Sheboygan Born Author Paying it Forward to Other Kids with New Christmas Character

An anti-bullying message is at the core of a new Christmas Book "Oliver the Ornament"  currently available on Amazon or 

Oliver the Ornament is a heartwarming tale of one family's cherished Christmas ornaments.

The story centers on Oliver, who has been with this family since Mom and Dad's very first date. Years later, Oliver, now injured and bullied, still has the magic of Christmas in his heart. The story follows Oliver's excitement for Christmas, his heartbreak, and his determination to overcome all odds to save the day.  Oliver, along with his friends, will warm your heart with his kindness, humility, and love for his family and friends.

The author of Oliver the Ornament, Todd Zimmermann, is originally from Sheboygan.

"I hope the story will bring families together to tell the stories of their own ornaments and the special meaning that so many of them possess," says Zimmerman. "I also hope the messages of bullying, redemption and forgiveness will resonate with readers everywhere."

Oliver the Ornament is the first in a series of seven books that will be published by Zimmermann and parent company Oliver & Friends, Inc.

Each of the subsequent books will highlight how the ornaments that adorn this family's Christmas tree tell their own beautiful and special stories.

Oliver the Ornament is illustrated by Teddy Lu.

Additionally, an entire line of Oliver-related merchandise is also being sold, including a snow globe, night lights, family puzzle, doll, firetruck, and set of cookie cutters. Zimmermann is also publishing as Oliver the Ornament Coloring Book, and Oliver the Ornament Ornament Collector's Book.

Zimmermann has pledge 5% of the profits from the sale of all books to two children's charities: Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Each subsequent book will donate an increasing 5% of its profits to charity, until the seventh book is published when 100% of the profits will be donated to children's charities.

Supporters of Oliver the Ornament will be able to purchase a copy of the book for hospitalized children.

These books will then be distributed to children between Thanksgiving and Christmas of 2015. Initially, Oliver & Friends, Inc. is working with Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Corner Children's Hospital at The University of Chicago, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

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