The Polar Express

Age Range: 4 Years to 8 Years
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The Polar Express

Format:  School and Library,

32 pages

Edition: Anniversary

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publish Date: Sep 2009

ISBN-13: 9780395389492

ISBN-10: 0395389496

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For twenty-five years, "The Polar Express "has been a treasured holiday classic. To commemorate this special anniversary, a lavish gift edition has been created. The 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.

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Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publish Date: Sep 2009
ISBN-13: 9780395389492
ISBN-10: 0395389496
Format: School and Library
Number of Pages: 32
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 11.75 x 9.25 x 0.5

About the author

Biography of Van Allsburg, Chris

Considered to be one of the foremost authors and illustrators of surrealistic fantasy for children, Chris Van Allsburg was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1949. He received his B. F. A. at the University of Michigan and his M. F. A. at the Rhode Island School of Design. He married Lisa Morrison and currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Van Allsburg's work is highly praised for the excellent artisanship of his illustrations, which often have a surreal element.

His first book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979), concerning a lost dog found by a magician, and his second book, Jumanji (1981), about a strange board game that comes to life, brought him quick praise. Jumanji won the Caldecott Medal in 1982. The Polar Express (1985), Van Allsburg's most popular book, deals with the idea that the ability to believe in things beyond one's experiences helps to keep a person young.

It also won a Caldecott Medal in 1986. Other books by Van Allsburg include The Z was Zapped, and Just a Dream, a story about a boy who learns to be ecological. Van Allsburg's sculptures have also been exhibited at many New York galleries.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 1988 (United States)
  • Caldecott Medal, 1986 (United States)
  • Bluegrass Award, 1987 (United States)
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, 1986 (United States)
  • Buckeye Children's Book Award, 1991 (United States)

Book description

For twenty-five years, The Polar Express has been a treasured holiday classic. To commemorate this special anniversary, a lavish gift edition has been created. The 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.

Customer Product Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5★ by 36reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great Bed Time Story My 2 year old son loves it when I read this sweet story to him before bed. He loves Thomas the Train and the Polar Express as well. 07/25/2009
Rated 5 out of 5★ by BEAUTIFUL KEEPSAKE WE TOOK OUR GRANDCHILDREN TO THE POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE AND WANTED THEM TO HAVE THEIR OWN KEEPSAKE BOOK TO WRITE IN AND REMIND THEM OF OUR SPECIAL EVENING TOGETHER. THEY ARRIVED PROMPTLY AND WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE THEM IN TIME FOR THEM TO READ THE STORY BEFORE THE TRIP. THANK YOU FOR CARRYING THIS PRODUCT. 12/29/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by love it When Christmas memories mean so much ; something like this can't be beat. 01/20/2012
Rated 4 out of 5★ by Good book I loved the book but the ornament was cheesey. 11/21/2013
Rated 2 out of 5★ by Not a book I think pre-schoolers will like I have an almost 3-yr. old grandson that loves all trains, but the Polar Express in particular. He has watched the movie many, many times. I thought the book would be great for him this Christmas, however; I was very disappointed after looking through the book once received. I expected this book to have pictures that would depict the movie, but instead it showed page after page of landscape/terrain that the train traveled through on its way to the North Pole. Most of the Polar Express movie took place on the train but there are only 2 pages that show pictures on the train and they are not very good (1 with kids sitting and 1 with waiters serving hot chocolate). They don't even show the conductor in any of the pages/pictures. I will still give this book to my grandson but only because I don't want to return it. 10/04/2010
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Best Xmas book ever!! a classic. Read this to your kids for a few years before they see the movie. 01/05/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Excellent Product I purchased this item as a gift. The recipient of this item was thrilled. This is a high quality item and goes excellent with the DVD. 04/28/2008
Rated 5 out of 5★ by a favorite the polor express is our new favorite book and movie.....i love it just as much as my grandchildren and i wanted to purchase the book to have for the holidays....it is a beautiful book with a wonderful story...the cd was an extra bonus and it came with an ornament....very very nice..... 02/16/2010
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