The Polar Express
It’s a good thing we love (LOVE!) Tom Hanks, because we’re not sure it’d be as easy, otherwise, to forgive him for screwing up our memories of one of the best books from our childhood.
(Okay, fine–– it’s really Bob Zemekis who we should blame, but he’s the guy that gave us Back to the Future… so, that won’t work either.)
Let’s just collectively agree that the movie doesn’t exist, and that Chris Van Allsburg’s Calcecott Medal-winning book from 1986 is the one and only Polar Express that’s worth remembering.
When Skeptical Boy (that’s what we like to call him) gets whisked away to the North Pole to meet Santa, and is then given the choice of any present he would like, he chooses that one simple bell from Santa’s sleigh. And though it fell through his pocket on the train ride home, imagine how awesome it was to wake up Christmas morning and find it sitting there, wrapped up nicely in a little box behind the tree.
Beautiful drawings, a sweet, timeless story, and a heart-warming message all combine to make The Polar Express a simply amazing book. If you haven’t read it in a while (like THAT’S possible, since we know that everyone reads it to their kids every Christmas…), give it a read.
And then listen hard, just to make sure you still hear that bell.
We ♥ The Polar Express.