This is what happens: two brothers go out to do some last minute Christmas shopping in downtown Philadelphia, and get caught in a heavy snowstorm on the way home which almost but not quite ruins their unimaginative gifts. The illustrations indicate that the boys are Negro. Presumably the intent of the book is to show Negro children in a perfectly ordinary situation without calling any special attention to the irrelevant factor of their race. Unfortunately, however, the totally uninteresting story simply points up the omission, which seems emphasized instead of natural. The dialogue, a sort of British approximation of the lower-income Philadelphia, childrens' colloquialisms (the author has spent most of her life in New Zealand and England) is clumsy.