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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 061861169X
ISBN-13: 9780618611690
Sku: 31232436
Publish Date: 10/19/2005
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 11.5H x 9.5L x 0.75T
Pages:  32
Age Range:  8 to 16
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 told me I'd never hear--the ringing of Santa's sleigh. (from the first line)
For twenty years, The Polar Express has been a worldwide bestseller and Christmas
classic. To commemorate this special anniversary, this heirloom gift edition has been created. The slipcase holds a cloth copy of the book, which includes a distinctive bookplate designed by author Chris Van Allsburg exclusively for this edition. A perfect keepsake for any family, this beautiful edition can be handed down to each new generation of readers.
In 1986 The Polar Express 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.
From the Publisher:
A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus, in a slip-cased gift edition of the holiday classic. A Caldecott Medal Book.
On Christmas Eve a young boy who truly believes in Santa Claus is invited to board the Polar Express--a train that brings him and other young believers directly to the North Pole. Once there, the boy is chosen by Santa himself to receive the very first gift of the Christmas season. The gift the boy selects, a bell from the harness of one of Santa's reindeers, becomes a magical reminder of the boy's very special night. A look at not only the magic of Christmas, but also at the power of faith and the wonder of innocence, THE POLAR EXPRESS is illustrated with carefully detailed pastel oil paintings on brown paper and is the winner of the 1986 Caldecott Medal.
Author Bio
Chris Van Allsburg
Chris Van Allsburg studied art and sculpture at the University of Michigan and the Rhode Island School of Design. A talented sculptor, Van Allsburg was encouraged to create picture books by author/illustrator David Macaulay. His first book, THE GARDENS OF ABDUL GASAZI, was published in 1979. JUMANJI, published two years later, won the Caldecott Medal, as did 1985's THE POLAR EXPRESS.
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