Zimmerman woman writes book to help special children make friends

by Bruce Strand, Arts Editor

Cheryl Moore has a niece with special needs. One of her main concerns about the child is that she be able to make friends.

That’s why the Zimmerman resident wrote a children’s book called “Blue Tooth Sleuth,” which she hopes will help with that situation.

Cheryl Moore, holding her niece as a baby.
Cheryl Moore of Zimmerman, the author,  holding her niece as a baby.

“I wanted to create a special and unique character in hopes of reaching children at a very early age, to accept people for who they are, that we are all different in our own way, and to make friends,” Moore said. “Too many children with disabilities do not have friends.”

The book is 25 pages of rhymed stories, illustrated by a talented 13-year-old from Stillwater, Holden J. Schafer.

All profits will be donated to Gillette Children’s Speciality Healthcare, where Moore’s niece Taylor Fakler receives care. Gillette has endorsed the book, Moore said. Published by Innovo, it is available on Amazon.com, Innovo Publishing, and Barnes & Noble.

The Blue Tooth Sleuth is a whacky character who introduces the reader to his colorful and creative friends. As he uncovers his friends’ disabilities, he sends a positive message to young readers about them. You can learn more about the book on Facebook.com/BlueToothSleuth.

"Blue Tooth" as created by Holden J. Schafer, 13, of Stillwater.
“Blue Tooth” as created by Holden J. Schafer, 13, of Stillwater.

Moore, a Milwaukee native who works as a paralegal in St. Paul, has lived in Zimmerman for five years.

This was Moore’s first endeavor at writing. She reports that she is working on a sequel due to positive feedback. “Blue Tooth Meets Abby Ryders” is intended to help children to better understand cancer in the home and how this can change their lives.

Moore gives much credit to Schafer’s art work for the good response to “Blue Tooth Sleuth.”

“He enjoys drawing and creating with pen and paper,” Moore said. “He is also a huge supporter of sending a message that we are all special in our own way and we all need friends.”

Moore works with Holden’s mother, who recommended him.

Holden J. Schafer
Holden J. Schafer

He made Blue Tooth a hippopotamus, one of his favorite animals.  “They are big, they look slow and gentle, but that is deceiving as they can be very dangerous,” he said. “The other characters were animals I thought up and kept drawing over and over and just made them my own.”

Holden said he liked Moore’s idea of “helping others realize that the differences between people is OK” and wanted to be involved.

“It is fabulous to see how the entire process works and to see the actual book finished and in the hands of real people. I am thankful that Cheryl invited me to be part of this project.”