The Polar Express

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  • Hardcover
  • 32 pages
  • The Polar Express
  • Chris Van Allsburg
  • English
  • 13 October 2017
  • 0395389496

About the Author: Chris Van Allsburg

Chris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18, 1949, the second child of Doris Christiansen Van Allsburg and Richard Van Allsburg His sister Karen was born in 1947 Chris s paternal grandfather, Peter, owned and operated a creamery, a place where milk was turned into butter, cream, cottage cheese, and ice cream It was named East End Creamery and after they bottled the milk and made the ot Chris was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 18, 1949, the second child of Doris Christiansen Van Allsburg and Richard Van Allsburg His sister Karen was born in 1947 Chris s paternal grandfather, Peter, owned and operated a creamery, a place where milk was turned into butter, cream, cottage cheese, and ice cream It was named East End Creamery and after they bottled the milk and made the other products they delivered it to homes all around Grand Rapids in yellow and blue trucks When Chris was born, his family lived in an old farm house next door to the large brick creamery building It was a very old house that, like the little house in Virginia Lee Burton s story, had once looked over farmland But by 1949, the house was surrounded by buildings and other houses Chris s father ran the dairy with Chris s three uncles after his grandfather Peter retired When Chris was three years old, his family moved to a new house at the edge of Grand Rapids that was part of a development a kind of planned neighborhood, that was still being built There remained many open fields and streams and ponds where a boy could catch minnows and frogs, or see a firefly at night It was about a mile and a half to Breton Downs School, which Chris walked to every day and attended until 6th grade, when the Van Allsburg family moved again The next house they lived in was an old brick Tudor Style house in East Grand Rapids It was a street that looked like the street on the cover of The Polar Express The houses were all set back the same distance from the street Between the street and the sidewalk grew enormous Elm trees whose branches reached up and touched the branches of the trees on the other side of the street Chris moved to this street with his mom, dad, sister, and two Siamese cats One named Fafner and the other name Eloise Chris went to junior and senior high school in East Grand Rapids He didn t take art classes during this time His interests and talents seemed to bein the area of math and science


The Polar Express 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 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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10 thoughts on “The Polar Express

  1. Will Byrnes says:

    A young boy is awakened from his Christmas Eve rest by a train that magically appears just outside his home Ignoring the demands of stranger danger, the boy climbs aboard, finding the car filled with other youngsters They are treated to goodies while en route to the north pole where Santa is to offer the first gift of Christmas to one of the passengers in a town square ceremony attended by all the elves as well as the transported youngsters Our hero is selected, and when asked what he would l A young boy is awakened from his Christmas Eve rest by a train that magically appears just outside his home Ignoring the demands of stranger danger, the boy climbs aboard, finding the car filled with other youngsters They are treated to goodies while en route to the north pole where Santa is to offer the first gift of Christmas to one of the passengers in a town square ceremony attended by all the elves as well as the transported youngsters Our hero is selected, and when asked what he would like, opts for a single bell from Santa s sleigh I knew that I could have any gift I could imagine But the thing I wanted most for Christmas was not inside Santa s giant bag What I wantedthan anything was one silver bell from Santa s sleigh When I asked, Santa smiled Then he gave me a hug and told an elf to cut a bell from a reindeer s har...

  2. Mischenko says:

    A Christmas favorite we read every year Beautiful story and illustrations A must

  3. Jean says:

    I so wanted to love this book I had heard many friends enthuse about The Polar Express, knew it had won awards, and have a soft spot myself for illustrated fantasy books for children But this particular one I found to be a little disappointing.Yes, it has magical elements In a way it is reminiscent of many Christmas stories, with the message that you just need to believe in Father Christmas and everything will turn out to be perfect It had elements from stories I love, such asThe Snowman , I so wanted to love this book I had heard many friends enthuse about The Polar Express, knew it had won awards, and have a soft spot myself for illustrated fantasy books for children But this particular one I found to be a little disappointing.Yes, it has magical elements In a way it is reminiscent of many Christmas stories, with the message that you just need to believe in Father Christmas and everything will turn out to be perfect It had elements from stories I love, such asThe Snowman , by Raymond Briggs In both stories a young child cannot sleep o...

  4. Duane says:

    Just gave a little nudge to my sleeping Christmas Spirit who rolled over and said, come back in two months.

  5. Anne says:

    What would you like for ChristmasI m still in the spirit of Christmas, because Christmas isn t until the 7th of January here in Ukraine So.. for me I ve always loved The Polar Expressmovie, It can even be said that it s my all time favourite Christmas movie, but up until now, I had never read the book There s no why to the story, sorry I ve read it now, and I m delighted to say I love it just as much as the movie maybe even a tad bit I love the moral of the story, abouWhat would you like for ChristmasI m still in the spirit of Christmas, because Christmas isn t until the 7th of January here in Ukraine So.. for me I ve always loved The Polar Expressmovie, It can even be said that it s my all time favourite Christmas movie, but up until now, I had never read the book There s no why to the story, sorry I ve read it now, and...

  6. Mario says:

    Though I ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.4.5I watched The Polar Express the movie as soon as it came out And it became one of my favorite Christmas movies And now I finally decided to read well, listen actually the book And the book was just as magical as the movie even though I do have to admit that I liked the movie a little bitOnething I want to mention is that Liam Neeson did an amazing job narrating the book If you haven t a Though I ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.4.5I watched The Polar Express the movie as soon as it came out And it became one of my favorite Christmas movies And now I finally decided to read well, listen actually the book And the book was just as magical as the movie even though I do have to admit that I liked the movie a little bitOnething I want to mention is that Liam Neeson did an amazing job narrating the bo...

  7. Manybooks says:

    Although I really do very much appreciate both the story the narrative and the illustrations, Chris Van Allsburg s The Polar Express ultimately simply feels but very mildly entertaining and actually manages to leave me rather flat and even somewhat unsatisfied The text reads sweetly and to a point evocatively enough but also rather on the surface, rather removed from what I would label as personal emotionality and so much so that I never do feel all that engaged and thuslike a dispass Although I really do very much appreciate both the story the narrative and the illustrations, Chr...

  8. Theresa says:

    Brings back wonderful memories for me A childhood favorite and timeless classic Beautiful story and gorgeous illustrations.

  9. Jennifer says:

    My general opinion of Chris Van Allsburg is that his books are made to appeal to adults, not children None of his books has ever been a favorite of my children This book is a perfect example The overall story has potential a Christmas Eve train that takes Santa believing children to the North Pole to witness the ritual of Santa giving the first gift of Christmas But page after page of illustration focuses on the landscape the train travels When the Polar Express arrives at the North Pole, My general opinion of Chris Van Allsburg is that his books are made to appeal to adults, not children None of his books has ever been a favorite of my children This book is a perfect example The overall story has potential a Christmas Eve train that takes Santa believing children to the North Pole to witness the ritual of Santa giving the first gift of Christmas But page after page of illustration focuses on the landscape the train travels When the Polar Express arrives at the North Pole, again the pictures are landscapes in which the streets thronged with elves are shown at such a distance that the elves are red smudges between the buildings The sto...

  10. Tamara says:

    The Story 3,5 starsThe Narration 5 stars Though I ve grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe Like the magical train ride, The Polar Express is a magical story, one that reader...