Great-aunt Tla is 90, and the whole family is getting ready to surprise her on her birthday. While little Cecilia assembles her present, readers glimpse the special times the two have shared: reading, baking, gathering flowers. Cecilia puts mementoes of these past joys into a basket: warm thoughts are the gift, and Tla is suitably touched. Cecilia's lilting narration and occasional use of Spanish combine with Lang's collages to portray a loving Mexican-American household; her sculptured figures in solid colors against spackled, confetti-like backgrounds add to the aura of suppressed festivity. A mischievous eat bumps her way into each picture, lacing the sentiments of this generous tribute to intergenerational love with wit. Cecilia and her family are charming.