Bernice is having a truly rotten time at her friend's birthday party. First everyone else gets a piece of cake with a frosting rose. But not Bernice. Then everyone else gets strawberry-melon soda. Bernice gets the prune-grapefruit soda. And it's warm. The last straw is the one lousy (squished) piece of candy she gets from the piñata. So when the balloons arrive, Bernice knows just what she has to do: grab them all. Poor Bernice gets carried up, up, and away. Luckily she figures out just how to make her way back down to the party, and she brightens the day for others on her way.