Parents' Guide to

The Polar Express

By Mary Dixon Weidler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

One of the most beautiful Christmas books.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 3+

good book

the book is almost better than the movie! and i LOVE the movie

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 5+

its grate

it is a grate book i was amazed how my child was reading the book

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Children will listen intently to every word and study every picture as this beautiful and mysterious story unfolds. This tale's appeal traverses all age groups because it avoids the cuteness of many Santa stories and instead deals with deep magic. By the end of the story, the boy realizes that many people outgrow their belief in Santa, as one by one his friends and family stop hearing the bell. His own belief, however, rings true to the end.

The illustrations by Chris Van Allsburg, a sculptor by training, invite readers to crawl into each scene. The night is seen in shades of darkness. Van Allsburg uses surprising perspectives on many pages, such as the view from below the train bridge as the Express glides toward the North Pole.

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