Friday, November 18, 2011

More on Chris Van Allsburg

I love reading The Stranger and The Sweetest Fig by Van Allsburg. with children, but I have never used The Mysteries of Harris Burdick before. Some Van Allsburg books take some time to "get". I didn't like The Stranger the first time I read it, but now it is one of my favorite books. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is just a group of unconnected pencil drawings, each with a title and an introductory sentence.Here is an example:
It all started when someone left the window open....
The reader is left to wonder what happens next. Its a great book to use with young writers who have great imaginations. Questions instantly come to mind: Who left the window open? Why? Is that bird on the wallpaper coming to life? 

The Chronicles of Harris Burdick was recently published. It is like an answer key for those pencil drawings. A short story was written for each of the drawings by famous authors like Louis Sachar and Stephen King. I couldn't wait to read it and share it with some of my young writers with great imaginations. Here is a website to explore more if you are interested:


  1. Christine-

    I have been to your blog in the past and love your ideas!! I was wondering if you could add an email subscription button on your blog for those of us that are completely overwhelmed by google reader?????????????? :)


  2. Hi Shannon,
    I would but I don't know how! Christine

  3. OK-I'm not sure either for blogspot because I use wordpress! :) Oh well, I'll try to follow you in google reader with my google eyes! :)


  4. Go to Design-Click Add a Gadget. The first one on Basic is Follow by Email! Hope this helps and works!!

  5. Hi Christine:
    Go to Blogger Design.
    Click Add a Gadget.
    I think the first one under Basics is Follow by Email.
    I only know because I tried to do this for our friend Shannon too!
    I LOVE following your blog as well!
    (And I just got the new VanAllsburg book from Amazon this past week.)
    Have a good week ahead...

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

  6. It says that they can't find my feedburner?????

  7. Kim-

    Thanks for having my back!! :)