"Ayobami is an African girl who dreams of going to school. After war comes to an end, she can finally return to the schoolhouse. But in order to do so, she has to take a dangerous path through the jungle. Armed only with a piece of paper and a worn-out pencil, she embarks on a hazardous journey to fulfill her unweaving desire to learn and write"--Amazon.com
Everything's new for Mariama after a long journey by car, train, boat, and plane from Africa. She's going to discover a world where the streets, her school, and the food are all different. But what about the people?
Imparts a lesson about taking responsibility through the story of Kuku the chicken, who, after tearing her dress and borrowing a family heirloom needle from Mwewe the eagle, carelessly loses the needle, causing the friendship to end