By: Chris Van Allsburg
The Polar Express
"The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg is about a young boy who meets Santa Claus. The boy is picked up by the magical Polar Express train and taken to the North Pole. Santa picks him to recieve the first gift of Christmas and the boy picks a sleigh bell. He puts it in his pocket and he realizes, too late, that it fell out. On Christmas day, though, it is under his Christmas tree with a note signed "Mr C."
"The Polar Express" takes place on Christmas Eve during the night. There are 3 different settings. There is the Polar Express, the North Pole, and the boys house. I think the author chose these settings because the boy meets Santa Claus, hence the North Pole. The Polar Express is the same because it takes him to the North Pole. They kind of go hand in hand. The boys house is in the story because the resolution take place in that setting.
The two main characters in "The Polar Express" are the boy and Santa Claus. The boy has brown hair, he is nice and kind, and he receives the very important first gift of Christmas. Santa Claus has white hair and a beard, he is kind, and he gives the first gift of Christmas to the boy. However, the two characters are flat. They are flat because even though they are the main characters, you do not learn a lot about them.
The theme of "The Polar Express" is Always Believe. I think this because in the story it said that the boy, his sister, and his friends could hear the sleigh bells sweet sound, however his parents could not. Over time, the bell became silent for all of them, but not for the boy, because he truly believed.