Miles was always loved the animals he saw in the zoo. He had books on the
animals of the jungles of the Amazon, Africa and Asia. He wore tee-shirts with
his favorite animals on them. Miles had models of the animals he saw in the zoo.
He even had his own model zoo! He had stuffed animals of monkeys, zebras,
hippopotamuses, but his favorite was the giraffe. He visited the giraffes in the
zoo every time he went. Miles even asked the zookeeper about the giraffes. Miles
had lots of books and magazines on giraffes and he learned a lot about them. He
knew what they ate, how the slept, where they lived, how long they lived and
what they liked. He always dreamed about caring for giraffes.
One evening one of Miles’ teeth came out. He showed the tooth to his parents and
they told him to place it under his pillow that night before he went to sleep
and make a wish. His mother told him that there would be a surprise the next
morning for him. So he rushed to get ready for bed, placed the tooth carefully
under his pillow and made a wish. He wished for a pet giraffe. Soon Miles was
The next morning, Miles woke up. It was time to get ready for school. He quickly
looked under his pillow and saw a shiny silver dollar where he had placed his
tooth. Then he noticed a shadow pass by his bedroom window. He wondered what was
that? The wind was not blowing and there were no trees near his window! Miles
went to his window and opened the curtains and what did he see? It was a young
giraffe looking straight at him through the window! Miles could not believe what
he saw. His wish came true! He opened the window and the giraffe stuck his head
into Miles room and licked his face clean. Miles decided he would name his new
friend Twiga, the Swahili name for giraffe.
Miles hurried to get ready for school. He washed his face, brushed his teeth and
dressed for school. He rushed downstairs for breakfast with his parents. Miles’
mother greeted him good morning and served his breakfast. She asked him if he
received his gift for his tooth under his pillow. He had almost forgotten about
that gift and said yes he had. His father asked him what were his plans for his
gift and Miles told his parents he had not thought about it yet. Twiga was
looking into the kitchen window at Miles, but Miles’ parents could not see him.
He asked if he could be excused from breakfast to arrive at school early for a
new project. His parents agreed and wished him well for the day. Miles hurried
out the back door into the backyard and found Twiga standing near the door
waiting for him. Miles gave Twiga a hug and walked him to a grove of trees in
the far corner of the backyard for breakfast. Miles said goodbye to Twiga and
promised to return to him after school. Miles started to leave the yard and meet
with his friends to walk to school. His friends Randy and Jessica met him at the
gate. They came face to face with Twiga at the fence. They asked Miles how did
he get a giraffe in his backyard? He explained about losing his tooth and
placing it under his pillow after making a wish and finding Twiga at his window
this morning.He also told them that he doesn’t think his parents can see Twiga.
Miles reminded them that it they must leave now to get to school on time. They
began to walk down the sidewalk when Jessica noticed that Twiga was following
them. Miles tried to get Twiga to stay at home, but Twiga still followed him.
They noticed that the neighbors that were rushing to work did not see Twiga.
They passed by as though he was not there. When they left the neighborhood and
walked closer to town, they noticed that the old ladies and old men sitting on
the benches waiting for the bus could see Twiga and they would point and wave.
Miles, Randy, and Jessica finally arrived at school. All of the students stopped
and ran to get a closer look at Twiga. They welcomed him and pet him. The bell
rang and Mrs. Butler, the principal, shouted for all of the students to stop
standing in their groups and get to class before she places the whole school in
detention. She obviously could not see Twiga because she didn’t say anything
about him being there and she usually doesn’t miss thing. It looked like none of
the teachers were able to see Twiga. Twiga was too tall to come inside the
school, so he stayed on the playground eating leaves on the trees. He would
occasionally peep into the window of Miles’ classroom to see what he was doing.
Soon it was lunchtime and Miles, Randy, and Jessica met outside at the picnic
bench to eat lunch with Twiga. Soon more of the classmates came over to feed,
pet, and play with Twiga. All of the students enjoyed their time with Twiga,but
the teachers did not notice anything different. Lunchtime was over and the
students returned to their classes and Twiga returned to eating tree leaves and
twigs. It was three o’clock, the school bell rang time to go home. All of the
students rushed out of the school building. It was Friday and the weekend was
starting. Everyone could not wait to get home. Miles looked for Twiga. He did
not have to look far. Twiga was walking toward him with Jessica, Randy and a few
other classmates hanging on to Twiga’s legs as he walked. They decided to take
the long way home through the park. The children and Twiga enjoyed their time in
the park. The children played on the swings, the slides, the merry-go-round and
other play equipment and climbed on Twiga. Twiga enjoyed everybody at the park.
He even kissed a grandmother and grandfather sitting on a bench tending to their
grandchild in a stroller. They rubbed his nose and head as a thank you for the
kiss. It was now time to go home for dinner. Randy and Jessica were asking
Miles if he would allow Twiga to spend the night at their houses later during
the month. Miles said he would let them know after he had spent more time with
Twiga. They were soon at Miles’ house. Randy and Jessica said goodbye to Miles
and Twiga and went home. Miles walked Twiga into the backyard and closed the
gate. He asked Twiga not to leave the yard without him and Twiga nodded his head
as if he understood. Miles walked into the backdoor of the house. He could smell
the wonderful dinner his mother had cooked. Miles’ mother announced that dinner
was ready and instructed her husband and Miles to wash up for dinner. When they
all sat down to eat, Miles’ mother asked him if he had an interesting day and
Miles told her it was a very very interesting day. No need in telling his
parents more. So he left it like that!