Juanita has just moved to the Hilltop community and is anxious about her first day at a new school. She feels much better when mama offers to accompany her to Mrs. Jenkins? class. However, throughout the day, each time mama attempts to leave, Juanita is not ready for her to go yet. When it?s discovered that mama is celebrating a birthday, Juanita and the class want to give her a party. In the spirit of making it a surprise party, mama is allowed to leave - Juanita is finally able to let her go.;Juanita is ready for the adventure of her new kindergarten class, but she?s having difficulty finding her place with eleven classmates who already know each other. Mrs. Jenkins observes Juanita?s struggle and explains to her class that they are all crewmembers on the Friend Ship. Timothy volunteers to be the captain of this Friend Ship and helps Juanita make new friends.