Down East 2013 ©
The Winter Visitors
Ages 4 to 8.
Winner of the 2008 Time of Wonder award from the Maine Discovery Museum
Bronze Medal in the 2008 Independent Publishers’ Book Awards for Best Children’s Picture Book (all ages)
Honorable Mention in the Best Children’s/Young Adult Books category in the 2008 Maine Literary Awards from the Maine Writers and Publishers Association
This charming and highly original story reveals what happens at a vacation cottage once the summer visitors have left for the winter. With fewer than two dozen words of text, the story is told primarily in extravagantly detailed pictures, rendered in pen and ink and watercolor. Children and adults will revel in the activities of a family of bears that takes up residence in the empty camp -- the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears in reverse.
"In a near-wordless offering, Hayes’s finely detailed pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations cleverly unspool a playful spin on The Three Bears.... The more closely readers look, the more they’ll find to like." --Publishers Weekly
"Delivers a clever twist on ’Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’" --Jan Gardner, The Boston Globe
"Both children and adults will delight at this charming retelling of the classic story "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." --Kidzone, Web supplement of Wild Animal Baby magazine, National Wildlife Federation