Book Review: The Polar Express by Chis Van Allsburg

Looking for your next read? Check out The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, reviewed by Fulco Library staff, Anne A:

Imagine boarding a magical train to the North Pole and getting to visit Santa Claus. It’s every little boy and girls’ dream. This classic story tells what happens one Christmas Eve when one lucky little boy experiences this dream. He boards the Polar Express with many other children to visit the North Pole. When they arrive, Santa chooses our narrator to receive the first gift of Christmas.  He chooses a single silver bell from Santa’s sleigh. On Christmas morning when he shows his parents, they can’t hear it ring. Only the boy and his sister hear the beautiful sound. Only those who believe in Santa can hear the sleigh bell. The narrator says at the end of the story, “Through I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all that truly believe.”

This wonderful story captured my imagination as a child.  Now that my son is old enough, I read it to him. He doesn’t quite get the message yet, but he loves the beautiful illustrations and the train itself. The message of believing in something magical resonates with me even today.  When things get hectic during the holiday season, I think it’s important to slow down and savor the wonder of the season.

The Polar Express is available as a read-along eBook on Overdrive and Hoopla. It is also available as a print picture book that you can place on hold and check out at Curbside Pickup.  Borrow this magical holiday classic tonight and enjoy some Christmas cheer.

The Polar Express

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