In lineaments and mien this resembles the Pamela Bianco books, and it is similarly on the border between the old-fashioned and the never-never. The absence of orientation is slightly disquieting since the characters except for Miss Tillie who is ancient anyhow -- express attitudes that could be current. It's a nooks and corners sort of story that never tidies up all the plot threads; central is Katie's longing for the faded sugar-candy heart (reputed to be fifty years old, but she'll eat only a bite) in Miss Tillie's notion shop and her decision that it be one of the gifts of the Wise Men in the Christmas pageant. At the moment that the big gold star over the manager begins to glow and Katic sees -- or thinks she sees -- the form of a laughing Infant, the three gifts disappear. Miracle or not, an evanescent celebration of a little girl's faith, suited to reading aloud (small print, big words) during the holiday season.