REVIEW: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

18 Sep

This text is for the English student who wishes to demonstrate sophistication in his/her understanding of discovery.

The author provides a series of pictures which function as mysteries unsolved within the bounds of the text.  Accordingly, the onus is on us, the responders, to use our imaginations and discover meaning.  The openness of the images mean that the possibilities are endless and the process of discovery is ongoing.

The illustrations within this book are beautiful, and are easily interpreted by students once students have been given a vocabulary for decoding a visual text.  More capable students will marry the visuals with the words, noting humour and tone, using the language choices to enrich their interpretations.


One Response to “REVIEW: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick”


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