The Polar Express

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Bibliographic Info: Van, A. C. (1985). The Polar Express. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co.

Annotation:  A young boy is woken up by a train passing his window.  It is the Polar Express, taking kids to the North Pole.  When he is there he is offered the first gift of christmas and he chooses a bell from Santa’s sleigh.  He loses it on his way back home but it is given back to him the next morning wrapped under the tree.  He is mesmerized by the events of the night before.

Genre: Fantasy

Grade level: 3-6

Readers who will like this book: I feel that all children would like this book.  Especially if they particularly like Christmas.

Response/Rating: I love Christmas so this book was perfect for me.  It is a very fun twist on the holiday.  I give this book a 5.

Question: What does your family do for the winter holidays?

Posted By: Natalie Gannon

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