Through 7-year-old Vicky, we hear of one special activity the Austin family does each day of Advent, whether making cookies, hanging wreaths, or setting up a nativity scene. But this year Mommy is due with another child and Daddy, a doctor, is often on house calls. This classic tale extols the virtues of love and patience. 56 pages, hardcover. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.