Six-year-old Ntombi is thrilled to be sent on an errand by her mother, just like a big girl. It's a long trip to the store, past golden South African hills, across a busy road, and through a spooky forest. On the return trip, disaster strikes: a passing bus startles Ntombi into dropping her package of sugar. Where will she get the money to buy another? Mournfully, she sings her special song in the marketplace and dances--so engagingly that a (black) tourist couple stops to watch, and leaves her with a coin! With coltish, knobby-kneed grace, Ntombi walks through carefully rendered rural scenes in the color illustrations that accompany this happy, long, well-knit story.