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  • Published: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 1985.
  • Year Published: 1985
  • Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 24 x 30 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 520

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0395389496 :



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The Polar Express

by Van Allsburg, Chris.

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Where To Find It

Call number: E VAN, R Caldecott Medal 1986

Available Copies: Downtown Youth Holidays, Malletts Youth, Traverwood Youth, West Youth

Additional Details

Youth level.

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

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Love Chris Van Allsburg

This is one of the best Christmas stories. The beautiful illustrations compliment the interesting story.

definitely a classic holiday book

Love the gorgeous illustrations!


The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is a classic, and a perfect one to read on Christmas Eve. The book’s beautiful wintery illustrations won a Caldecott medal, and its story is compelling enough to make anyone believe in Santa—even if just for a minute. What kid didn’t want to be the protagonist and get taken by train to the North Pole?

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