A 1985 hardcover copy of “The Polar Express” by award winning author, Chris Van Allsburg, who also wrote the book, “Jumanji.” This is a classic Christmas story for children that won the Caldecott Medal for illustration in 1986.
“Late one Christmas Eve after the town has gone to sleep, the boy boards the mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives, Santa offers the boy any gift he desires. The boy modestly asks for one bell from the harness of the reindeer. The gift is granted. On the way home the bell is lost. On Christmas morning the boy finds the bell under the tree. The mother of the boy admires the bell, but laments hat it is broken — for you see, only believers can hear the sound of the bell.
In strange and moving shades of full colour art, Chris Van Allsburg creates an otherworldly classic of the Christmas season. The Polar Express evokes the same sense of mystery as his previous imaginative books, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, Jumanji, and The Wreck of the Zephyr.”
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company, 1985 — 29th printing. Hardcover. (Dust Jacket included.)
Condition: Good (Endpaper has been detached at the spine from the title page. See picture. Dust jacket has some clear streaks, but pages are in excellent condition for its age.)