ARTIST: sali sheppard-wolford

bigfoot sasquatchMY SECRET FRIEND
color and keep storybook
$7.00 + $3.50 shipping


My Secret Friend was written by my mother, Sali Sheppard in 1978, for her three girls (I was the youngest of the three).

While living in the foothills near Mt. Rainier in Washington state, Sasquatch became a very real, and sometimes frightening, part of everyday life. First, the children at school would tell tales of creatures being seen in the woods around the town; then the family began to have their own weird and wonderful experiences with these creatures. This intricately drawn and beautifully rhymed coloring book was written to help calm the fears of her daughters (particularly the two youngest), and to instead explore the wonder of being given a rare opportunity to experience the magic of living with Bigfoot in their backyard.

The story follows a young girl's journey as she discovers the existence of a huge, hairy "manimal" in the woods behind her home. Despite others' disbelief, she befriends the enormous beast and learns the truth about the Sasquatch mystery and something about her own species as well. A surprisingly touching ending completes the tale.

Beautiful pen-and-ink illustrations cover every page, surrounding hand-drawn boxes of text (GREAT for beginning readers!). Sali's Color and Keep Storybooks provide HOURS of creative fun for kids OR adults.


  • 8.5"x11"
  • 28 pages (black and white)
  • spiral bound so it lays flat
  • fully hand-drawn
  • age 5-95
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Page 3, colored (note: This is a coloring book - it will not arrive colored!)

One evening I was walking
in the woods behind our house.
I heard the bushes rustle
and I thought it was a mouse.

I heard my mother call me,
"Amber, time to take a bath."
So I forgot about the noise
and headed back along the path.

I hadn't come back very far
when, much to my surprise,
a huge and furry thing ran by!
'Twas brown and twice my size!..




Sample pages. Click on a photo to enlarge (please note that the book will arrive in black in white. Colored photos are shown for example only. THIS IS A COLORING BOOK)

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Author/Illustrator Sali Sheppard-Wolford (my mother), seen here with husband Bob Wolford, is a prolific writer with a natural talent for writing. A self-proclaimed junk-junkie, Sali's home in the hills of central Oregon is reminiscent of Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. There isn't an inch of wall or shelf space not covered by some fascinating trinket. Surrounded by weird and wonderful things, she creates her stories from the ecclectic world she inhabits.

Most often recognized as "Grandma Sali" from her regular appearances on the Fox Kids Club, KLSR TV, Sali's stories continue to delight readers of all ages. She has self-published 15 Color and Keep™ children's books and has written 3 adult fiction novels. Her fourth book, Valley of the Skookum, an account of the Bigfoot-related happenings near our home in Washington State during the late 1970's, is now available through Pine Winds Press. You may order directly from the author by snail mail if you'd like an autographed copy, or order at a discount through Amazon.com:Valley of the Skookum: Four Years of Encounters With Bigfoot




October 9, 2014

Sasquatch Abductions - An examination of several historical reports of Sasquatch abductions. How many can you count that mention a group of Sasquatches in a cave at the edge of a canyon?

July 1, 2014

Bigfooting in a ghost town - Join us as we visit the remains of an old company logging town and examine sighting reports in the area

April 7, 2014

The most in-depth report on Sasquatch hair color ever conducted... I have examined 1270 reports in the Oregon Bigfoot database for color frequency. Also, thoughts on Sasquatch hair-growth patterns, a surprising analysis of Sasquatch hair compared to other great ape hair, and an examination of genetic diseases which may be apparent in eyewitness reports, including albinism, skin conditions and more.

February 5, 2014

Digging back through 20 years of files... Read an eyewitness account of close interactions in the media archives

October 25, 2013

A trip back in time to investigate the Wild Man of Winberry Creek and a trip to the woods to investigate some recent reports in the area. Photos and news clippings.

July 23 , 2013

Uploaded to the media archives: a comprehensive scientific look at the data in the OregonBigfoot.com sightings database. Where are Sasquatches most often sighted? When? What activities are witnesses doing most often during sightings? How can you increase your chances of a Bigfoot sighting or interaction? The answers might surprise you! Click here to get started!

May 13, 2013

More of the extensive interview with Midwest long-term witness "Truth". Over an hour of interview clips of candid conversation about what it's like to be a long-term witness and what Truth has learned.

April 2013

A fascinating historical account from India. Fiction or not?

March 2013

Bill and Gary's latest report from the campground has been uploaded! Photos and audio files


Conversations with Truth's adult daughter about ongoing encounters on their property in the Midwest


Multimedia Field Research Journal updated: Followup on a photo and sighting report


This 92 minutes of audio is the first in a multiple-part series of interviews with a long-term witness in the Midwest who is currently having ongoing encounters. You don't want to miss it! Photos and audio included.


Multi-media Field Research Journal updated


Nancy's 18-page report from the 2011 Shasta-Trinity has been uploaded. Last year's trip culminated in a face-to-face sighting. Photos and audio clips, as well as audio of the moment of the sighting, are included. This brings the Campground series to a total of 56 parts spanning a five-year period.

Also, a special update... details available to members.


In the mid 1970's, a family experienced repeated sightings at a lake in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon. Read what happened, find out WHERE it happened, and view the follow-up report detailing our own strange encounters there. Photos


Part 38 in the campground saga has been uploaded. Bill and Gary return to the campground for one night in April. Photos and audio files


An HOUR-LONG INTERVIEW with a law enforcement officer/ex-bigfoot-researcher-turned-witness. What happens when you put the cameras down... and just how close will the Sasquatch come?


NEW AUDIO RECORDING of vocalizations from Ohio.


I've updated my field journal with photos and video, documenting a HISTORIC TRACK FIND on a lake shore near Cottage Grove, OR.


Bill and Gary return to "The Campground". This is part 37 in the ongoing encounters there. Photos and audio


Two new pages of track photographs uploaded - tracks found in mud and snow


In this update to the media archives, I share an audio interview with a long-term witness from Oklahoma, detailing her sightings and encounters over a period of several years. The interview is over 45 minutes in length. Photos included.



Mom and I returned to Valley of the Skookum. Read about Mom's reunion with Youdi and Emily after 30 years... and what we found when we went to the Valley.


Bill's latest report from "The Campground" has been uploaded. Sightings and weird events abound! There are now 36 parts to this ongoing investigation.


In our historical archives section, I've added comprehensive research of "hairy men and women". The Oregon Bigfoot blog has been updated with a complete timeline of the events surrounding the 2011 Melba Ketchum Bigfoot DNA Project.


Check out the new plant school section in the Oregon Bigfoot Research Tools.. Learn about Pacific Northwest plant species and their uses, as well as their relation to bigfoot reports.


We follow up on a vocalization report hours after it happened and interview the witness on location. Photos and video.


The follow-up report to Nancy's return to the campsite (below) from OB member Bill O'Neill, who visited the site shortly after Nancy left. Fascinating interactions and a couple of sightings... as well as some things that are truly unexplainable!


OB Member Nancy's return to the campsite. Nancy has, once again, outdone herself with an amazingly detailed report of the events that took place while she camped alone at a site in Northern California where she's had encounters in the past. 8 pages of detailed field reporting, photos and audio recordings.

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