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Saeid & Shaunie Shammass ---

Saeid Shammass grew up in Shiraz, Iran one of the youngest of ten siblings. He recalls his childhood with nostalgia, remembering the warm and loving environment created by his mother’s bedtime stories. Saeid has always loved drawing and painting. This is his first set of book illustrations, and many of the drawings represent images that he imagined while listening to these stories as a child.

Shaunie Shammass grew up in Edmonton, Canada. She has a doctorate in linguistics and has always loved language and literature. Shaunie’s other main interest is music composition. She has composed orchestral music for dancers and a storyteller, called GreenRobe, based on the second story in this collection.

Saeid and Shaunie met at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada and were married in 1978. They have two children, who have also loved hearing these stories before going to bed. And now, they have a grandson, who will certainly love to hear them as well.


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Persian Women dancing. From a wall painting at "Hasht Behesht Palace" (Palace of 8 heavens), Isfahan, Iran.

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