Narrator: It was a bright spring morning on Sodor, and Thomas and Percy had stopped at the postal depot to collect the mail.
Percy: Did you hear the news Thomas?
Thomas: No Percy, what's that?
Percy: The Fat Controller's grandchildren are having a guest round for a few months holiday.
Thomas: Really, who's this guest?
Percy: I do believe it's their big cousin Jasmine.
Thomas: And why is she coming round?
Percy: I think she's going to help Bridget and Stephen with something very important.
Thomas: I'd better go and find out what's happening. See you later Percy.
Narrator: So once all the mail was loaded up, Thomas was on his way to the Fat Controller's mansion. When they arrived, his driver went in. He saw that Stephen and Bridget were crying.
Thomas' Driver: What's all this? Tears on a Tuesday? That won't do.
Sir Topham Hatt: Ah driver. Am I glad you're here. I want you to meet my grandniece Jasmine.
Jasmine Hatt: Hello. I've never seen trains with faces before. Is this where Thomas the Tank Engine lives?
Thomas' Driver: That's right. And I'm his driver. Now then, let's see if there's a sweet in my pocket.
Sir Topham Hatt: A sweet?
Thomas' Driver: You know. To soothe things up for your grandchildren.
Narrator: And luckily, there was. And Bridget and Stephen tried to smile again.
Thomas' Driver: There that's better.
Lady Hatt: It's this reading business. They're off school with a cold. And Jasmine's brought their reading book home, but they can't seem to learn their letters at all.
Thomas' Fireman: I had an ABC when I was little. That helped. I'll tell you what you two young-ens. We'll make an ABC.
Stephen Hatt: How can we do that?
Thomas' Driver: The fireman and I will get a notebook next time we're at the post office, and we'll put a new letter in each day. You'll soon learn then.
Bridget Hatt: Oh yes!
Thomas' Fireman: And you can do the pictures. Bye!
Bridget Hatt: We like drawing, Stephen.
Jasmine Hatt: So do I.
Stephen Hatt: We never knew that big cous.
Jasmine Hatt: You do now.
Narrator: The next day Thomas' driver bought a red notebook. They even borrowed a small tin.
Thomas' Driver: Now you two, have a look in here.
Narrator: The fireman opened the tin, and as they did, a tiny creature ran about in it.
Bridget Hatt: A little ant!
Narrator: So on the first page of the notebook, Thomas' driver wrote 'a is for ant'. When Jasmine came home, she brought her book of sums. She wrote in Stephen and Bridget's new book, 'a is for add'. Lady Hatt looked in the larder. She put some fruit on the table, and wrote 'a is for apple and apricot'. The next day, Thomas' driver looked at all the drawings in the book.
Thomas' Driver: What about b?
Narrator: Just then Mr. Percival arrived on his bike.
Stephen Hatt: B is for bike.
Narrator: So Thomas' driver wrote 'b is for Mr. Percival's bike'. Mr. Percival drew his bike for the children. Later, Stephen was helping to clear the breakfast things.
Bridget Hatt: B is for butter.
Narrator: Lady Hatt drew the butter and wrote 'b is the yellow butter in its dish'.
Thomas' Driver: Bye! We'd better be buzzing along.
Narrator: At teatime, Jasmine drew another picture and wrote 'B is for big bad bee'. The next day Stephen and Bridget had gone back to school. The Fat Controller made a drawing and wrote that 'c is for his cat', and that he likes cream and cake and cod. He even remembered to draw his car before taking it out to work. Each someone added a new page to Stephen and Bridget's book. When Stephen and Bridget came home from school, the first thing they did, was to look at the new page in 'Thomas the Tank Engine's ABC'. Farmer McColl called. He drew his dog and wrote 'd is for his dog Katie'. Later Jasmine drew a dish for the dog's drink. Then the Fat Controller came in, and drew the donkey in the top field. The next day, Stephen and Bridget had eggs and soldiers for breakfast. They write 'e is for eggs and eggcups'.
Edward: Hi sir. What's going on?
Sir Topham Hatt: My grandchildren are learning their ABCs with the help from their cousin Jasmine.
Edward: Can we have our names put in the ABC book?
Emily: He does mean me as well.
Sir Topham Hatt: Sure. If you insist.
Narrator: So Bridget added Edward and Emily's names to the ABC book. On Saturday, Stephen saw a frog in the pong. He drew it when they went home. Matt the Mobile Shop Owner called. Lady Hatt brought fish fingers, a strawberry flan and some kitchen foil. They even remembered to add the 'Fat Controller' to the ABC book. Stephen asked Farmer Trotter for something beginning with g. He looked around the yard, and drew a goose.
Bridget Hatt: I don't like the way it hisses at me.
Narrator: On Sunday, they all went to church. They see Dowager Hatt, and write 'g is for granny'. She dropped one of her new gloves. She gave Stephen and Bridget each a gum-drop when Stephen picked up her glove. Gordon even had a chance to have his picture drawn in the book. At Sunday school, Jasmine drew the Fat Controller's hat. And Bridget drew a hen that had walked into the churchyard. Stephen even remembered to draw a picture of Henry. On Monday, Stephen, Bridget and Jasmine had ice-cream for tea. Meanwhile, the Fat Controller's car had a puncture, and he had to jack it up. So he drew his jack in the book. On Tuesday, there was jam and jelly for tea. And Jem Cole said "Just the job!" And James was more than happy to be drawn in the book since he was the same colour as the ABC notebook. On Wednesday, the Hatts had kippers for tea. Then the driver and fireman called for a cup of tea the next morning.
Thomas' Driver: Good morning.
Lady Hatt: I've just boiled the kettle.
Narrator: So the driver stayed for a cup of tea and drew the kettle in Stephen and Bridget's book.
Sir Topham Hatt: My grandchildren are getting on really well with their letters. They know all the words in their ABC so far.
Narrator: On Friday, Jasmine said she had seen a lark on the way to school. So she drew that. One of Farmer McColl's hens stole the Fat Controller's keys, and the controller had to climb up a tree with the farmer ladder to get them back. He drew the ladder.
Sir Topham Hatt: It was so high, I was really scared.
Narrator: That evening, Thomas went to watch the lighthouse lantern beam on and off. So his driver drew the lighthouse in the book. On Saturday, Lady Hatt bought a big melon at the market. Meanwhile, Stephen, Bridget and Jasmine played in the barn. Bridget saw a mouse. Stephen drew it in their ABC.
Thomas' Driver: I once had a pet mouse, just like the one in your book.
Narrator: Matt the Mobile Shop called again. Stephen bought some nutty nougat with his pocket money, and gave a piece each to Bridget and Jasmine. On Sunday, it was time for church again. Dowager Hatt played the organ. And the Vicar of Wellsworth gave each child an orange. Stephen, Bridget and Jasmine had pie and peas and potatoes and pancakes for their dinner. Percy even got to be in the book. Then the three children played cards. And Stephen drew the queen. It rained on Monday. At playtime, all the children saw a beautiful rainbow in the sky. Stephen and Bridget had taken their ABC to school, to show their teacher. So they painted the rainbow in it, using all the paints in the box. They had sausages and sweetcorn for school dinner. And Alice drew them for Stephen and Bridget in their ABC. On Tuesday, Bertie the Bus was stuck in the mud. So Terence the Tractor had to come round to tow him out.
Bridget Hatt: T for tractor.
Stephen Hatt: And T for Thomas.
Sir Topham Hatt: Not forgetting Toby.
Narrator: Then the Fat Controller, drew both engines in the abc, along with their names. Then he wrote, 'Terence the tractor towing Bertie the Bus'. On Wednesday, the wind blew the Vicar of Wellsworth's umbrella inside-out. But luckily Thomas' driver helped him to put it right again, then he drew the umbrella in Stephen and Bridget's ABC book. There was a bring-and-buy sale on Thursday at the village hall. Dowager Hatt bought a vase, and drew if for Stephen and Bridget.
Dowager Hatt: It's just the thing for my violets, and it looks very valuable.
Narrator: Mr. Percival bought a watch.
Mr. Percival: It has a wobbly winder. I'll soon mind that.
Thomas' Driver: Will you draw it?
Mr. Percival: Willingly?
Narrator: And Mr. Percival wrote underneath, 'w for watch with a wobbly winder'. Later Thomas and his driver went to watch the windmill's sales go round. Then the driver drew the windmill in the book. On Friday, Stephen played music on a xylophone at school.
Stephen Hatt: I can play it or draw it, but I can't spell it.
Narrator: So his teacher helped him. On Saturday, they all went to the seaside for a treat. They went to see the lions and the tigers at the Sodor Animal Park.
Jasmine: Y is for yellow on the giraffe's neck.
Bridget Hatt: Now we know how to end our ABC.
Stephen Hatt: And we can spell it ourselves. 'Z for zebra'.