Soot and grime notwithstanding, tiny Piccoletto enjoyed his work high above the tall stately people on the ground. From his position he could ride clouds, visit with his friends, the owl and the cat, and generally withdraw from worldly cares. It is only on Christmas Eye that is vulnerable to loneliness capacially when he accidentally fids himself in the : toy-bedroom of a rich little boy. Santa Claus comes to the rescue by injecting life into the beautiful doll with whom Piccoletto has fallen in love and all is well by Christmas morn. Despite Ennio di Majo's large full color illustrations, the book falls short of gratifying youngsters at holiday time largely because of material that waters down the essentials.