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The Polar Express Gift Set

The Polar Express Gift Set

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by Chris Van Allsburg, Michael Moss (Composer), Liam Neeson (Read by)

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The classic holiday favorite is now available in a newly designed gift package, featuring a dramatic reading by Liam Neeson (on both cassette and compact disk), a hardcover copy of The Polar Express, and a keepsake bell with ribbon.


The classic holiday favorite is now available in a newly designed gift package, featuring a dramatic reading by Liam Neeson (on both cassette and compact disk), a hardcover copy of The Polar Express, and a keepsake bell with ribbon.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Even the most hardened Santa doubters might find in THE POLAR EXPRESS the faith to believe again.”

American Bookseller

“A publishing phenomenon—an established picture-book classic.”

The New York Times

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Chris Van Allsburg's Caldecott-winning Christmas classic (HM, 1985) is 15 years old, but it is a timeless story that just keeps getting better. Actor Liam Neeson's authoritative, unhurried narration brings the story to life. Peaceful, unobtrusive orchestrations punctuate the text like falling snow. As the Polar Express pulls into town one Christmas Eve, offering a magical, unforgettable trip to the North Pole, a young boy boards the train. When Santa offers him the first gift of the season, the boy chooses one bell from the harness of a reindeer. On the return trip, the bell is lost, and Christmas for the boy seems to be ruined, until the bell reappears under the Christmas tree, with a mystery of its own, solved only by a belief in the spirit of Christmas. This release won't sit on the shelf long. Parents, teachers, and librarians everywhere will be grateful to have someone else read this tear-jerker in their stead. This well-written, impeccably presented package deserves all the attention it will get.-Kirsten Martindale, Buford Academy, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Edition description:
Book and cassette, 33 min.
Product dimensions:
9.77(w) x 15.71(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

On Christmas eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed. I did not rustle the sheets. I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound—a sound a friend had told me I’d never hear—the ringing bells of Santa’s sleigh.

Meet the Author

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children’s literature. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children.

Brief Biography

Providence, Rhode Island
Date of Birth:
June 18, 1949
Place of Birth:
Grand Rapids, Michigan
University of Michigan College of Architecture & Design, 1972; Rhode Island School of Design, MFA, 1975

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The Polar Express Gift Set 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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A classic for 18 years, now a movie, and here a book/cd AND a bell! You probably read this either to your children or to yourself growing up! This looks like the perfect way to pass it on to the next generation!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book when my 23 year old was a baby and we read it as a family every Christmas Eve ... and my other children are my 18 and 20 year old sons! It is a very cherished part of our rituals.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a true classic. Is it just for younger children?? No way. I am a 18 year old male and in college, and will be purchasing this book for someone special here. I know that it will be just perfect.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All growing up my father has read this to the family on Christmas Eve. It puts tears to his eyes and has a hard time reading the ending when the boy can no longer hear the"bell". Sometimes life passes so quickly that your imagination gets lost in the schuffle. It is a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book, along with how the grinch told christmas, is my favorite christmas book of all time. my family and i used to sit around the fire and listen to it being read aloud on pbs. last year when i couldn't find our copy i ran right out to the store to buy it so i wouldn't have a christmas without it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm 15 years old and I don't think this book should be recommended only for children of a younger age. For about 7 or so years now, my family and I have traded off reading the story to each other every Christmas eve. I will not let anyone go to sleep before it is read. I recommend it for children of all ages. It's a wonderful holiday story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My husband and I try to read this book aloud to each other every Christmas. I say try, because three out of three times we've ended up weeping with the sheer joy of it. For you non-sentimentalists out there, the pictures are really good, too. Kids really love this book, as it truly embodies the warmth, mystery and magic of the season.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book several times and it is a wonderful christmas story. Its a nice book to give to any one who has childern.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a favorite of my children when they were young. It is a great gift for those with young children. An enchanting story and is still one of our treasured Christmas traditions.