Ahmed drives his donkey cart through the streets of Cairo, delivering butane gas cylinders to his father's customers. He knows everyone and has a part to play in the life of the city. He is proud to be strong enough to help his family, but most of all he is proud of his precious secret, a secret that he keeps until the end of the day. The book reveals a lot about Ahmed's life, and finally his secret - that he can write his name.
Florence Parry Heide is a well-established American author of over 70 books; best-known in Britain for her TREEHORN stories.She lives in Wisconsin.
Judith Heide Gilliland is her daughter. She lived in Cairo for two years and is an expert on Arab culture. She now lives in New Hampshire.
Ted Lewin is a distinguished American artist who travels the world gathering material for his work. He lives in New York.