When you're small in the city, people don't see you, and loud sounds can scare you, and knowing what to do is sometimes hard. But this little kid knows what it's like and knows the neighborhood. And a little friendly advice can go a long way.
Alleys can be good shortcuts, but some are too dark. And there are lots of good hiding places in the city, like under a mulberry bush or up a walnut tree. And if the city gets to be too much, you're always welcome home, where it's safe and quiet.