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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ARCHIE SMITH, BOY WONDER
UNDER THE RUG
A Strange Day in July
MISSING IN VENICE
ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE
MR. LINDEN'S LIBRARY
The Seven Chairs
The 3rd Floor Bedroom
OSCAR AND ALPHONSE
The House on Maple Street
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