Polar Express day is on Wednesday, and I have thought about whether to just read the story or to also show the movie. It does have some parts that might be a little bit too intense for some. I have never done Polar Express day, and have not shown the movie before, so want to be sensitive to everyone.
This is what the commonsensemedia review shares about it:
WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
Parents need to know that, like the book that inspired it, the The Polar Express has wonderful messages about the importance of believing, the value of friendship, respect for leadership and courage, and the beauty of being kind to others. But it’s also an adventure, with lots of roller-coaster thrills and some scary characters that might be too intense and frightening for the youngest kids. The Express roars, speeds, and skids on its perilous journey to the North Pole. Sometimes out of control, sometimes racing against dangers and obstacles in its path, it’s the center of a tale that’s suspenseful throughout. The child heroes are frequently in danger — from falls, getting lost, being left alone on a careening train, and navigating dark, shadowy places facing characters who may wish them harm.
Please let me know if you have any concerns about your child watching this movie. I am in no way tied to the idea of watching the movie, and if there are concerns, I will show a different movie.
Thanks for the feedback!