The tradition of the gift to animals on Christmas Eve is dramatized in a story about a group of third graders who prepare the farmyard for Christmas pageantry and place a doll in the manger to symbolize the Christ child. At midnight the animals are distraught when the baby refuses to awaken. A nudge from Jake, the ox, sends it boll upright with eyes wide open. The doll figure remains intact for the realistic child. It is transformed for those who would like it that way. Mary Little's draws sketches of animals and children are lovely -- but not enough to spark a listless story.