The Polar Express Sleigh Bell Gift Set | Magical Bells - Authentic, Premium Sleigh BellsThe book is now widely considered to be a classic Christmas story for young children. For the work, Van Allsburg won the annual Caldecott Medal for illustration of an American children's picture book in , his second. The book is set partially in Grand Rapids, Michigan , the author's home town, and was inspired in part by Van Allsburg's memories of visiting the Herpolsheimer's and Wurzburg's department stores as a child. A young boy is awakened on Christmas Eve night by the sound of a train. To his astonishment, he finds the train is waiting for him.
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The book is set partially in Grand Rapids, Michigan , Allsburg's home town. In , it was adapted into an Oscar-nominated motion-capture film starring Tom Hanks , directed by Robert Zemeckis and with Van Allsburg as the executive producer. One Christmas Eve, a boy is laying quietly in his bed, listening for the ringing bells of Santa's sleigh, despite that a friend told him that Santa does not exist. He suddenly hears the sounds, not of Santa's sleigh, but a train stopping in front of his house. A Conductor steps outside and looks at his window, prompting him to come outside. The Conductor explains that the train, called the Polar Express , is going to the North Pole , so the boy puts out his hand and is pulled aboard. On the train, there are other children wearing their pajamas, singing carols, eating candy and drinking hot cocoa.
Later that night he hears not bells but a very different sound.
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Since it was first published, The Polar Express has become a Christmas classic. Chris Van Allsburg, the author and illustrator, has received numerous accolades for this heartwarming Christmas story, including the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal , awarded in for the quality of the illustrations in this picture book.
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