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The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
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Feb 05, 2012

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First of all, the book is a traditional holiday classic. The color scheme used has a lot of yellow, depicting light and sources of happiness in the book. For example, the windows of the train had lights, inside the train were children eating and being merry, the North Pole was full of lights, where Santa and his elves live and work to make toys - happiness galore. Santa always wears red, depicting warmth and attention - he is the big guy giving out gifts. This book used borders for the effect of looking through the adventure of this little boy traveling to the North Pole. The text placement in this book is off to the side, using normal font - nothing fancy or special. The illustration on each page takes up 3/4 of each spread. The orientation of the book is landscape, so the adventures and scene can be fully depicted. The point of view is foreground - we are watching everything in front row view as it happens. The texture of this book isn't so great, I mean - there's snow and there's Santa's beard, but it doesn't really scream "touch me". However, that could be due to the fact that this is a dream, it isn't reality therefore it is "fuzzy" and depicted as the "illusion" of the child. Overall, nice book, but not amazing.
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