32 pages, 10.75 × 11.88 × 1 in
October 2, 1989
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 039548880X
ISBN - 13: 9780395488805
Read from the Book
"On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets. I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound -- a sound a friend had told me I'd never hear -- the ringing bells of Santa's sleigh.
'There is no Santa,' my friend had insisted, but I knew he was wrong.
Late that night I did hear sounds, though not of ringing bells. From outside came the sounds of hissing steam and squeaking metal. I looked through my window and saw a train standing perfectly still in from of my house."
Copyright (C) 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. All rights reserved.
From the Publisher
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa.
About the Author
William Hurt is a contributor for the following Houghton Mifflin Company Title: The Polar Express Gift Set
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 childrens literature. In 1982, Jumanji won the 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.
From Our Editors
Hop on board The Polar Express and take an exciting nighttime train ride to Santa Claus' house in the North Pole. It's Christmas Eve and a young boy hops on the sleek train after everyone in his hometown has gone to sleep. When he arrives at Santa's house, the boy gets to choose any toy he wants! Instead of choosing the most popular or expensive gift, the boy asks for one of the bells from the reindeers' harness. Chris van Allsburg received two Caldecott Medals for Jumanji and The Polar Express. He is internationally-renowned for his delightful illustrations and stories. This gift-set version of The Polar Express features a bell and cassette. All aboard for the North Pole!
"One couldn't select a more delightful and exciting premise for a children's book than the tale of a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip with other children to the North Pole. And one couldn't ask for a more talented artist and writer to tell the story than Chris Van Allsburg. Allsburg, a sculptor who entered the genre nonchalantly when he created a children's book as a diversion from his sculpting, won the 1986 Caldecott Medal for this book, one of several award winners he's produced. The Polar Express rings with vitality and wonder."