It took restraint and courage to write -- and publish -- this modern parable. The story is drawn in stark lines, with no elaboration, no pointing the moral. An English family, prosperous, middle class (before the war reached English shores), is preparing for Christmas celebration. On Christmas Eve, their accepted pattern for the holiday is momentarily disrupted by the arrival of a Jewish refugee couple. To get and keep them out of the way, they are given barest necessities and housed over the garage. In the morning, they find the couple gone -- but during the night a baby has been born and the mother taken to the nearest Jewish hospital.... A significant story, in the face of world torn asunder on intolerance. Use this book instead of a card -- it is the ideal small gift book selection this year, and for years to come.