trip to repair the roads in a neighbouring village. They love to work hard making the roads smooth again. Today Tanner wants to use the scarifier, usually a job for Roser. Will Mr Seward let her try, and will she succeed?

Victoria and the Teddy Bear

Victoria is very excited to be attending the children’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic party, but she doesn’t have a teddy bear of her own to take. She really wants her own teddy bear to make the day perfect and to be her best friend forever. Will Mr and Mrs Seward take Victoria's request seriously? And is there a perfect bear out there looking for a friend?

All four titles in the Victoria’s Torton Tales series are available to purchase from the author’s website, https://victoriastortontales.uk/

For more information about Victoria’s Torton Tales or the author Wendy Wakelin, you can contact the author via email hello@victoriastortontales.uk


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