The Day of Ahmed's Secret - by Florence Parry Heide
Young Ahmed is a butagaz boy, delivering butane gas to customers all over the bustling, noisy, crowded, colorful city of Cairo. He’s a young boy, perhaps twelve years old, and despite working a difficult job, he has joy because he has a secret. All day long, as he maneuvers his donkey cart through streets crowded with cars and camels, down alleys filled with merchants' stalls, and past buildings a thousand years old, Ahmed takes pride in his secret. It is a secret that will bring honor and delight to his family.