"Little Red Fire"
The "Little Red Fire" is the first book in the Little Pearl series.
The idea for the story grew out of the patches of dry reeds which cluster around the vicinity of Tehran. The boys loved to light these reed patches on fire. It was fascinating how quickly the power of the flames could destroy the reeds and burn itself out. Despite the fire's power, two or three reeds always remained standing.
As a child, Mahdi imagined those reeds asking the fire why it wanted to destroy everything and the fire responding, "this is the only way I can show my power". Mahdi thought that there must be a better way of showing one's power through helping and giving to others.
This idea became the basis for the "Little Red Fire" story.