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The Polar Express 1st (first) edition Text Only Hardcover – 2009
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This is the 25th anniversary edition. It is supposed to come with a CD (attached to the front inside cover) and an ornament. MAKE SURE YOURS HAS THE ORNAMENT, YOU PAID FOR IT! The first copy I received did not come with an ornament so I contacted Amazon and they sent me a new copy. I received the new one today and it had the ornament attached to the inside of the dust jacket in the back of the book. You will NOT receive a bell ornament. The one that comes with this edition says "All Aboard!"
When this huge box from Amazon showed up, I assumed Amazon was out of smaller shipping boxes. My husband and I couldn't stop laughing when we pulled this book out of the box.
This book is perfect for large audiences (classrooms). Depending on your size, you may need help holding and turning the pages - my husband is 6 foot and he would have benefited from having an assistant page turner.
The only issue I encountered was the book arrived damaged, torn dust jacket and mark on hard cover. In the end I guess it wasn't enough for me to send it back and deal with the hassle of a return. This does not effect the use of the book at all, which is a great purchase!
The first key difference is the artwork itself. The book's simple watercolors do not match the rich color and detail of the movie. It is more akin to something that you would see in a children's book from the early 1900s. Even so, it affords the book a certain "antique" quality that is quite in keeping with the timeless story that it tells.
The book's construction is exceptional with heavy, glossy pages held together by a tight binding. The book itself is contained in a very nice dust jacket that conforms very well to the book's shape. This book is perfect for display on a coffee table around the holidays or perhaps in the room with your Christmas tree on a small table.
The book holds an audio CD containing a narration acted by the great Liam Neeson. (He did the voiceover for the lion Aslan in the Narnia movies.) His deeply resonant voice flows like the Polar Express' signature hot chocolate. The CD is perfect for playing in your children's room while they go to sleep or in the car while you drive around a country road taking in holiday lights.
Without providing any spoilers, the book's theme is about the magic of the secular Christmas tradition. In a way, it emphasizes the importance of maintaining a childlike sense of wonder and appreciation for Christmas. While the book is in fact secular, it does contain an underlying message of believing in things that you cannot always see. All in all, I am deeply pleased to give this holiday treasure 5 stars. If you love the movie as much as I love it then you will love this book too.