Four impoverished and orphaned children, who live in Hong Kong and whose names are Hu, Ha, Hai, and Ho, look forward to the Chinese New Year with despair until the eldest promises to try to fulfill a wish for each one. The first two wishes, for food and clothes, are realized when they all offer to drum up business from the tourists for a local restaurant and tailor. And the restaurateuse volunteers for the third request--a mother. The children make up for their prosaic wishes by showing plenty of enterprise in taking advantage of the prosperous Western visitors, but their success in public relations doesn't add much to their charm. The gaudy illustrations, like the story, reflect a spirit of Western-oriented Orient.