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The Polar Express with CD: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition

byChris Van Allsburg

Hardcover | October 28, 1985

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The Polar Express is a treasured holiday tradition. This lavish gift set includes a CD audio recording read by Liam Neeson, a keepsake All Aboard" ornament, and a note from author Chris Van Allsburg.Awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1986, The Polar Express has sold more than 7 million copies, become a classic holiday movie, and been translated into stage productions that take place across the United States during the holiday season. "
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. I...
Title:The Polar Express with CD: Twenty-fifth Anniversary EditionFormat:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 11.72 × 9.28 × 0.46 inPublished:October 28, 1985Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0395389496

ISBN - 13:9780395389492

Appropriate for ages: 7 - 7


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Story Love the book. Love the movie. Only wished I bought it sooner.
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Polar Express Book If you have the movie and/or watched it, you have to purchase the book, to complete the set.  This Christmas tale becomes a traditional read every year.
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great bedtime read My children (3 and 4 years old) and husband love this book and read it for bedtime all of December leading up to Christmas. Love how it keeps the spirit of Christmas alive.
Date published: 2009-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Childhood Favourite My mother used to read this book to me. It's easily one of my favourite Christmas stories. Great illustrations and an overall amazing story.
Date published: 2004-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best in the world I read it in grade 2 and it was the best book I read in my life.
Date published: 2001-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all-time favorites This book was read to me when I was in the first grade. I am now 21, and still feel that this is one of my favorite stories. My boyfriend bought the hardcover version of this book for me last Christmas, and I know it is a book that I will read to my children one day. Even after all this time, I remember this story very clearly, and everyone I know who has read it has come away with a really warm feeling inside. I definitely recommend this story to those who are a "kid at heart", and love Christmas not for it's material present-giving components, but for what Christmas is supposed to be about.
Date published: 2000-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Santa's not just for kids! What a wonderful story that reminds everyone that Santa exists to everyone that believes in him. It's also a wonderful reminder that Santa is more than a guy in a big red suit.
Date published: 2000-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you believe... It has been a couple years since i have read this book, and I still love it! the story of a little boy and Santa is one to treasure for always! It is creatively written and the illustrations are ones to treasure. This story will stay in your heart for years to come. A new 'classic'.
Date published: 1999-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Express into Your Heart After reading and memorizing most of the christmas stories, the Polar Express opened my eyes to a new and wonderful experience. After reading it, The Polar Express has become one of the favorite chirstmas stories in my family, and has become a tradition of reading the book on chirstmas eve. A wonderful book for anyone young, or young at heart.
Date published: 1999-11-23

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 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. All aboard for the North Pole!

Editorial Reviews

"Even the most hardened Santa doubters might find in The Polar Express the faith to believe again." American Bookseller"As always, the forms are sculptured, the perspectives as dazzling as they are audacious, the colors rich and elegant, the use of light and shadow masterly." Horn Book Guide"The Polar Express is magic indeed." The New York Times"The sumptuous pastel effects-train lights seen through falling snow and a vertiginous overhead view, from Santa's sleigh, of his popular city-make this one of Van Allsburg's most treasured visions." Newsweek"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. Van 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."