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      On his birthday, Johnny Daniel Stewart, age 5, was the happiest boy in Peoria,
Illinois
.  He was excited because he was going to the circus with Mom, Dad, and
brother Bo
.
      As soon as they arrived at the circus, Johnny bought popcorn and delicious cotton
candy.  Clutching his ticket, he anxiously waited in line.

      As Johnny neared the main entrance to the circus tent, he could see a funny clown
juggling many balls.  The ticket Johnny held in his hand had a sparkling star on it.
      Seeing the star, the ticket-taker exclaimed, "Wait, little boy, your ticket is special.  The
star allows you to sit in the very front row!"
      Johnny rushed to his seat, and the show immediately began.

      "TOOT-TOOT," chugged a steam train as it rolled toward the center stage.  The train
clickety-clacked in a big circle and stopped directly in front of Johnny.
      Clowns wearing colorful costumes jumped out of one tiny car and did tricks that made
everyone laugh.  Johnny wondered how so many clowns could fit inside such a small car.

      Johnny was delighted to see the chimpanzees balance on bicycles.  All of a sudden,
CoCo, the baby chimpanzee, disappeared.  Johnny noticed him ride his bicycle out of the
circus tent straight into the parking lot.
      Johnny jumped from his seat and dashed after CoCo.  Johnny was able to save
CoCo just before he crashed into a big truck.  He then returned the thankful CoCo to his
loving mother chimpanzee.

      Then the ring master announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, today we have a very
special guest in the audience.  His name is Johnny Daniel Stewart, age 5, from Peoria,
Illinois
.  Today is his birthday and he just saved the life of CoCo, the baby chimpanzee.  
Let's give him a big round of applause."
      Johnny smiled broadly as he joined the ring master on the center stage.

      Just then Johnny saw several clowns wheeling out a huge birthday cake.  To his
surprise the cake read: Happy Birthday, Johnny Daniel Stewart, and thanks for saving
CoCo, the baby chimpanzee.
      Suddenly, a cuddly teddy bear jumped out of the giant birthday cake.  Johnny
laughed and clapped his hands as three ballerina bears danced just for his birthday.

      Lovely ladies riding a team of horses galloped into the center ring.  Johnny was
amazed to see the beautiful horses leap through blazing hoops of fire.
      The ring master invited Johnny to ride on one of the horses.  Johnny waved to
Mom, Dad, and brother Bo as he rode past them on the white stallion.
      Johnny thought, "It's great fun to be in the circus!"

      Next, a bright red fire truck carrying fire-fighting bears raced toward a burning building.
      Johnny, along with Mom, Dad, and brother Bo shouted, "Jump!  Jump!" to the bear
trapped inside the burning building.
      Quickly the frightened bear leaped into the safety net below.  In a hurry rescue bears
stopped the fire by spraying water on the raging flames.

      The ring master announced, "Ladies and gentlemen, our world famous elephants will
perform for you!"
      The huge animals did balancing acts, while clowns did cartwheels on their backs.
      The ring master asked, "Johnny, everyone thinks you're great, won't you please join
the circus and travel around the world with us?"
      Johnny replied, "I would love to be in the circus, but I would miss Mom, Dad, and
brother Bo
."

      The ring master pleaded, "For your birthday, will you lead the grand parade?"
      "I would love to," replied Johnny.
      He immediately climbed on the back of a huge elephant and proudly led the parade.  
Johnny waved goodbye to his friends and promised to visit them when the circus
returned to Peoria, Illinois.  
      Johnny told Mom, Dad, and brother Bo, "I will never forget my wonderful birthday
adventure at the circus."
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