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The Polar Express

The Polar Express

Written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express Starring Tom Hanks Steams Onto the Big Screen!

Learn all about about Chris Van Allsburg's THE POLAR EXPRESS, the new motion picture starring Tom Hanks, and much more!


The Polar Express has become a holiday classic since its first publication. To celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of The Polar Express, we have created a deluxe gift package including both CD and cassette recordings of Liam Neeson reading the holiday favorite.

A Caldecott Award Winner

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book

"The sumptuous pastel effects—train lights seen through falling snow and a vertiginous overhead view, from Santa's sleigh, of his popular city—make this one of Van Allsburg's most treasured visions." — Newsweek

Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, the boy boards the mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express, bound for the North Pole. When the boy arrives, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the harness of the reindeer. The gift is granted. On the way home, the bell is lost. On Christmas morning the boy finds the bell under the tree. When he shakes it, it makes the most beautiful sound he's ever heard. The mother of the boy admires the bell, but laments that it is broken — for you see, only true believers can hear the sound of the bell.

In strange and moving shades of full-color art, Chris Van Allsburg creates an otherworldly classic of the Christmas season. Now available: deluxe fifteenth anniversary edition.


The Polar Express: 15th Anniversary Audio Package
(package contains both a CD and a cassette reading, a hardcover book, and a tree ornament)

Acceptance Speech Text: 1986 Caldecott Medal for The Polar Express



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