The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

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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.
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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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Excellent
Reviewed by Elizabeth Kennedy on Dec 31 2014

While on one level, The Polar Express is the story of a little boy's magical train ride to Santa's workshop at the North Pole, on another level it's a story about the power of faith and belief. I recommend The Polar Express for children five and older as well as teens and adults.

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Good
Reviewed by Sheila on May 02 2005

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.

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Reviewed by Mekenna on Oct 30 2015

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 well written book, and the pictures are fantastic.

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Good
Reviewed by Jesse Kornbluth on Dec 01 2015

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.

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Reviewed by Katrina on Nov 09 2015

This book is a reminder of truly believing in the magic of Christmas. The Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition makes a beautiful gift for the holidays and can be made into an annual family tradition to be read each year.

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Excellent
on Dec 23 2011

Maybe this is a cliche book to say this is my favorite Christmas book, but there’s really no other choice for me. I love the story. What kid would not want to wake up in the MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT on Christmas Eve with a TRAIN on their street, full of kids and ALL OF THE HOT COCOA, and take a train ride to the North Pole to meet SANTA CLAUS?

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