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The Polar Express

The Polar Express( )
Author: Van Allsburg, Chris
ISBN:978-1-86401-541-6
Publication Date:Jan 2002
Publisher:Hawker Brownlow Education
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:AUD $21.95
Book Description:

One magical Christmas eve, a young boy boards the Polar Express and finds himself in North Pole City. He meets Santa, receives the first gift of the season, a silver bell. Next morning the boy and his sister marvel at its beautiful ring, but his parents think it's broken for only believers can hear the sound. Activities in this Literature Unit delve deeper into the themes and characterizations found in The Polar Express.

Author Biography
Van Allsburg, Chris (Author)
Considered to be one of the foremost authors and illustrators of surrealistic fantasy for children, Chris Van Allsburg was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1949. He received his B. F. A. at the University of Michigan and his M. F. A. at the Rhode Island School of Design. He married Lisa Morrison and currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Van Allsburg's work is highly praised for the excellent artisanship of his illustrations, which often have a surreal element. His first book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979), concerning a lost dog found by a magician, and his second book, Jumanji (1981), about a strange board game that comes to life, brought him quick praise. Jumanji won the Caldecott Medal in 1982. The Polar Express (1985), Van Allsburg's most popular book, deals with the idea that the ability to believe in things beyond one's experiences helps to keep a person young. It also won a Caldecott Medal in 1986. Other books by Van Allsburg include The Z was Zapped, and Just a Dream, a story about a boy who learns to be ecological.

Van Allsburg's sculptures have also been exhibited at many New York galleries. 030



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