The adaptation of the McGuffey story in the Christmas album sets the story at Christmas; McGuffey had simply set the story in a time of famine. In both stories, a rich baker invites the poor children to come to his shop, take a loaf from his basket, and return every day until "God sends us better times." As the story goes, the hungry children quarreled over the bread, each one trying to get the largest loaf. One little girl hung back and when the poorly behaved children left, she took the only loaf that was left — naturally the smallest. The next day the children returned, each vying for the largest loaf. This time, the timid girl received a loaf half the size of the day before. When her mother cut open the bread, out rolled shiny pieces of silver, which her mother quickly admonished her to return to the baker for fear of reprisal. The baker, it turns out, was rewarding the young girl for being "contented, peaceable and grateful." In a time of turmoil, the baker saved many from disaster and was kindly disposed to one little girl in particular. Because he had much, he gave much.