The Garden of Happiness

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Marisol watches her neighbors excited about making a vacant lot beautiful, so she hunts and hunts and finds her own little patch where she plants a sunflower seed, When autumn comes and her flower dies, Marisol gets discouraged, but her happiness returns when she discovers that a group of teenagers has painted a mural of sunflowers on a brick wall nearby. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trophies, 2005)

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