The Question and Answer section for I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
There are different settings in the story. They are in:
-San Francisco, California
-St. Louis, Missouri;
The store is her favorite place during her childhood, and filled with great magic as she grows up. She is really excited about working in the store.
The "powhitetrash" girls come into the store to make fun of Ma and Big Ma. Ma refuses to let the girls get the better of her. Ma and Big Ma hold themselves with dignity against their racist taunts.