Jed set out with his present under his arm to attend Poppy's birthday party in the red house on the corner of Ninth Street. He rang the bell on the first floor. No Poppy there. An artist answered. Then he rang the bell on the second floor where a grumpy night watchman, irate at having his snooze interrupted, answered. On the third floor he met an Irish setter and a grey haired lady doctor. But no Poppy. Finally on the fourth floor he found the balloons and games of Poppy's party. Roger Duvoisin's bold red, yellow and blue pictures of Jed's search tell a toddler's tale with the repetition dear to small hearts and an event of major importance in their lives -- a birthday party.