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 an author’s note and audio narration by Liam Neeson.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Sold by:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Lexile:||520L (what's this?)|
|File size:||92 MB|
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|Age Range:||5 - 8 Years|
About the Author
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. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at chrisvanallsburg.com.
Hometown:Providence, Rhode Island
Date of Birth:June 18, 1949
Place of Birth:Grand Rapids, Michigan
Education:University of Michigan College of Architecture & Design, 1972; Rhode Island School of Design, MFA, 1975
Read an Excerpt
"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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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I love the Polar Express so much I could read it all day and even though im only 9 I am possitive that will be adults favorite book too.
A picture book that has been around for thirty years; It is a classic for a reason. A beautiful story for all ages. kkb librarian
There could be a lesson learned from reading this book. The story is beautiful and bittersweet. While it is mainly a Christmas story, it can be read anytime.