Kieron’s Special Friends
Val Edward Simone and Robert B. Marcus Jr.
Illustrated by Joshua McGill
Kieron, I hope you are back playing soccer real soon.
~ Your Friend, Joshua McGill, Illustrator
Kieron was a special little boy.
Everyone said he was.
He was very smart, but it didn’t make him special. He
was very funny, but it didn’t make him special. He was a
very nice boy, but it didn’t make him special.
What made Kieron special, was his very good friends,
Kato, a lion, Tafari, a tiger, and Gwandoya, a tall
giraffe. You see, not everyone has a lion, a tiger and a
giraffe for their friends, but Kieron did. They were
very happy together.
When Kieron rode his bike to school, Kato, Tafari, and
Gwandoya trotted alongside him. When Kieron went to the
store, they went with him. And when Kieron played in the
park, his special friends were right there as well. In
fact, where ever Kieron went, his friends went also.
Even in school, they were right behind him, but, of
course, Gwandoya had to bend down very low because he
was so tall.
Kieron liked to play soccer. He was an excellent player.
In fact, he was the best player on the team. He scored
more goals than anyone.
On one special day, Kieron had to go to a special
hospital and visit a doctor. His friends wanted to go
into his room with him, but the doctor said it was not
possible. Kieron became very sad and soon he missed his
friends very much. They missed him, too. In fact,
everyone was sad.
Proton Gator came to visit Kieron one day. Proton turned
on his powerful glow because he was so happy to meet a
new friend. The next day Kieron felt better, but he was
still sad because his special friends were not with him.
Proton Gator thought for a little while and then left
He went to the doctor and explained that young Kieron
was getting better, but was still very sad.
“Hmmm,” said the doctor, “I don’t know what to do. What
do you think, Proton?”
“Well,” answered Proton, “I heard he was very happy when
he came to the hospital with his special friends. I
think you should let them visit him in his room. You
know, doctor, I think it might make all the other
children happier as well.”
“That sounds like a great idea, Proton,” said the
doctor. Let’s try it.”
The doctor went to Kieron’s friends and told them to go
ahead and visit Kieron. He said he hoped it would make
Kieron feel even better.
As Kieron lay sadly in his bed, he heard a growl. When
he looked up at the door, he saw his special buddies
smiling at him.
“Wow!” he shouted, “You’re here.”
“We never left,” said Kato.
“We will never be far away from you, Kieron,” said
“Yeah,” added Gwandoya, “We would never do that.”
Well, Kieron was so happy to see his friends that he
jumped up off the bed and hugged them all. Of course,
Gwandoya had to bend very low to get his hug.
Kieron crawled up onto Kato’s back and together they
rode through the hospital. In no time at all, all the
other children felt much better when they saw Kieron and
his special friends.
Today, all the children in the hospital are much happier
and feeling very good. Kieron, being a special boy,
shares his friends with all the other children. Now
everyone says that Kieron is even more special.
Kieron, I hope get back to doing fun things with your
~Best wishes to you, Your friend, Val Edward Simone,
Kieron, it has been an honor to meet you.
~ Best wishes to you, Your friend, Dr. Robert B. Marcus