Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Polar Express

I just love how Chris Van Allsburg captures the magic of Christmastime with a blast of a train whistle and the tinkling of a sleigh-bell.

Many of you are familiar with The Polar Express because of the animated movie released in 2004.  However, check out this book (c. 1985) to discover why author / illustrator Chris Van Allsburg was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1986 for his breathtaking illustrations.  View his acceptance speech here.

 Here's my cousin's son looking at his favorite Christmas book The Polar Express:


  1. I have the original box set of book, bell and cassette that I bought for my children way back in the 80's. Last week I gave it to my granddaughter. She loved the story but was quite puzzled by the cassette tape and of course, no one has a tape player so she can hear William Hurt read the story!
    It's truly a Christmas classic book in our family.

  2. Haydin was pretty excited to see his picture Emily. This was also his daddy's favorite Christmas book when he was a little boy. Thanks for posting.