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  The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Review by: Bonnie C.
Maryland, Grade 4

A boy hears a whistle outside his house and finds the Polar Express train parked in front of his door. He rides with other children on the train to the North Pole. There, he is chosen to receive the first gift of Christmas. Are you wondering what that gift could be? Read it to find out what happens next!

Our class loved this book because it was full of adventure, it had some surprises, and excellent details. Chris Van Allsburg's illustrations are life-like with an animated look. They are as colorful as always. Look for the dog he includes in every book! We loved the ending. The author always makes a reader want to turn to the next page. We recommend this book to anyone who loves the magic of Christmas or the writing of Chris Van Allsburg.

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