A second handsomely produced, cautionary Christmas tale about a family tradition successfully modified, from the author and illustrator of The Very Best Christmas Tree. While Mrs. Bones gets Christmas breakfast, the Bones children always open a special family present provided by Mr. Bones. In times past, these presents have come from the store: a swing set, a canoe, an electric organ. This year, with some trepidation, Mr. Bones has devised something different--a large box full of interesting stuff from all over the house: old alarm clocks, brass buttons, lace, odd knee-socks for making puppets. Fortunately, the children receive this challenge to their imaginations in the spirit in which it is given, and are soon happily manufacturing a truck and a jet plane. The children whom McCurdy pictures seem a little old for this exercise, and his wood engravings are somewhat angular and bleak for the season, but they are also striking in design, lively in content, and commendably lacking in sentimentality. A good addition to holiday collections.