The Sock Monkey and the other toys in the house marvel at the prismatic spectrum shining on the parlor floor. They notice that the dazzling colors are somehow emanating from the beautiful glass doorknob on the front door. Winter turns to spring and the apple tree at the front of the house sprouts its new leaves, casting a warm green shadow on the door. But something happens to the doorknob, it seems to be broken, the magical light show hascome to a disheartening end. As the leaves grow heavier, joy leaves the house, until Mr. Crow comes up with plan: to repair the doorknob using very scientifical techniques! Meanwhile outside, notions of celestial events, planetary rhythm, and farmers’ almanacs are discussed by two new characters, a bug and a bird named Rickets and Scurvy.