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11/26/10

Book Review/Giveaway: The Polar Express 25 years of Magic!

This giveaway is Closed.  
Winner will be announced tomorrow - thanks for joining in!


This year The Polar Express celebrates 25 years of magic!  Most of us know the movie staring Tom Hanks and those cute kids on that great big black train.  The hot chocolate scene is one of my favorites.  I think I got through most of the movie before I even realized that Tom Hanks did most of the characters - and that only adds to the magic.


Now, the book is somewhat different than the movie.  The kids and conductor all look the same, but the story itself is different.  Certain scenes from the movie were added (not in the book) but I think for a movie with additional scenes that the story itself wasn't ruined but only added to the excitement and suspense.


PhotobucketBook Summary:
One Christmas Eve many years ago, a boy lies in bed, listening hard for the bells of Santa's sleigh, which he had been told by a friend do not exist.  Later that night he hears not bells but a very different sound.  He looks out his window and is astounded to see a steam engine parked in front of his house!  The conductor invites him to board the Polar Express, a train filled with children on their way to the North Pole.








You can go to: polarexpress.com for activities, recipes and prizes, plus a Christmas Countdown calendar!

You can purchase a copy of The Polar Express if you're thinking Christmas Gifts at Amazon.com for $10.92!  Just click HERE to place your order.  Remember with a $25 order almost everything is eligible for FREE shipping! (This is for the Anniversary Edition according to Amazon)

Houton-Mifflin Publishing for Children has very kindly offered a copy of the 25th Anniversary Edition of the Polar Express to one of my readers.  The Anniversary Edition comes with a CD read by Liam Neeson and a Keepsake Ornament.

How can you WIN a copy of The Polar Express?
Mandatory: Leave a comment telling us if your kids still believe and if not, how did they learn the truth about Mr C?

Optional entries:  Just a couple that you can enter - IF you want to!  (Pls leave 1 comment per entry: +2=2 entries)

  • Follow ME on Twitter and tweet: "WIN a copy of the 25th Anniversary Edition of The Polar Express http://ning.it/i88k9E, #christmas, #family, #giveaways  RT @familyliteracy" (+2 entries, you can tweet this up to 2x's a day for 2 entries each)
  • Enter any of my other active giveaways on this blog and receive an entry for each one. Tell me in your comment which one it is.  (+1 entry)
** Pls leave your email address on EACH comment 
so I can contact you if you WIN **



This contest will run until 11/30 @ 10 pm and then the winner will be drawn by Random.org.  Once the winner is drawn and notified they will have 48 hours to contact me with their contact information.  Winner must provide a street address (no PO Boxes & be in the US).  Be sure to send your friends a link about this awesome giveaway!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of The Polar Express for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

72 comments:

  1. I'm visiting from the Friday Hop...and am now a follower!

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  2. OK Coupon Clippin' Daddy - I wasn't finished writing my post! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. we have 3 who are still believers
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  5. I don't have any children, but my nieces still believe in Santa!!

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  9. My kids still believe and I love it--it makes Christmas so magical!

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  12. My kids still believe in Santa Claus. They are 5 and 3 years old. Should be a fun Christmas - I don't know how long my daughter will last. She is very inquisitive. They love this book too! Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  19. My children all still believe in Santa. They are young (my oldest is 7) so I hope to still get a good couple of years yet! Children grow up so quickly that I think we should let them enjoy the magic & innocence of childhood as long as possible! Thank you!
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  20. This is one of my favorite Christmas books =)

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  21. My girls are 8 and 5 and they still believe although the 8-year-old is starting to get skeptical LOL.

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  22. This is our favorite movie. I did not know it came in a book, my little guy would love that. Both my kids 7 & 10 still believe in sanata clause. My oldest sometimes asks but she says I know he is real mom.

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  26. I don't have any children but my niece and nephew still believe in Santa. They are ages 9 and 4.
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  30. my two little once still believe

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  33. I now have grandchildren and they believe for sure!

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  35. My nieces and nephews still believe.
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  41. My daughter is still very young and she definitely believes!

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  52. I don't have kids, but my nephews would LOVE this book. They are young enough that they still believe!

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  55. Our children believe in Jesus :)

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