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This blog is based on the book, “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. Please read the book. Enjoy the movie, but first – READ THE BOOK. Enter a comment for each of the following questions. Also, respond to at least 2 others student’s comments.

How do you feel?

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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?

A Simple Bell

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

Descriptive Language

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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?

What does it represent?

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

Hear the Bell

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

Magical Journey

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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?

A Meaningful Gift

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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.