The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Once there, the boy is chosen by Santa himself to receive the very first gift of Christmas. Being told he can chose anything he wants, the boy choses the gift of his hearts desire….. a bell from Santa’s sleigh.
Written 25 years ago, this book has grown into a classic, with good reason. Beautifully written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express speaks of the pure magic and delight of the season. It leaves behind a world of materialism and cynicism and conjures a moment of belief and wonder. While it was made into a film a few years ago, I thoroughly recommend, in fact I insist, that you read this eloquent, gentle picture book, and share it with the entire family. The simplicity and innocence of the story and the beauty of the illustrations will warm your hearts on cold winter nights. The Polar Express is a powerful seasonal tradition in our house. It’s tender message speaks most poigniantly to those of us who can no longer hear the perfect clarity of the bell.
The Polar Express has had numerous reprintings since 1985. It is now available as a paperback picturebook with CD read by Liam Neeson.
Reviewed by Mary Esther Judy