Patty, Mattie, and Hattie look alike and dress alike and ""almost everything about the triplets came in threes."" Though each dreams of a different part in the Christmas play, they are cast as the three wise men. And though each has her own interests, no one notices or bothers to tell them apart. The story boils down to how the triplets teach family, friends, and teacher that they want to be treated as individuals: they take to their room and refuse to come out until each is solicited for her own particular skills. An obvious problem-solution contrivance, but there is some zip in the specific examples and in the author's simple two-color cartoons.