Ex-CP resident, wife create customized books for families

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Harley Green’s creativity went into overdrive when he moved from College Place to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. There he met and teamed on a book project with future wife Adrienne Lemon Green.

Currently living in Hermosa Beach, Calif., the pair were hard at work formulating their See It’s Me Books business during their engagement and subsequent wedding, Adrienne said. Married on Oct. 12, 2008, they launched the company a mere six weeks later on Dec. 1.

Harley graduated from Walla Walla Valley Academy in 2004 and USC in December 2007. At USC he majored in computer engineering and computer science.

During the day he is a full-time computer engineer at Aerospace Corp. Evenings he is site developer and "fixer of all things technological" for See It’s Me Books, Adrienne said.

The Greens’ company just released its third book in a line of children’s stories into which customers can put the whole family. The tales are as adaptable as they are charming, Adrienne said. Their third effort allows children to read about themselves as the family spends a day at the beach.

She said what readers like most is the personalization. "Several people have told me that their children choose to read the Christmas book year-round because the child likes to read about him/herself and the family."

Adrienne said "each short tale stars a child or children – presumably the recipient of the book – who can be customized to the buyer’s liking, adding a sense of connectedness and authenticity to a market oversaturated with impersonal fairy tales." The Greens envision putting real children into real situations, linking the youngsters’ imaginations to actual life experiences.

Harley attended Rogers Elementary and Walla Walla Valley Academy in College Place, where parents Yvonne Stratton and Stanley Green reside. Harley appreciates the sense of community the area offered.

"Seeing that many of today’s children do not have such a supportive environment, he wanted to create a book series that could help fill the void." Coming from a divorced family, it was often impossible to find books that related to his personal experiences.

Adrienne wants children to feel their distinct situations should be celebrated as special and just as valid as any other lifestyle.

Harley works with her on many other aspects of the company, from printer relations to marketing and everything in between Adrienne said.

The company began with their first book, "(Your Child’s) Very Special Christmas Story." It centers on a Christmas event, including myriad customization options to weave together a child’s real world and the world of literary imagination.

With the second story, entitled "(Your Child’s) Fun Family Trip!," the Greens built upon the initial innovation by including more customization options to complement the artistry involved in making each book.

"See It’s Me Books offer customization for any family structure and ethnicity, giving people a sense of belonging."

To order the book or have a closer look at the production process, visit www.seeitsmebooks.com. They are offering local readers a special ordering code: WWUB25, which is good for 25 percent off through Dec. 20. The Greens can be reached at See It’s Me! Books, P.O. Box 1220, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254; e-mail business@seeitsmebooks.com .

Online, see www.seeitsmebooks.com or call (424) 212-9194.


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Sheri Santos, left, won Milton-Freewater Rebekah Lodge’s annual raffle and stands before the prize quilt she won.

Donna Stewart fashioned the quilt last winter in shades of pink, purple, white and a floral print.

The $600 in raffle funds raised this year will be used for a scholarship to benefit a McLoughlin High School senior.

The lodge has been doing this project for about 20 years.

Walla Walla Country Club Women’s 18-Hole golfers won the Wine Cup this year, after a close playoff competition Oct. 13, said Joan Schille, the club’s Wine Cup captain.

The 6-month competition, from May through the October playoff, is against area golf clubs. Others that compete include the Meadow Springs, Pendleton, Yakima and Tri-City Country and Sun Willows Golf clubs. A competition is held each month at a different host course and accumulative scoring is kept throughout the year. Local women who competed during the year and helped win the trophy include Sue Chestnut, Dona Dunovant, Tracy Eytchison, Tricia Harding, Jan Harvey, Jan Johnson, Claire Knipe, Kathy Mauer, Margy Monahan, Sarah Michelson, Joan, Sandra Smith and Jane Wilkins.

Waitsburg 14-year-old Michaela Nordheim scored big at the state Make It With Wool competition Oct. 31 in Spokane. The even is held in conjunction with the annual Washington State Sheep Producers Association convention. Michaela won in the junior division with a military-look ensemble of pants, shirt, jacket and hat sewn from two shades of green Pendleton wool. She will proceed to national competition in January at Nashville, Tenn.

Renee Roach of Walla Walla also participated in the junior division, entering a plaid wool jumper she sewed. And Roxana Acock represented Walla Walla in the senior division by entering her basic black dress and a full-skirted, bright pink coat with shawl collar.

Washington Wool Growers Auxiliary and Washington State Sheep Producers sponsor the state contest. All ages are encouraged to make, model and enter fashionable wool garments. District contests are held throughout the state during October. Qualified district winners proceed to the state contest. For more details, contact Susan Parr of Tacoma at 253-922-5403. Online see home.earthlink.net/~washingtonwoolcontest/ .

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or 526-8313.


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