The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

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Since its publication in 1985, Chris Van Allsburg’s holiday classic has sold millions of copies and has come to signify the essential spirit of Christmas for countless readers. 

Readers young and old are sure to treasure this inspiring book, which brings to life the magic of Christmas for all who believe.

 

About Chris Van Allsburg

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Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.
 
Published October 28, 1985 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cooking. Non-fiction

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Examiner

They assume that leadership in a church means they can’t have friends in the church.

Dec 01 2011 | Read Full Review of The Polar Express

Suite 101

A winner of the 1986 Caldecott Medal, The Polar Express (Houghton, 1985) Chris van Allsburg’s story about believing in Santa is not only a wonderful book to read with children at Christmas, but also an animated Christmas adventure movie.

Dec 22 2008 | Read Full Review of The Polar Express

USA Today

Subtitle: "The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General" When Nick Dunne’s wife Amy disappears on their fifth anniversary, he is considered a suspect.

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Common Sense Media

By the end of the story, the boy realizes that many people outgrow their belief in Santa, as one by one his friends and family stop hearing the bell.

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By the end of the story, the boy realizes that many people outgrow their belief in Santa, as one by one his friends and family stop hearing the bell.

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A Patchwork of Books

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A Patchwork of Books

Then from behind him a voice called out, "Read it again," and another joined in, "Yeah, read it again," and a third added, "This time, louder."

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A Patchwork of Books

Then from behind him a voice called out, "Read it again," and another joined in, "Yeah, read it again," and a third added, "This time, louder."

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M Live

The motion-capture animated movie, based on the celebrated book by Grand Rapids-born author Chris Van Allsburg, and starring Tom Hanks in a variety of roles, will play once daily starting Saturday at Celebration Cinema South and Celebration Cinema at Rivertown Crossings.

Dec 12 2011 | Read Full Review of The Polar Express

http://www.sheilaomalley.com

The illustrations in this book are classic Chris Van Allsburg … but the vividness of the language could stand on its own. The ending of this lovely book never fails to give me chills.

May 02 2005 | Read Full Review of The Polar Express

Book Trends

The art in the book is very detailed and nicely done. However a younger child might think the paintings are a little busy, and because the book is during the night, the pictures are a little dark...Overall I do very much think that all ages would take pleasure in The Polar Express, it is a very w...

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Head Butler

So as your holiday gift to yourself, buy the book. Not the "special edition” with the bell and the CD and Lord knows what else. Not the Kindle download. The basic book. Because it’s all you need.

Dec 01 2015 | Read Full Review of The Polar Express

FineBooks & Collections

Yesterday, author Chris Van Allsburg pulled into the Great Hall in Chicago's Union ... The author signed books from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., but the enchantment didn't end when Van ... (The Polar Express rides are organized by Rail Events Inc .). .... Catalogue Review (66) · Book Fairs (82) · Book Pe...

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