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Desiraé is a really smart and creative girl who uses her wits to handle a difficult situation with confidence and love.
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Once upon a time there lived a little girl named Desiraé, whose dad owned a balloon factory. Desirae's favorite thing to do in the whole wide world, was to go to her favorite park and give away balloons.
She did this every weekend, after school, on holidays, and every chance she could!
Desirae handed out balloons in all sorts of ways... while standing still as a statue, while paddling her boat, while ice skating, and even while walking her dog Snarfy. (This was a little tricky sometimes, especially when Snarfy would try to chase a squirrel or cat running up a tree!)
Some days, Desirae's friends would come along and help her. Bobby was her favorite companion because he always tried to make people smile when he gave them a balloon. And also because he liked walking Snarfy. :-)
The only times she couldn’t give away balloons was when it rained. On those days, Desirae stayed inside her house and filled balloons.
After school one day, a few older boys and girls came up to Desiraé, and – OH! – they POPPED all of her balloons! It happened so quickly that it took her by surprise.
But oh no, she was not afraid of them. “What do you think you’re doing?” she demanded, as though she were much older and wiser than they were.
“Don’t you see that these balloons are for bringing joy and smiles to everyone? Why would you do that?”
The older kids were surprised by her response. They expected her to run home to her daddy and cry, not yell at them. One boy puffed up his chest in defiance. But the other boys and girls felt bad for what they'd done, and their shoulders slumped a little bit.
Desiraé took advantage of the moment. She looked at the kids with the hunched over shoulders, and said, “It doesn’t feel good when you take joy away from others, does it?”
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