This is the audio book-companion to Bradley Banana and the Jolly Good Pirate. 

Bradley Banana and the Jolly Good Pirate is the first in publication in a series of 20 children’s picture books from “The Spirit-in-Nature Essences Storybook Collection for Little Blossoms of All Ages.” In this tale, an ordinary day becomes an extraordinary adventure—and the quality of humility rooted in calmness comes to life in a little boy named Bradley Banana. When he meets up with the pompous pirate, Captain Clumpalong, will he end up being forced to walk the plank? Richly illustrated by Chitra Sudhakaran, this book will delight parents and children alike.

  • These beautifully illustrated books are a charming way to share positive character qualities with children six years and older.
  • Much like an affirmation repeated before sleep when the subconscious mind is highly receptive to positive thoughts, these books make excellent bedtime stories.
  • Bradley Banana can either supplement your child’s flower essence program, or be enjoyed separately, accompanied by the audio book-companion CD.

Lila Devi

Lila Devi (lee-lah day-vee) is the founder of Spirit-in-Nature Essences, the oldest flower essence line within the U.S., and globally outside the U.K., since 1977. An engaging seminar leader with over 38 years’ experience, Lila lectures nationally and abroad. Through experiential wisdom, humor, and music, she brings an expansive view of people, plants, and animals to her programs, radio shows, and television appearances.

She has authored 4 books spanning 4 different genres: The Essential Flower Essence Handbook (considered a holistic classic, first published in 1996) and Flower Essences for Animals (a guide to helping our beloved pets know the highest quality of life through natural pet care)—both in several languages and the texts for the SiNE Home Study Courses; Bradley Banana and The Jolly Good Pirate, the first in a series of 20 children’s picture books, also in several languages, each personifying the uplifting quality of a flower essence as a little girl or boy who enjoys a cathartic adventure at a juncture of reality and fantasy; and her latest book, a spiritual memoir titled From Bagels to Curry: A Jewish Yogi’s Journey Through the Passing of a Parent.

A graduate with honors from the University of Michigan, Lila holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, psychology, and a secondary teaching certificate, and is considered one of the foremost flower essence developers in the world today. Drawing on her skills as a writer of songs, poetry, and plays, and on her talent as a musician—vocalist, guitarist, and composer—her classes present a refreshing approach to Nature and an awareness of human nature.

Lila’s articles on natural health and expanded consciousness with flower essences—herbal infusions that stimulate our positive qualities—have been published in magazines internationally. Some comments from clients: “Thank you for once again talking with me about my dog Lily. You have helped me make loving choices for her and also assisted me in this long grief process. Thanks for understanding and caring—and for walking me through a hard time and not judging me. You were so kind and loving to a stranger. Warmest regards, Shari.” And: “You definitely have a gift with helping people. I feel like my whole body is calming down. People say how good I’m looking. Talking to you is like talking to a spiritual psyychologist. Francie”

Lila divides her time between Ananda Village near Nevada City, California, and Assisi, Italy, as a longtime Ananda resident. More about Spirit-in-Nature can be found at, a 200-page website with 21 YouTube videos, monthly blogs, free online books and literature, and other practical information. Here are 2 interviews about Lila's latest book, From Bagels to Curry, at:

“An imaginative, delightfully captivating story that will inspire young children, and bring out their highest aspirations.”
—Joseph Bharat Cornell, author of Sharing Nature with Children and founder of Sharing Nature® Worldwide

“With its charming illustrations, this story offers a spiritual truth that makes an ideal bedtime reading for children and parents alike.”
Sara Nischala Cryer, Director, Ananda Institute of Living Wisdom