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The Polar Express: 30th Anniversary Edition Paperback – Special Edition, 1 Oct 2015
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"You could do no better. Bittersweet, beautifully told, trad book." (The New Review (Supp.To the Observer) Christmas Books 2014)
"A magical Christmas tale that is not to be missed and shared with all the family." (Lovereading4Kids)
"Utterly perfect Christmas tale. One of the most atmospheric and perfectly paced Christmas stories ever written for children." (Read it Daddy! Blog)
"A book to keep and remember." (Newbury Weekly News, Caroline Franklin)
"This classic tale is beautifully illustrated and helps children understand the value of presents." (Smallish)
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Bought it for my children as part of their Christmas Eve box, this version comes with a fine metal ornament attached the the back cover and a code for a free downloadable audio version of the story. A lovely edition.
Ideal for telling on Christmas Eve and a lovely keepsake. I have also bought them a small box and silver sleigh bell to go with it, just for that extra touch of magic. Well it is Christmas.
The story bridges that gap in childhood that comes when the realisation dawns that Father Christmas is not a real person, but tells that there is still something to believe in your heart. In this beautifully illustrated book, the boy has a huge adventure on Christmas eve, travelling to the North Pole on a vast Steam Train, journeying through the frozen wastes to Santa's home where the elves are preparing his sleigh. The boy is chosen to receive the first gift of Christmas and, not wishing to be greedy, chooses a silver bell from the reindeer harness, which slips through a hole in his pocket and is lost.
It would spoil the story to tell the outcome - you will have to read it yourself!! The verson I bought also has a CD with the story read by Liam Neeson, twice. The first part straightforwardly, in the second a silver bell rings when it is time to turn the page and so a child who canot read can enjoy the magnificent pictures in context. I cannot recommend this book too highly for all believers and almost believers. As a companion to the DVD it is perfect.
I was looking for a new xmas book for my daughter and couldn't get the one I was looking for so ended up with this feeling a bit weary as I had seen the film of this a few months before xmas and found it odd looking and a bit overwhelming. BUT the book is lovely!
its calm and lovely and was a lovely story to read on xmas eve. very happy.
Would say that this is a small copy of the book with tiny font. Wish I had realised this sooner, would have bought a larger copy.
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