Clever Clarabel! is a magazine story.
Clarabel always feels left out. She is always the last to see everything as Thomas and Annie are facing forwards and she is facing backwards. One day, Annie and Clarabel are full of excited children going to the seaside. Thomas pulls into the seaside station and the children scramble out; they can not wait to paddle and dig and play. As Thomas begins to puff away, the children start to shout and wave; they have left their luggage on board. Clarabel can see them and tells Thomas to reverse. Soon the children have their bags and Clarabel feels glad she had been facing backwards.