The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
A beautiful Christmas story that warms you up, even on the coldest nights.
Chris Van Allsburg has created a wonderful and beloved story. Although, it is no more than 32 pages and mostly filled with illustrations, the story stands strong in itself and in our memories after reading it.
A boy is awakened on Christmas Eve by a train that is on its way to the North Pole. Every child’s dream, right? The story is beautifully illustrated, while reading it you can almost see the snow fall, feel the heat from the thousands of lights and hear the sound of the bells from Santa’s sleigh.
I knew that I could have any gift I could imagine. But the thing I wanted most for Christmas was not inside Santa’s giant bag. What I wanted more than anything was one silver bell from Santa’s sleigh.
The main character, the young boy, only has one wish. It’s not a present, but a silver bell from Santa’s sleigh, so he was sure to remember the sound of it and the enchanted memory of what he had just experienced. One of those situations where you have to pinch your own arm and everything seems as magic instead of reality.
It’s definitely a must on your Christmas-reading-list. It’s a beautiful Christmas story about not losing your childish faith and keeping the eternal hope of something bigger.