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Chris Van Allsburg's The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

Chris Van Allsburg's The Chronicles of Harris Burdick


Chris Van Allsburg's The Chronicles of Harris Burdick

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4.5/5 (30 valoraciones)
Longitud:
1 hora
Publicado:
Dec 4, 2011
ISBN:
9781467664004
Formato:
Audiolibro

Descripción

Chris Van Allsburg sits with Madeline Cohen to discuss the short story collection The Chronicles of Harris Burdick. Jon Sczieszka joins the discussion and reads his contribution to the collection, "Under the Rug."
Publicado:
Dec 4, 2011
ISBN:
9781467664004
Formato:
Audiolibro


Sobre el autor

Chris Van Allsburg is the winner of two Caldecott Medals, for Jumanji and The Polar Express, as well as the recipient of a Caldecott Honor Book 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. In 1982, Jumanji was nominated for a National Book Award and in 1996, it was made into a popular feature film. Chris Van Allsburg is a former instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Visit him at chrisvanallsburg.com. 

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  • (5/5)
    I was given this book when I was a child and I still love it as an adult. I've never encountered another book quite like this. Very inspiring.In fact, Steven King himself wrote a short story based on one of these timeless illustrations ("The House on Maple Street," I believe).
  • (5/5)
    Fascinating pictures and captions! Wish I'd known about this book when I was teaching, would've been great for story starters. Chris Van Allsburg strikes again!
  • (5/5)
    Great to use as story starters with middle school children. Such imagination inspiring illustrations and simply one line of text to get your mind going in all sorts of directions.
  • (3/5)
    B/W Real Life Illustrations, Few Words, but just enough for imagination
  • (4/5)
    This was an interesting book that was more a collection of images than a story. The introduction explains where the images come from and is integral to understanding the book as a whole. With each image comes a title and a short caption that seems to be an introduction or part of a story and definitely makes you wonder about the image. This could be used as an interesting launch into a written piece for children.
  • (5/5)
    The illustrations are mesmerizing, especially to kids. It triggers their imagination and they are able to come up with amazing stories to complement the pictures. I used the portfolio edition with 7th graders as a jumping off point for mystery writing. The stories that they came up with were completely varied and the students loved this unit. The focus that they had throughout the unit was something I'd never seen before in middle school writing. I loved it and so did the kids.
  • (4/5)
    Vivid images with a back story that you can use to help start imagination flowing. The pictures are part mystery, part scary. Harris Burdick left the nearly wordless pictures without telling the stories, so you can make them up. The drawings are excellent and the black and white adds another creative dimension as you have to color them in your mind.
  • (4/5)
    Strange book -- fascinating text and illustrationg.
  • (5/5)
    (easy, picture, young reader fiction with non fiction elements) What an interesting book! On the first page is an introduction explaining who Harris Burdick is and the origin of the illustrations you are about to look at. In a nutshell, (you'll have to check it out for yourself, it's just too interesting), Mr. Burdick left fourteen illustrations with a children's publisher. These fourteen illustrations only had a title and a caption. Mr. Burdick told the publisher that he had fourteen stories to go with the illustrations and that if the publisher liked the illustrations he would bring the accompanying stories the next day. Of course the publisher wanted to see the stories right away. Well, Mr. Burdick was never seen or heard from ever again. As a matter of fact, there has never been any information found about him. So all we have left are these mysterious illustrations and our imagination. This book explores all fourteen of the illustrations. Also in the introduction we are told that the publisher's family and friends that saw the illustrations took the liberty of writing their own stories to go with the pictures. Now, that would be an interesting book too...hmmm....! A fun activity would be to invite your readers/ listeners to pick one of the illustrations and write a story about it.
  • (5/5)
    A collection of thought provoking pictures with a short sentence that will inspire the reader to think about each picture. Each page is a great story started that will allow children to free write about "What if?".
  • (5/5)
    An awesome book inspired by a set of paintings. Each one contains a short sentence or couple of sentsences that lead the reader to wonder what happened in each of the pictures. These are great stories to allow children to free write about "what if?".
  • (5/5)
    This book is a collection of black-and-white pictures and titles left at a children's book publisher by the mysterious character Harris Burdick. Burdick was never seen or heard from again, which adds to the suspense of the book. These pictures are great for children to look at and create their own stories to go along!
  • (5/5)
    A series of unrelated, fantastical images paired with intriguing titles guide young imaginations into creating stories of their own to accompany the pictures. According to Van Allsburg's author's note, the images have a mysterious past, having been left with a book publisher by an author (Harris Burdick) who later vanished.
  • (5/5)
    Reading the introduction, we learn that Harris Burdick walked into a children's book publishing office with 14 stories that went along with 14 illustrations he had drawn. Leaving the illustrations in the publishing office, Burdick was never heard from again, and the stories that go with each drawing remain a mystery. The only thing we have left is a title and caption for each picture. In one drawing, an overwrought man holds a chair over his head and is about to hit a lump under the carpet. The title and caption are: ''Under the Rug': Two weeks passed and it happened again.' In another, a boy and a girl skip stones on the sparkly surface of water. The title and caption are: ''A Strange Day in July': He threw with all his might, but the third stone came skipping back.' Some of the drawings are scary, some are mysterious, some are dreamlike, but all are evocative and full of wonder and imagination.
  • (3/5)
    This book is great for children to be able to imagine their own stories from the illustrations. There are minimal words listed in this book, so it allows for children to use their own skills as writers and create their own.
  • (4/5)
    A different kind of picture book. It would be a great writing prompt for the classroom. Excellent illustrations, as usual.
  • (3/5)
    These pictures are classics. The quality of their mysteriousness is not uniform, but the best among them make the whole package very fascinating. The well-documented activity of writing stories based on the fragments is good one and could work as a library as well as a school activity.
  • (5/5)
    This is such an intriguing book. It really captures your attention. The author's note grabs you and makes you wonder if it is a fiction or non-fiction book. The illustrations are full of details that not everyone would be able to catch on a first glance. Everytime I look at a picture, I notice another detail.
  • (5/5)
    Was this produced before Jumanji? If so, I beleive I may have found a source of motivation for it! Amazing pictures and thought provoking captions! This would be great to read in front of a class and hear what the children think!
  • (4/5)
    This book is marvelous for so many reasons. It is really a book about what it is like to be a reader of books. There are a number of illustrations, each one for a story. You know the title of the story, the illustration, and the caption for the illustration. That's all. The whole rest of the book is in your head: YOU are the one who has to decide how the story got from the title to the picture, and where it goes from there. This makes the book one of the longest very thin books I have ever read. In fact, since every time I read it, I make up different stories, I have yet to reach the end.
  • (5/5)
    The Mysteries of Harris Burdick is a collection of 14 pictures with titles and captions. All of the pictures, mysterious in nature, invite the reader to think up a corresponding story. The pictures are intricately detailed and offer much to the imagination. My mind began to pump for meaning within the details of each black and white drawing. The titles and captions were even more mysterious. Students of all ages could be asked to write stories to go with these very creative pictures. I know I would like to use the book with my child someday to help her learn to tell a narrative. This book can be used with English language learners, reluctant readers, and highly gifted students because it connects to the imagination in all of us.
  • (5/5)
    The fantastical and creepy black and white drawings will entice English Learners and reluctant readers to want to write a story of their own based on the sketch's caption.
  • (5/5)
    Harris Burdick is one of the best books that has only captions!!!! This book has an introduction that explains the reasoning behind the book and then just pictures and a title to go with the picture. This book is a great book for your imagination!!I loved this book as a reader. I loved being about to use my imagination to figure out what "happened" in the picture and the story behind it. The pictures are vintage Allsburg and are essentually the book itsself. Highly recommended.This book is a creative writing project dream!!! You could use this book every single day of the week and get a different response to every picture every time! I am going to use this book when i am a teacher to help create creativity and originality in my students writing. Perfect book for writing!!!
  • (5/5)
    This book is full of intriguing pictures that are explained only through a single caption. Not only are the pictures mysterious, but so are their origins.
  • (5/5)
    This is a collection of single page illustrations with a short sentence or phrase caption. There is no plot, no story, just a series of Van Allsburg's wonderful illustrations, each of which offers such a wealth of detail that you'll have no trouble making up a story to go with it. Or several.
  • (4/5)
    A beautiful book which sparks the imagination. There are a collection of paintings with a single mysterious caption for each one. I think it would be wonderful to see what kind of stories kids could come up with for each illustration.
  • (5/5)
    Great book with pieces of stories that can be finished by students creativity.
  • (5/5)
    This was a very unusual story as the author introduces titles or phrases from stories that could have been. The illustrations are absolutely intriguing and beautiful. Pictures are worth a thousand words is very applicable to this story as the reader must take the title and phrase and imagine what would have been a story. From a personal aspect, I absolutely love the inferring skills applicable to this work. I do wish the author would have create these stories from the book, which is why I gave the book 4 and 1/2 stars. However, from an educator stand point this would be a great book to spark older student's creative writing for a writer's workshop and write the stories for the author.
  • (5/5)
    Chris Van Allsburg truly awakens my imagination, his books are unlike any other. I had so much fun reading and looking at the pictures and pages in this book. I was utterly fascinated, each page is a completely different adventure, strange and enticing at the same time. Even though it is hard to pick a favorite, I really liked "Mr. Linden's Library", a picture of a girl asleep with a book in her hands with the caption, "he had warned her about the book. Now it was too late". I think this implies that the book takes the girl on a crazy experience within her dreams, the book comes to life. I hope to share this book with my future students to get their creativity flowing.
  • (4/5)
    Simple black and white illustrations with a title and a single caption prompt the reader to create his/her own story behind the mysterious picture.Great writing activity!!