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Some of the most wondrous gifts cost nothing. This is a story of such gifts.
On a silent and magical Christmas Eve night, three children and their grandparents bear gifts down the starlit path to a stable. They take this peaceful, wintry journey to thank the visitors of centuries ago for their historic and holy visit. The children deliver simple gifts and sincere gratitude to the visitors in tribute for that long-ago night honoring a newborn babe.
Illustrator Andrew Holmquist’s striking combination of glowing yellow interior scenes and deep blue exterior scenes captures the iconic images in a perfect light. The characters in the stable fill the page with such presence and quiet majesty that readers might catch themselves holding a breath.
Author Patrick “Packy” Mader continues his theme of heartwarming intergenerational stories from rural traditions with Visiting the Visitors, which joins a small stable of books celebrating growth of self and relationships: Opa & Oma Together, Oma Finds a Miracle, and Big Brother Has Wheels.
This wondrous Christmas story will draw children, parents, and grandparents together in a new yet timeless holiday tradition.
About the Author
Patrick “Packy” Mader is an elementary teacher who lives in Northfield, Minnesota, with his wife and two children. He grew up on a dairy farm and has worked in business and education. Visiting the Visitors is his fourth children’s picture book.
Packy enjoys reading, traveling, and sharing outdoor activities with friends and family. He also brings his passion for reading and teaching to presentations at libraries, schools, civic organizations, and churches. Thanksgiving and Christmas hold a special place in his heart as times to express gratitude for the gifts he has received in his life.
For more information about Packy and his books, please visit www.patrickmader.com.
About the Illustrator
Andrew Holmquist is a painter and illustrator from Northfield, Minnesota. He is a graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Andrew has illustrated three other children’s books, and his paintings have been exhibited throughout the United States.
For more information, please visit www.andrewholmquist.com