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The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
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Oct 06, 2009

really liked it
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The soft colors and gentle shadings of Van Allsburg's illustrations contribute to the mood of mystery and support the dream-like quality of the story. Places and people seem to be suggestions of reality rather than concrete images. The soft covering of snow over each picture reminds the reader of looking into another world, as through a snow globe--a world of which the reader is not quite a part but wishes to go to. The use of light is effective in the story and contrasts with the shadows of the night time. The expansive pictures are uninterrupted by the words because they are separated from them with simple rectangular borders.
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