Little Garlic: Enchanted Tales for All Ages – Avideh Shashaani


WINNER of the National Indie Excellence Award in the category of Children’s Inspirational/Motivational. The stories evoke Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince, with a young protagonist “Little Garlic” and his guide “Onion,” whose layered wisdom provides a passageway to spiritual discovery for all ages.

In a time when society can feel hopelessly separated by fear and competition, Little Garlic is filled with powerful, soothing tales about the deep interconnections at the core of our shared existence. Rarely has so much timeless wisdom been packed into such an accessible and charming publication. It is a book that both children and adults will want to read over and over again. Newly published in both English and Spanish, its stories are about the power of friendship, the value of all things, finding your inner self, and more.

The stories in this collection include:

  • The Special Meeting
  • The Ancestors
  • Magic Wind
  • The Story of Lotus Blossom
  • The Story of Rambutan
  • The Story of Caterpillar
  • The Story of Morning Glory
  • The Story of Strawberry
  • Little Garlic’s Special Dream
  • The Story of Adam
  • The Flower of Peace
  • A Message from Magic Wind


More details about the book are available at:

  • 978-1-954332-00-3
  • Paperback
  • 178

Product Description

To allow children to dive deeper into the lessons of Little Garlic, a Companion workbook, Coloring Book, and Gratitude Journal are also available. Each helps us understand how, despite life’s hardships, we can experience wonder and peace. Little Garlic will nurture a feeling of being at home in the universe.

About the Author:

The Little Garlic books reflect Avideh Shashaani’s unique international experience as a poet and writer, lecturer, advocate for children, and supporter of youth projects for peace and social justice.

She was the sixth annual recipient of the “Waging Peace” award instituted by former president Jimmy Carter. She is the founder and president of the Fund for the Future of our Children (FFC), established in 1993 focusing on youth leadership for peace and social justice.

She is the author of three books of poetry. Her last book, Tell Me Where To Be Born focuses on violence against children. She is the editor of Something Deeper Happened: Young Voices and the 2008 US Election with a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Her poems have been featured in a one-hour program in the Library of Congress radio series for National Public Radio stations. Her poetry and articles have also appeared in anthologies, books and journals, including the Spirituality in Clinical Practice journal of the American Psychological Association, and a book by Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.

She was the first co-director of the International Institute for Rehabilitation in Developing Countries founded by the United Nations, UNESCO, ILO, WHO, and UNDP. She was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the “Socio-Economic Implication of Investments in Rehabilitation of the Disabled”.

She has served on various boards including the Faith and Politics Institute that sponsors Congressional pilgrimages, Thomas Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, Refugee Women in Development, and the Collaborative for Spirituality in Education.

Her work has included bringing meditation and wellness programs to corporations, numerous organizations and government agencies including the U.S. Senate, U.S. Capitol Police, World Bank, Pan American Health Organization, American Heart Association, MCI, and INTELSAT.
She has lectured on Sufism and Islam in forums ranging from the Parliament of World Religions, United Nations Conference on Human Rights, to Georgetown University, the Goethe Institute and the Cincinnati Museum of Art.

Her academic training includes a B.A. in experimental psychology, an M.A. in educational planning and management, and a Ph.D. in Sufi Studies.

Born in Tehran, Iran, Shashaani spent much of her childhood in Washington, D. C. where her father was a diplomat.


Not since Mister Rogers have we had a work for children that is so purely true, without manipulation and sensationalism.
Grace Cavalieri, Maryland Poet Laureate
ADVANCE PRAISE: Avideh Shashaani has written a family story that surpasses the standard of a myth. Here, welcome into a timeless spiritual parable, as old as the protagonist 'Garlic, ' who faces steep challenges to then discover deeper realities, all through a process of peeling back layers of truth by the guide, 'Onion, ' the Virgil of our story.
Lisa Miller, Ph.D. , Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; Author, The Awakened Brain and the New York Times Bestseller, The Spiritual The New Science of Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving.
The world-through your witness-has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Richard Rohr , Founder, Center for Action and Contemplation, Internationally Recognized Author and Spiritual Leader
A spiritual bridge between the young and old. The book reminds us that true words of spiritual wisdom appeal to all ages.
Rob Lehman , Trustee, Fetzer Institute.