The Polar Express by Chris Van AllsburgThe 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.
The Polar Express
Sign in. Alex Borstein , RuPaul , and other stars at the Emmys answer our fans' burning questions. Watch now. Title: The Polar Express An animated retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
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Since it was first published, The Polar Express has become a Christmas classic. Chris Van Allsburg, the author and illustrator, has received numerous accolades for this heartwarming Christmas story, including the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal , awarded in for the quality of the illustrations in this picture book. While on one level, The Polar Express is the story of a little boy's magical train ride to Santa's workshop at the North Pole, on another level it's a story about the power of faith and belief. We recommend The Polar Express for children five and older as well as teens and adults. The narrator, an old man, shares his memories of the magical Christmas experience he had as a boy and its life-long impact. Almost all of the story takes place on a dark and snowy night. Is it a dream or is there really a train outside his house?
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. Later that night he hears not bells but a very different sound. He looks out his window and is astounded to see a steam engine parked in front of his house! The conductor invites him to board the Polar Express, a train filled with children on their way to the North Pole.
Not creepy in an unpleasant way, but in that sneaky, teasing way that lets you know eerie things could happen. There's a deeper, shivery tone, instead of the mindless jolliness of the usual Christmas movie. This one creates a world of its own, like " The Wizard of Oz " or " Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory ," in which the wise child does not feel too complacent. Those who know the Chris Van Allsburg book will feel right at home from the opening moments, which quote from the story: " On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed. He is at just the age when the existence of Santa Claus is up for discussion. The look of the film is extraordinary, a cross between live action and Van Allsburg's artwork.