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Early Summer 2007

Dear Friends

Chinaberry came into existence 25 years ago. I will always remember the feeling months before -- the emotional, mental, and physical sensation that washed over me and through me the instant that inspiration struck. My husband and I were driving from Seattle to Portland one August day, when I knew without a doubt that a children's book catalog with detailed descriptions of the books our family and our friends' families enjoyed would be welcome in others' lives. I was assuming that there were countless parents like me, a little idealistic and convinced that if you do your best to treat others as you would have them treat you, and surround your children with images and experiences that are in line with this way of being, surely the world would be a more gentle and peaceful place. Finding books that showed characters being kind and respectful to each other, appreciating the natural world, having innocent fun at the expense of no one's feelings, and being true to their best selves was my small attempt at enriching the lives of those who would eventually grow up to make choices that would affect our world and planet.

So, the first Chinaberry catalog, hand-lettered and 40 pages long, came into being -- all 400 copies that I took a chance on having printed. A rented P.O. Box, a tiny ad in Mothering Magazine, and a Rolodex on the kitchen counter all set the stage for what turned out to be an affirming and heartwarming ride. As orders trickled in, I found that I was right: there were parents who cared in the same way that I did. Two-year-old Elizabeth helped me pack books at the kitchen table (with an occasional fork or spoon added in with the orders, I came to find out later) and long distance friendships began that last to this day.

While a lot has changed through the years, there's also a lot that hasn't. The kitchen table is no longer the packing station, but we still read thousands of books to find the few that make it into the catalog. Today you can expect our Customer Service representatives to answer your call, rather than whatever family member happened to be near the phone when it rang. We order stock now, not in 4 or 5 copies of a title, but in the hundreds. Thank heaven our accounting department has taken bookkeeping off my hands, and ever since our very first employee appeared on the scene, we have been privileged to have staff that any company would die for.

Now Chinaberry is serving a new generation of parents and children, and we no longer send out forks and spoons in your orders. But some things will never change, like our commitment to being a beacon of light in this sometimes harsh world.




Other Issues:
From our archives

Holiday 2013 -- Embracing the World of Wonder

Winter 2013 -- Recipe for a Happy Thanksgiving

Fall 2013 -- Finding Beauty in the Everyday Tasks

Late Summer 2013 - Taking Our Own Advice

Midsummer 2013 -- Appreciating Nature's Bounty

Early Summer 2013 -- Being Prepared

Late Spring 2013 -- Having Realistic Expectations

Spring 2013 -- Offering Mothering Wisdom

Early Spring 2013 -- Being True to Our Nature

Holiday 2012 -- Appreciate the Goodness

Winter 2012 -- Enjoying the Anticipation

Early Fall 2012 -- Looking Back to Appreciate Now

Summer 2012 -- Chinaberry's History & Future

Early Summer 2012 -- My Dad

Late Spring 2012 -- My Satisfying Yet Untraditional Upbringing

Spring 2012 - The Consequences of Our Actions

Early Spring 2012 - Learning From Experience

Winter 2011 - The Small Moments

Holiday 2011 - The Good Deed

Fall 2011 - Gratitude

Late Summer 2011 - Overwhelmed? You're Not Alone.

Midsummer 2011 - Louise's Gallery

Early Summer 2011 - Flying 101: Giving Them Wings

Late Spring 2011 - Letting Them Fail

Spring 2011

Early Spring 2011 - Encouraging Your Kids to Live Their Bliss

Fall 2010 - The Chinaberry Commitment

Late Summer 2010 - In the Blink of an Eye

Midsummer 2010 - It's Her Story

Early Summer 2010 - Weathering the Storm

Gifts From My Mother

Spring 2010 - Enjoy the Ride

Early Spring 2010 - Enter the Land of Dirt and Bugs

Winter 2009 - Less Cleaning, More Meaning

Holiday 2009 - Finding Gratitude Every Day

Fall 2009 - Teaching Children Through Our Actions

Late Summer 2009 - A Spoonful of Sugar

Midsummer 2009 - Give Your Kids the Gift of Boredom this Summer

Early Summer 2009 - Who's the Kid and Who's the Parent?

Late Spring 2009 - Making Connections

Spring 2009 - Fully Engaging With Our Children

Early Spring 2009 - Building Character While Playing Characters

Winter 2008 - Never Underestimate the Value of a Good Hello

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Holiday 2007

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