Sample text for The Polar Express / written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg.

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Counter "On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed. I did not rustle
the sheets. I breathed slowly and silently. I was listening for a sound -- a
sound a friend had told me I'd never hear -- the ringing bells of Santa's
sleigh. 'There is no Santa,' my friend had insisted, but I knew he was wrong.
Late that night I did hear sounds, though not of ringing bells. From outside
came the sounds of hissing steam and squeaking metal. I looked through my
window and saw a train standing perfectly still in from of my house."

Copyright (C) 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg. All rights reserved.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: North Pole Fiction, Santa Claus Fiction, Christmas Fiction