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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick Hardcover – September 24, 1984
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A new portfolio edition offers the artwork from Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, originally published in 1984, in loose oversized sheets. The enigmatic black-and-white drawings are each accompanied by a title and brief caption: for example, a picture of a nun placidly sitting in a chair floating in a cathedral is labeled "THE SEVEN CHAIRS: The fifth one ended up in France." The portfolio also includes a 15th drawing, discovered under circumstances as mysterious as the original set. A new Internet site, set to launch on October 28, will encourage the use of the pictures to seed creative writing assignments.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book is a collection of Images, with the back story being that an author had showed up to a publishing house with a portfolio of Images each based upon stories that he had written. After a promising first meeting the author (Harris Burdick) said to come back the next day with his stories, and the rest of images. He never returned. The collection are the only images and the titles of the books that may or may not have ever existed.
This book is a great source of inspiration when the creative juices are not quite flowing, and is a perfect source of inspiration.
discover this book was in keeping with Van Allsburg's earlier work, with a twist. I must say it required a couple of readings, cover to cover, at first. Each illustration compelled the reader to study it and puzzle over the caption. What exactly was this book about? How did one story connect to the next? The answers did not come readily. Who was this Harris Burdick? What was it about the illustrations that kept drawing me back? Was it the mysterious orbs in the young boys room, the bump under the rug, the ocean liner pushing into the canal? "Another Place, Another Time," said it best, "If there was an answer, he'd find it there." Clear as...? Not sure, but the entertainment value remains. Read this book, then read it again.
Come to your own conclusions.
First off, don't skip the introduction - it's the central point of the book and sets the tone for what's to come. Text-wise, there is a title and short sentence for each of the very strange pictures, and sometimes they seem completely unrelated. That's where the fun starts.
There are so many ways to use this book in the classroom. I'm planning a hushed dramatic reading of the introduction, followed by a flashlight-only exhibit of pictures and some background music to write by for my students this week as a break from the dreaded and stressful annual state test. I can't wait to go write, myself, about "The Seven Chairs" and why the nun is floating in the chapel. Or maybe the glowing pumpkin in "Just Dessert". Or perhaps....
The imagery is provoking, each picture comes with a title and caption for emphasis.
You're still reading, and not buying. Stop that.
The book contains fourteen pictures, with captions attached to each. Now these are not ordinary pictures, but feature something out of the ordinary, with equally mysterious captions that make one wonder at the various possibilities for a story! For example, one of my favorite pictures features a young girl sound asleep with a vine creeping out of a book with the title "Mr. Linden's Library" and the caption "He had warned her about the book. Now it was too late." I confess that my imagination took a macabre turn here! My first grader on the other hand imagined something along the lines of Jack (or Jill in this case) and the Beanstalk with the girl waking up and finding a tree growing in her room and going off on an adventure not unlike Jack/Jill.
I've also used this book with my students, and they absolutely love the chance to create a story and come up with their own interpretations. Another charm of this book is that the pictures can be used to imagine stories of various genres such as science fiction, horror, mystery, adventure, fantasy, etc. This is a treasure trove of ideas, a great educational resource, and a wonderful way to keep one's brain meaningfully engaged!