The Polar Express is a Christmas Book for Kids by Chris Van Allsburg.
For twenty years, The Polar Express has been a worldwide bestseller and a classic Christmas book for kids . A perfect keepsake for any family, this beautiful edition can be handed down to each new generation of readers.
In 1986, The Polar Express book was awarded the prestigious Caldecott Medal and hit the New York Times bestseller list. Since that time, more than six and a half million copies have been sold, and every December it faithfully reappears on national bestseller lists. In 2004, The Polar Express became a blockbuster holiday movie. The DVD release in 2005 assures, that like the book, the movie will become a holiday classic.
The Polar Express Book Summary
Late one Christmas Eve after the town has gone to sleep, the boy boards the mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives, Santa offers the boy any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the harness of the reindeer. The gift is granted. On the way home the bell is lost. On Christmas morning, the boy finds the bell under the tree. The mother of the boy admires the bell, but laments that it is broken—for you see, only believers can hear the sound of the bell.
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About Chris Van Allsburg Author of The Polar Express Christmas pdf Book
Chris Van Allsburg Author of The Polar Express Christmas pdf Book 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 be more in the area of math and science.
The Polar Express pdf, Paperback Hardcover Book Information
- Publisher : Houghton Mifflin; 1st edition (January 1, 1985)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 32 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0395389496
- ISBN-13 : 978-0395389492
- Reading age : 3 – 7 years, from customers
- Lexile measure : 520L
- Grade level : 2 – 3
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 11.75 x 0.5 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #178,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #679 in Children’s Christmas Books (Books)
- Customer Reviews: 4.7 out of 5 stars 1,021 ratings
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