From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-Laura and her brother, Tommy, eagerly await their trip to Aunt Martha's house for the holidays. "Aunt Martha says her Christmas tree looks magical. She says it's huge and sparkly and it glitters like a zillion stars." When their car breaks down on the way, the trip is ruined and the family faces the prospect of a treeless Christmas at home. Laura finds a small, raggedy tree left behind by the man selling them, and decides to bring it in to cheer up Tommy. In Baumgart's Laura's Star (Little Tiger, 1997), the girl rescued a star when it fell from the sky. That episode is briefly recalled here. She remembers that even though she set it free and it floated far away, "she knew it was her friend." In this story, the star comes into the house, topping the tree and decorating the whole room with silvery light. Laura smiles her secret smile and says, "It must be magic." The star is a glittering hologram created in a technique reminiscent of the one used in Marcus Pfister's books.