The little girl who narrates this nicely modulated piece visits old Mrs. Mallory on her way home from school every day, and the two are comfortable together in Mrs. Mallory's ramshackle house. Mrs. Mallory shares her canned soup and fried sweet bread and her mail (""See! This mail is addressed to 'Resident.' That means you""); and the little girl brings in the stovewood, writes the old woman's letters, and draws nice pictures on the cardboard that Mrs. Mallory has in the windows instead of glass. All of this ends when Mrs. Mallory dies suddenly, and on the last page the little girl has adopted her dog. The soft, two-color pictures, which show the little girl to be black and the old woman white, reflect the warmth of the relationship--especially where Mrs. Mallory, her young friend, and the dog dance barefoot on the porch to celebrate Mrs. Mallory's letter from her son.