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The Polar Express

Written by Chris Van Allsburg

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The Polar Express Review

Books for Babies and Toddlers Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers

This beautiful, atmospheric book captures the special magic of Christmas for readers of all ages. A young boy, just beginning to wonder whether Father Christmas is real, lies in bed hoping to hear sleigh bells. But instead of a sleigh, a huge train pulls up outside and takes him, together with other pyjama-clad children, off to the North Pole. There the boy meets Father Christmas and choses his present – a sleigh bell. It rings for him that Christmas and every one until he’s an old man, the sound always equalling the first gift of Christmas. This is a book that really does conjure up all that is magic about Christmas and Liam Neeson’s reading on the accompanying CD does it full justice, his rich voice full of doubt, breathless anticipation and joy. Start a Christmas tradition and enjoy this with the whole family on Christmas Eve. ~ Andrea Reece


The Polar Express Synopsis

Late one Christmas Eve, a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the reindeer's harness. It turns out to be a very special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring.

Liam Neeson's gravitas lends the story just the right sense of magic and possibility in the book and CD edition.

The Polar Express Press Reviews

You could do no better. Bittersweet, beautifully told, trad book. The New Review (Supp.To the Observer) Christmas Books 2014

A magical Christmas tale that is not to be missed and shared with all the family. Lovereading4Kids

Utterly perfect Christmas tale. One of the most atmospheric and perfectly paced Christmas stories ever written for children. Read it Daddy! Blog

A book to keep and remember. Newbury Weekly News, Caroline Franklin

This classic tale is beautifully illustrated and helps children understand the value of presents. Smallish

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ISBN: 9781783446827
Publication date: 03/10/2019
Publisher: Andersen Press
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9781783445684
Publication date: 05/10/2017
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783443338
Publication date: 01/10/2015
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783445684
Publication date: 5th October 2017
Author: Chris Van Allsburg
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical

About Chris Van Allsburg

Chris van Allsburg lives in Providence, Rhode Island and lectures at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a sculptor and artist, who first won the Caldecott Medal for Jumanji and then won it again for Polar Express.

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