A little boy was left alone with aunt at his wintry home while his parents went south for their vacation. His father promised to send a postcard every day and his mother gave him a box of crackers--one to eat for each day they would be gone. The little boy pretended to do all the things his parents described on their cards, but when he still had three crackers left he got discouraged and ate them all up--and his parents came home three days early. The fact that the little boy is so limited in his activities and that his parents sent such minimally interesting cards makes the book seem more depressing than therapeutic. The dismal mood is carried out in the blue/gray/lavendar coloring of the illustrations, which fail to give much additional detail to the wafer-thin, salt-free bland story.