Chris Van Allsburg
Late one Christmas Eve, a boy boards a mysterious train: The Polar Express bound for the North Pole. The train takes him to the center of the city, where Santa offers the boy any gift he desires. He asks for one bell from Santa’s sleigh, but he loses the bell on his way home. It is through a Christmas morning miracle that the bell is miraculously found wrapped beneath the Christmas tree. Although the boy's parents admire the bell, they believe it to be broken when they cannot hear it ring - for you see, only believers can hear the sound of Santa’s sleigh bells.