The Polar Express

The Polar Express

Book - 1995
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1986 Caldecott Medal Winner

A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . .     Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.   
For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic. In this 30th anniversary edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg is revealed in a never-before-seen fashion, with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. Includes author's note, downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson, and golden "All Aboard" ornament.     
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [1995], c1985.
ISBN: 9780544580145
Branch Call Number: P VAN
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,24 x 30 cm.


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LiztheLibrarian Jan 25, 2018

One of my favorite Christmas books of all time. I love how it really creates a magic and the promise that if you believe you will always here the bells from Santa's sleigh.

mko123 Dec 12, 2017

Mystical, eternal truths for everyone in this little gem. Read his other books. You will be amazed.

May 27, 2016

My father has read this to us every Christmas Eve since 1985. He even convinced us children he had been to the North Pole. As children I remember the description of hot chocolate thick as melted chocolate bars. I recommend this book to anyone old and young, baby gift or Christmas present.

Dec 14, 2014

When I was little Mrs. Landry, an elderly woman from the small town I grew up in, would visit our school every year before Christmas to read this book to us. Whenever I read this book I hear Mrs. Landry's voice saying the words. She's long since passed away, but the magic of this story, and the memories I have of listening to it, have never gone away. The story shares the true meaning of Christmas and the illustrations are gorgeous. I still get excited at the end when he unwraps the sleigh bell, and still secretly want one of my own.

Jan 15, 2014

This is a good book. I like this book because it is about Christmas.

Dec 09, 2012

this book is a really fun book. it is mostly like the movie but shorter

Oct 19, 2012

i have to say that is is a pretty good book

Oct 14, 2012

Loved Liam Neeson's storytelling. He did a great job. This is such a great Christmas book!

ashleyblake225 Aug 30, 2012

not a big fan but it wasnt that bad

Mar 16, 2012

First, my disclosure: I didn't read this book for the first time as a child.

The story is a straightforward tale about a boy who is right at that age between believing in Santa Claus and not believing. On Christmas Eve he is whisked away to the North Pole on the Polar Express and meets Santa who gives him a gift. The gift is a reminder about the joy of Christmas for all those who truly believe.

The artwork is exceptional for the tone of the story, which is to say it evokes a Norman Rockwell feeling of longing for the classic childhood. The gift of the bell seems to represent the boy's faltering belief in Santa Clause. Sometimes it's strong; sometimes it's weak. By the end, only those who truly believe in the spirit of Christmas can hear the bell.

I appreciate the childlike atmosphere of Christmas and how simple and good the world feels every December. I don't agree with the book's notion of aging being some sort of an automatic loss of the Christmas spirit. An experienced understanding of Christmas can be the truest of all. If anything, the bell should ring louder for the adults.

The Polar Express will no doubt endure as one of the best stories to read to your child each Christmas even though its message seems outdated.

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ashleyblake225 Aug 30, 2012

Did you hear that sleigh bell? One young boy, whose friends are beginning to doubt Santa's existence, stays awake listening for that telltale jingle to validate his faith. What he hears instead is the toot of a train horn, signaling the beginning of one of the most beautiful Christmas books of all time.


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