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The Polar Express

The Polar Express

by Chris Van Allsburg Illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

Late one Christmas Eve, a boy boards a mysterious train: The Polar Express bound for the North Pole. Once there, Santa offers the boy any gift he desires. The boy asks for one bell from the harness of a reindeer. The bell is lost. On Christmas morning, the boy finds the bell under the tree. The boy's mother admires the bell, but laments that it is broken — for you see, only believers can hear the sound of the bell.

Ages
6, 7, 5
Interest Level
Grades K - 2
Grade Level Equivalent
4.9
Lexile Measure
520L
DRA
30
Guided Reading
N
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Company
Genre
Adventure, Classics, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths

About the Author and Illustrator

Chris Van Allsburg Two-time Caldecott winner Chris Van Allsburg is the author and illustrator of several books, including The Polar Express and Jumanji .
Chris Van Allsburg Two-time Caldecott winner Chris Van Allsburg is the author and illustrator of several books, including The Polar Express and Jumanji .

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