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Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg Book Blog
Tuesday, 12 October 2004

The boy's friend told him that Santa doesn't exist, but the boy continues to believe. Think of a time in your own life that you have experienced this situation. How does it feel to keep firm when other people tell you you are wrong?

Posted by teachfine at 11:21 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 12 October 2004 6:29 PM EDT

Notice how Van Allsburg adds to his descriptions of the train ride to the North Pole by comparing one thing to another (give some examples). How does this kind of descriptive language add to the story for you?

Posted by teachfine at 11:20 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 12 October 2004 6:28 PM EDT

The boy can ask Santa Claus for anything in the world. Why do you think he chooses a simple bell?

Posted by teachfine at 11:19 AM EDT

Why can the boy still hear the bell as an adult, while his sister and friends cannot?

Posted by teachfine at 11:15 AM EDT

What do you think Van Allsburg wants the bell to represent?

Posted by teachfine at 11:09 AM EDT

Imagine you are able to go on a magical journey like the boy. Where do you go? How do you get there? How are you changed by the experience?

Posted by teachfine at 11:05 AM EDT

The boy chooses a simple, meaningful gift over a fancy gift that is meaningless. Think of someone you love very much. What kind of gift could you give that person that would mean as much as the boy's bell? It doesn't have to be a real object.

Posted by teachfine at 11:04 AM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 12 October 2004 6:28 PM EDT

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