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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

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When Chris was three years old, his family moved to a new house at the edge of Grand Rapids that was part of a development; a kind of planned neighborhood, that was still being built. If possible, one small spiral-bound notebook for each child (otherwise, loose-leaf paper works fine) During writing time, your students will be writing lists instead of stories, so they may appear to be less focused than usual. You may want to remind them that thinking is a big part of this process, so they do not necessarily need to be writing the entire time—but keeping the room quiet will help them in getting a good start on their ideas. As they write, confer with students individually.

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I must say that Under the Rug is the one that unnerves me the most. What is under the rug??? We will never know, hahaha). Following the letter, fourteen mysterious and haunting images are reproduced, each with a title and a suggestive caption. Next to a drawing of a boy fast asleep in his bedroom with five small, round lights hovering in the air above him are the title “Archie Smith, Boy Wonder” and the caption “A tiny voice asked, ‘Is he the one?'” An image of a huge ocean liner pushing into a narrow canal is titled “Missing in Venice” and captioned “Even with her mighty engines in reverse, the ocean liner was pulled further and further into the canal.” The picture from “The Third-Floor Bedroom”, accompanied by the words “It all began when someone left the window open,” shows a room that looks completely normal but for the wallpaper bird that seems to be coming to life and flying off the wall!Desde los títulos de las historias hasta los cuidados en los detalles de las ilustraciones. Un libro encantador que tanto un niño como un adulto pueden leer y quedar maravillados. Chris Van Allsburg is one of my must-collect illustrators, as I just love his work. He combines detail with imagination and he has never let me down. While I still rank Queen Of The Falls as his best, this mysterious book of wordless stories comes very close. I thought that some of the authors did a better job at writing stories that really fit the pictures, whereas a few of them used the caption as more of a jumping off point, with the drawing serving more as initial inspiration than actual illustration of something that happens in the tale. All of them, though, had to include the excerpt somewhere in the story exactly as originally written. It was fun to see how they would incorporate it, wondering where in the story it might show up.

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Some of the images do evoke a sense of danger in them. 'Under The Rug' shows a man ready to hit whatever is under the rug coming for him. Looking at 'Mr. Linden's Library,' the vines coming out the book are very ominous along with the caption stating it's now too late for the girl asleep next to the book. Because of the open interpretation of the pictures, titles, and captions, these are great story starters for students. They can help teach imagination and thinking outside the box when writing a story. Using the book as the start point Investigate how text adds to a picture or overall by first just providing an illustration and then the caption to see how children respond differently or change their perceptionsOkay, so anyone who knows Van Allsburg's art will not be fooled by this entertaining, but clearly fictitious introduction. Nevertheless, the rest of the book is simply one illustration, a title and a caption. The rest is up to you and your own wild imagination. Every picture is full of so much pent-up story, my brain just can't help but fill in the gaps. My niece is pretty gifted at story telling and she came up with two interesting stories. She liked the one with the Nun floating up in the air on a chair and the bird on the wallpaper that is coming to life.

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We looked through this in bed and the nephew made up some stories to go with the pictures. For not having robots in the pictures, they had a whole lot of monsters in them. The next day, I made some copies of the pictures and we sat down and they had to write a story based off one of the pictures. I had to scribe for the nephew.

Chris Van Allsburg often writes stories in which unusual things happen in very normal-seeming situations—like the ocean liner pushing through the Venice canal. Can you think of other books, either by Van Allsburg or by other authors, in which unusual things happen in everyday places?

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