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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Portfolio Edition) [Hardcover]

By Chris Van Allsburg (Author)
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Item description for The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Portfolio Edition) by Chris Van Allsburg...

The original fourteen drawings from the book's 1984 edition, as well as a newly discovered fifteenth drawing, are compiled in this large portfolio edition of the mysterious and provocative artwork.

Publishers Description
Since its publication in 1984, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick has stimulated the minds of readers of all ages and backgrounds. Now the original fourteen drawings are available in a large portfolio edition of loose sheets. In addition, a newly discovered fifteenth drawing, titled The Youngest Magician, has been added, as well as an updated introduction by the author. The puzzles of these mysterious drawings will be even more provocative because of the larger size and the exceptional printing quality. For the first time, the drawings can be shared with groups or displayed singly. The Mysteries of Harris Burdick was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 1984.

Citations And Professional Reviews
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Portfolio Edition) by Chris Van Allsburg has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 10/28/1996

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Pages   16
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 16.1" Width: 12.4" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   1.46 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 28, 1996
Publisher   Houghton Mifflin
Age  4-8
ISBN  0395827841  
ISBN13  9780395827840  
UPC  046442827843  

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More About Chris Van Allsburg

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! CHRIS VAN ALLSBURGis the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of the Caldecott Honor for The Garden of Abdul Gasazi. The author and illustrator of numerous picture books for children, he has also been awarded the Regina Medal for lifetime achievement in children's literature. Chris Van Allsburg was formerly an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island with his wife and two children."

Chris Van Allsburg currently resides in Providence, in the state of Rhode Island.

Chris Van Allsburg has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Chronicles of Narnia (HarperCollins Hardcover)

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Product Categories

1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( V ) > Van Allsburg, Chris
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Mysteries, Espionage, & Detectives
4Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12

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Lets Get a Couple of Things Straight  Jun 12, 2008
Lets get a couple of things straight: First, Chris Van Allsberg is a genius; second, Mr Van Allsberg does not write "children's books." I will not elaborate on the first point. You need only to open any two of his books to know that it's true. The first book will blow you away; the second book will persuade you that the first was not a fluke. But as for my second point....

"The Mysteries of Harris Burdick" is proof in point. I LOVE this book. The mysterious, creepy, vaguely sinister pictures; the dangling captions; the POSSIBLITIES opened on every page. It's wonderful! But I've never met a child who, of her or his own volition, could/would spend more than five minutes with it. Oh, I know, my experience runs counter to that of many of my fellow reviewers, but it's true. I guess my wife and I were just blessed with second rate kids who had third rate friends. But that doesn't mean that I don't ENTHUSIASTICALLY RECOMMEND this book. I DO! But the heck with the kids! Buy it for yourself!
A Must Have for Any English Classroom  Jun 9, 2008
As an English teacher, I have been amazed by the creative writing The Mysteries of Harris Burdick has inspired. I use the book in conjunction with vocabulary units, having students create short stories (that include the vocabulary words we are studying) based off of the pictures, line and title Van Allsburg provides on each page. The intriguing beginnings he has created lend themselves to a plethora of plots; I've never read two stories that are similar though I've used the book for years now.

I highly recommend this book as a way to encourage any aspiring writers, as well as those who struggle with writing. Even reluctant writers seem to enjoy the challenge of creating a story worthy of such a beautiful illustration. Students are often amazed and pleased with what they can create with a little help from this wonderful book!
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (Portfolio Edition)  Apr 20, 2008
I bought this title thinking it was the book form, but I found that the portfolio pages could be framed and hung-up so that the pictures could be constantly in sight, that way you can build your story subconsciously over time.
The pictures are wonderful; the use of grayscale makes it easy to see whatever color you want. The title of the book tells what type of pictures are inside, all are mysterious,
This title is great to get your kids into story writing or just writing period. They can learn to proofread and practice their spelling and grammar. This would be a good resource for homeschoolers as well as school teachers.
Excellent resource for teachers  Apr 15, 2008
I'm a student teacher, and i'm really excited about using this book in the future with children that I will teach.

The illustrations are really thought provoking and gorgeous.

The illustrations are large and clear and are presented nicely in the packaging.

I would definitely recommend this book to anybody that teaches or to any parents. :)
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick   Apr 8, 2008
My grandchildren (ages 10 and 6) really enjoy making up stories to go along with the pictures. This has been fun for all of us. It is a creative activity--gets them away from the video games.

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