The beloved Christmas book, The Polar Express, written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg is having its 30th Anniversary. The publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and the author are celebrating by having special editions of the book made with a keepsake ornament and audio version read by Liam Neeson that you can download with purchase. The 30th Anniversary Edition also has a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. What a wonderful gift for the holiday season!
I love this story of a boy that goes on a magical train ride on Christmas Eve to the North Pole to be given a special gift from Santa Claus. My family has enjoyed riding The Polar Express train ourselves. We love the book, with its lovely illustrations and wonderful story and listening to it while we ride. I had not had a copy of this book for my own library, so when given the chance to review it I took it. It captures all of the magic of the holiday season and reminds us to keep the Christmas spirit with us long after we have grown.
The added bonuses for the 30th Anniversary Edition are fantastic. The golden "All Aboard" ornament is in a small bag fastened inside the back jacket cover. It is a Train with the words "The Polar Express" and "All Aboard" around it. I love the download of the audio version of the book. Liam Neeson does a fabulous job at the reading and narration. I love his voice. You can also go to polarexpress.com for activities, recipes, and prizes, plus a Christmas Countdown Calendar! Make sure to enter to win the All Aboard for The Polar Express Durango, Colorado Sweepstakes while you are there!
All Aboard for The Polar Express Durango, Colorado Sweepstakes!
Want to win a FREE Trip on THE POLAR EXPRESS for your family next holiday season?
One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive:
- Four tickets to ride THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride in gorgeous Durango, Colorado*
- Four round-trip airfare tickets
- Two nights in a hotel
- Four free ski lift tickets to Purgatory Resort
- A free signed copy of The Polar Express: 30th Anniversary Edition
*Per Official Rules, one accompanying person to the Grand Prize winner must be a child under the age of 18. Official entrant must be over the age of 18. **Sweepstakes Runs October 15-December 31, 2015. Rules and Restrictions Apply. No Purchase Necessary.
Also, be sure to check out a rail event near you to ride The Polar Express for yourself! Ours is through Mt. Hood Railroad in Oregon.
You can also Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of The Polar Express by sharing a memory of the beloved holiday classic using #ReadandBelieve. For every post on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instagram made between October 15, 2015 and December 31, 2015, HMH will donate a copy of The Polar Express to Christmas in the City. Happy holidays!
You can connect with HMH Kids on Facebook, Pinterest and @HMHKids on Twitter.
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