The "Solved" Mysteries of Harris Burdick

by Chris Van Allsburg 

Chris Van Allsburg came across the pictures of Harris Burdick through a friend, Peter Wenders. Apparently, Burdick presented the pictures with their titles and captions to Wenders in hopes that Wenders would be interested in purchasing the stories that accompanied the illustrations. Wenders was intrigued by the pictures and asked Burdick to submit the corresponding stories the next day. However, Wenders never heard from Harris Burdick again, so the "true" stories behind the pictures were never revealed.

Students have been asked to consider one of the images, its title and its caption and then to propose a possible story that tells what happened before and after the corresponding image.

The images below are "thumbnail" photos. Click on the image you have been assigned in order to get a full-sized picture.

Source: Van Allsburg, Chris, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston: Massachusetts (1984)

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Mystery Story

ARCHIE SMITH, BOY WONDER

 

UNDER THE RUG

 

 

A Strange Day in July

 

MISSING IN VENICE

ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE

 

Uninvited Guests

 

THE HARP

 

MR. LINDEN'S LIBRARY

 

 

The Seven Chairs

 

 

The 3rd Floor Bedroom

 

 

Just Desert

 

CAPTAIN TORY

 

OSCAR AND ALPHONSE

 

The House on Maple Street

 

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