The Polar Express


Bibliographic Information: Van, Allsburg Chris. The Polar Express. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985. Print.

Brief Annotation: It’s Christmas Eve. The train pulls into the front yard, and the conductor calls it the Polar Express and it’s destination, the North Pole.  Through many adventures with other kids his age, one particular little boy learns that believing is seeing.  Seeing isn’t believing.

Genre: Free Choice (Picture)

Grade Level: Grades K-3

Readers who will like this: Any child with some Christmas spirit will enjoy this tale.  Also, students that enjoy adventures will get a kick as the icy trek brings the Polar Express to the North Pole.

Rating/Response: 5. This book does an excellent job capturing the human spirit.  Bringing us through wonder and enchantment as well as doubting what we believe.  Whether you believe in Santa Claus or not, it can teach you a very important lesson.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: How many people would like to go to the North Pole?

Posted by: Natalie Hager


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