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Chris Van Allsburg

Autor(a) de The Polar Express

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About the Author

Considered to be one of the foremost authors and illustrators of surrealistic fantasy for children, Chris Van Allsburg was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1949. He received his B. F. A. at the University of Michigan and his M. F. A. at the Rhode Island School of Design. He married Lisa Morrison mostrar mais and currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Van Allsburg's work is highly praised for the excellent artisanship of his illustrations, which often have a surreal element. His first book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979), concerning a lost dog found by a magician, and his second book, Jumanji (1981), about a strange board game that comes to life, brought him quick praise. Jumanji won the Caldecott Medal in 1982. The Polar Express (1985), Van Allsburg's most popular book, deals with the idea that the ability to believe in things beyond one's experiences helps to keep a person young. It also won a Caldecott Medal in 1986. Other books by Van Allsburg include The Z was Zapped, and Just a Dream, a story about a boy who learns to be ecological. Van Allsburg's sculptures have also been exhibited at many New York galleries. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Author of children's books Chris Van Allsburg (right) and NASA engineer Jennifer Keyes (center) speak with Digital Learning Network host Rachael Manzer during a live videoconference on Nov. 16 at Langley Research Center. Photo by Jeff Caplan. (nasa.gov)


Obras de Chris Van Allsburg

The Polar Express (1985) 9,628 cópias
Jumanji (1981) 3,165 cópias
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984) 1,611 cópias
Just a Dream (1990) 1,294 cópias
Two Bad Ants (1988) 1,212 cópias
Zathura (2002) 967 cópias
The Widow's Broom (1992) 944 cópias
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979) 921 cópias
The Stranger (1986) 860 cópias
The Sweetest Fig (1993) 754 cópias
The Wreck of the Zephyr (1983) 697 cópias
The Wretched Stone (1991) 642 cópias
A City in Winter (1996) — Ilustrador — 435 cópias
Queen of the Falls (2011) 394 cópias
Probuditi! (2006) 372 cópias
Ben's Dream (1982) 323 cópias
Bad Day at Riverbend (1995) 317 cópias
The Veil of Snows (1997) — Ilustrador — 238 cópias
All aboard the Polar Express (2004) 53 cópias
Erratz Majikoa (Haurren Aurrenak) (2004) 1 exemplar(es)
Piku Majikoa (Haurren Aurrenak) (2004) 1 exemplar(es)
Z for Zephyr 1 exemplar(es)
O Expresso Polar 1 exemplar(es)
Poster for The Z Was Zapped. (1982) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

O Leão, a Feiticeira e o Guarda-roupa (1950) — Artista da capa, algumas edições45,569 cópias
As Crônicas de Nárnia (1950) — Artista da capa, algumas edições35,488 cópias
O Sobrinho do Mago (1955) — Artista da capa, algumas edições29,173 cópias
O Príncipe Caspian (1951) — Artista da capa, algumas edições26,407 cópias
O Cavalo e seu Menino (1954) — Artista da capa, algumas edições25,462 cópias
O Peregrino da Alvorada (1952) — Artista da capa, algumas edições25,315 cópias
A Cadeira da Prata (1953) — Artista da capa, algumas edições23,936 cópias
A Última Batalha (1956) — Artista da capa, algumas edições23,203 cópias
Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Ilustrador — 768 cópias
Swan Lake (1989) — Ilustrador — 672 cópias
Jumanji [1995 film] (1995) — Original story — 650 cópias
Zathura [2005 film] (2006) — Autor — 174 cópias
Jumanji (Novelization) (1995) — Contribuinte — 161 cópias
The Big Book For Our Planet (1993) — Artista da capa — 135 cópias
Chris Van Allsburg's Polar Express (Music) (1998) — Contribuinte — 10 cópias


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Conhecimento Comum




Once again, a great option to teach inference in the classroom. But overall a silly book about two greedy ants that get trapped in a house. The best part is when they get blasted by the electrical outlet.
mrsandersonreads23 | outras 53 resenhas | Apr 14, 2024 |
One of my favorite books by Van Allsburg; like many others have said, this is a great choice to teach and practice inferencing, but it's also a hauntingly beautiful (and slightly spooky) tale to share with readers of all ages.
mrsandersonreads23 | outras 56 resenhas | Apr 14, 2024 |
A story book with great stories. Needless to say this isn't the time and place (pun intended) to review them all. So, I will review its greatest story - in my humble opinion that is.

"And Mr Einstein, who is the smartest man in the whole history of the world, he has proved -- absolutely proved -- that time is just another dimension, just like space. Time is what happens when you can go up and down, side to side, in and out, and before and after." So, tells Gilbert his incredulous friends Neils, Erwin and Emmy.

Like any good story, ” Another Time, Another Place ” by Cory Doctorow delivers on both, entertainment and depth. Within a setting we can picture vividly, the young protagonist and friends remind us poignantly of our own childhood. Its youthful actors are characteristically curious and inquisitive and such is their interaction with their wondrous world. Their nimble - unbiased by the established - minds make perceptions change with the power of their imagination, to having us worried whether, indeed, we have already succumbed to the most wide-spread of all adult-onset diseases, the calcification of thinking. If you are willing to dig deeper you will find layers of meanings buried within Cory Doctorow’s masterpiece. For when we finally get to the crux of the matter, the fundamental, underlying principle of the universe, we find ourselves not only questioning our own encrusted perceptions of reality but also in awe of a tapestry that only the intertwining strands of physics and analytic philosophy can weave – a cosmology that is more fantastic that any myth or folktale. - If our scientist and philosophers are right that is. Notwithstanding that, ultimately, “Another Time, Another Place”, does perhaps what matters most, it teaches us the value of the philosophic though experiment and admonishes us not to succumb to the one-tracked, monolithic procedural of academia. Scientific breakthroughs are enabled through paradigm shifts, denied without a fundamental change of perception and impossible to attain without a faculty of wonder.
Our hero Gilbert and the character of Emmy show us the contrast between flexibility and rigidness, the wonder of expanding the mind and bowing to the established. Unlike Emmy who represents the conservative, Gilbert is equality endowed with faculty of wonder and flexibility of perception when he makes himself experience time as space. In doing so he overcomes the common and unfortunately false perception that space is different from time and adopts the true physical reality of space-time according to Albert Einstein. This new perception opens a whole new avenue of possibility.
Imagine your mind can perceive the physics of space-time enabling you to travel in time just as we do in space. As your mind accepts and assimilates the similarity of space and time you may travel not only backwards in time but most importantly sideways.
To trigger Einstein's perception of space-time, Gilbert needs both, the faculty of wonder and perhaps a bit more mundane, a hand car and rails to make time analogous to space. To Gilberts delight his thought experiment becomes reality, and he finds that even though there are no pathways allowing continuous movement between the parallel rails of the multiverse - after all this is not Newton's perception of reality anymore but the Bohr-Einsteinian universe and beyond- akin to the teleporting discontinuous quantum-jumping electron he is able to make his own discontinuous jumps from handcar to handcar, from universe to universe. The realm of all the infinite alternative “what-might-have-beens”, in his grasp, the death of his beloved father, the motivating factor to his handcar journey, can be undone.
Last but not least, if the concepts and prospects within Doctorow’s short story appeal to you, you may want to give Jack Finney’s “Time and again” a try. Finney’s novel expands on Doctorow’s short story providing great entertainment scaffolded by Einstein’s concepts of relativity and space-time.
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nitrolpost | outras 45 resenhas | Mar 19, 2024 |
Quoting from the book on the verso page, "Summary: A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus." This book was written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. It won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children for year it was published.
uufnn | outras 457 resenhas | Feb 24, 2024 |



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