Book Reviews For Kids

The Polar Express, Chris Van Allsburg

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Just looking at the book cover brings me back to my elementary school library. I can almost smell the pages that six-year-old me sifted through when she found this book!

Great for Christmas-time and Beyond!

This is a book that will stand the test of time for readers of all ages. I love this book so much that I bought a bell to use in a read aloud for my first grade students: they nearly died when I pulled it out of my pocket, told them it was the very same bell from the story and that I couldn’t hear it ringing while they took turns shaking it like there was no tomorrow. Some even held it right next to my ear as I playfully pretended not to hear a even the tiniest peep!

Of course, this is a wonderful read for you and the little ones in your family to read before bedtime on a cold winter evening, but honestly, I think it’s a perfect read for any time of the year.

My kids at school were constantly choosing this book during free reading time, so much so that I kept it out for the rest of the school year, long after the Christmas story book box went out of fashion in the classroom and school library.

The themes of faith and belief coupled with the ultimate childhood fantasy of meeting the real Santa in the actual North Pole is something that will tickle anyone’s fancy, irrespective of the time of year and regardless of age.

If you don’t have this book, cannot purchase it or check it out from your local library, but you do have internet access, there is an awesome read aloud done by Liam Neeson on YouTube of this story (his voice is perfect for it). Click the link, full-screen that video and sit back and enjoy hearing it on your own or with family.

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