The Polar Express Author:Chris Van Allsburg Since its publication in 1985, Chris Van Allsburg?s holiday classic has sold more than four million copies and has come to signify the essential spirit of Christmas for countless readers. Now, in celebration of its fifteenth anniversary, THE POLAR EXPRESS is available in a deluxe gift set, beautifully packaged and featuring a dramatic new readin... more »g of the timeless tale. The set includes a hardcover copy of the Caldecott Award?winning book, recordings of the story on both cassette and compact disc, and a commemorative ornament designed by Chris Van Allsburg. Readers young and old are sure to treasure this inspiring book, which brings to life the magic of Christmas for all who believe.« less
I know this is a classic book, and it certainly has wonderful illustrations; however, if your family doesn't do Santa, be warned that this is not the book for you. I also don't personally care for the "magic of childhood lost in adulthood" theme, maybe because I am lucky enough to be in the midst of a magical adulthood. In any case, as with most of Van Allsburg's work, it's best to preview this one before bringing it into your home.