This British born author-illustrator (Two Too Many; Poquito; etc.) reconstructs an English Christmas during the first quarter of the century. Flushed with excitement over the simpler things,- they make sweets; go to spend the day with their grandparents; have a fine dinner in Eton suits and velveteen frocks; play charades; and after an outdoor outing, return home to their mended and painted Dobbin- a saw sorse.... The burden of nostalgia may be heavy for the modern youngster who must go forward a few years before he goes back with any appreciation for the good older even better- times. The story is not strong enough to effect a transfer.