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The Christmas Visitors

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It's Christmas at the cottage by the lake and the bears are busy preparing to celebrate. The human owners of the cottage, however, are in the city feeling glum. Until the idea comes to them to spend the holidays at their cottage. What follows is a set of misadventures as the family arrives without presents--they were left on the train--and without the usual holiday accouterments--the Christmas trees and turkeys are all sold out. But they are in for a treat as the cottage has been decorated by their unseen friends. So the bears unwittingly save Christmas for their human hosts, yet are still able to enjoy their own fine celebration. And, as with the other books, the bears do so all while cleverly avoiding confrontation with their human friends.

32 pages, Hardcover

First published August 7, 2013

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December 27, 2017
Beautiful illustrations of a magical visit to a cabin for Christmas. A family decides to leave the city and spend Christmas in a cabin in the woods...but the stores are sold out of turkey and there are no decorations. Special "visitors" come in the night and prepare the home for a perfect Christmas morning. The text is very brief, the story is told primarily through the illustrations.
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2,451 reviews55 followers
November 23, 2022
The idea of this book is cute! The summer cabin visitors (people) leave for the year and a family of bears goes in to celebrate Christmas.

The text is nice and simple for a quick readaloud or for youngsters learning to read. The story/poem felt a little off on some pages - like they were trying to force a a certain style of writing.
3,224 reviews27 followers
December 10, 2016
I love the illustrations and the novelness of the story, but i couldn't make the middle make any sense. I'm sure the kids will enjoy the story. But the story wan't as good as I thought it might have been.
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1,952 reviews4 followers
August 26, 2018
Just like all the others in the "series" this one is absolutely wonderful and the illustrations are stunning. A must read during the Christmas season!
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3,322 reviews39 followers
September 26, 2016
This was more a picture book than a storybook, very little text. The story follows a family of bears moving into a cabin that was abanonded by people moving back to the city. But then a family move back to it for the Christmas season... so as the bear family move out the back door the human family move in the front. They both help each other without knowing they help each other. Nice illustrations.
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1,052 reviews22 followers
December 27, 2013
It is Christmas time and the Bear family is getting ready to celebrate in the cottage until the humans who own the cottage decide that being in the city for Christmas isn't what they want. They need to be in their cottage celebrating! Cute Christmas story of how both families get the cottage ready and celebrate.
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4,985 reviews58 followers
November 5, 2013
In comic book-like panels, readers follow two families (one human, one bear) as they work together to celebrate Christmas.

Nearly wordless, this book relies heavily on its illustrations to tell the story. PreK-2.
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