Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Polar Express

51jZ05ThRWLThe Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition
Written by Chris Van Allsburg
Published at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

About the book

A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . 

Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. 

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. Includes author’s note, downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson, and golden "All Aboard" ornament.

My Thoughts

I’ve always wanted to get this book to read during the Christmas season.  So I was very pleased to have the opportunity to get a copy of the 30th Anniversary Edition of the book.  

Contrary to the movie, the story in the book is not that long.   Beautiful illustrations are complementing the story as you go through the pages.   The story is simple and will present the magic of Santa Claus.   The book itself is a hardcover book and would make a wonderful book to discover during the season of Christmas.  

Personally, I really enjoy this story and I have no problem to read this book and watch the movie with my children.  However, I know that for many Christian parents the subject of Santa Claus is a touchy subject.   We have decided not to dwell too long on Santa because it is a fictitious character.  We prefer emphasizing the birth of Christ in our yearly celebration.    The book is a beautiful story which bring joy to the kids when I read it.    The important thing for us during the season is to spend time as a family.  Reading together brings memory.   And this book will be part of our memories this year.

And to complete the book, a gold All Aboard ornament can be found at the back of the story.   Also, you have the possibility to download the story in order to put it on your portable device and allow your children to listen to it while you are driving.   You can also visit to discover activities, recipes, and a Christmas Countdown calendar.

The Polar Express 30th Anniversary Edition is available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, even on and


Disclaimer: Thanks to Thomas Allen for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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