Brimhall (a rabbit) and Bear (a bear) get jobs just before Christmas; each wants to buy the other a special present. But the jobs take so much time that there's no time left to shop, to get ready for Christmas, or to be together. Solution: both quit (they have friends who need work, so their employers are not left in the lurch). In making one valid point about gift-giving, friendship, and the allocation of time, Delton misses another: psychologists have recently been concerned that kids who earn money only for nonessentials (whether gifts or stereos) internalize misconceptions about the relationship between work, money, and life's necessities. This story perpetuates that misconception for the youngest readers.