A welcome Beim addition to the first reading group in which there have been, unfortunately, so many tasteless vocabulary exercises. Again the story is geared to the interests of active, explorative children; the presentation is essentially dramatic --inviting reading aloud with expression; the format is generally bright and attractive. Sam loved Old Putt, a country train with a smoke stack that billowed great clouds of smoke up to the delighted children on the bridge. But when the slick streamlined Train of Tomorrow comes to town Old Putt is cast into the background. There is a glimpse from the bridge of the famous double decker but Old Putt comes along and shows that it can do things the new train can't. Bright vigorous pictures by Leonard Shortall, but the young train fan may clamor for more train pictures -- bigger and brighter.