Presenting Princess Solei on Her First Birthday

The Magic in Her Smile

by Shangri-La Durham-Thompson



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/30/2017

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 48
ISBN : 9781524688530
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 8.5x11
Page Count : 48
ISBN : 9781524688523
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 48
ISBN : 9781524688547

About the Book

Nina Solei’s smile touches the hearts of all those she encounters. When her grandpa first held her in his arms, he was overwhelmed by the way her smile affected him. Because he felt such joy, he decided to call her princess. He was also touched by her beauty, her loving and smiling personality, which became more evident at her first birthday party celebration. The narrator retells this event to a young child and emphasizes the lengths we will go to celebrate. Yet despite the cake and ice cream and the presents, Nina’s gift of a simple smile is the greatest gift of all. The story encourages everyone to smile as smiles bring healing and shared happiness.

About the Author

Dr. Shangri-La Durham-Thompson was an avid reader and first began reciting poetry as a young child. In elementary school, she recalls reciting poems such as Paul Revere’s Ride and Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. In high school, she recited the works of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes. Her love for the spoken word led her to study drama education and upon graduation, she taught in an elementary school for two years. She later taught English, communications and drama at the high school level for sixteen years, after obtaining her Master’s degrees. After twenty years of teaching in the public-school system she became an Arts Education Officer for the Department of Education. She has served as an acting Middle school principal and was an elementary school principal for twelve years. She has taught public speaking and communication at the Bermuda College and today, she serves an Education Officer for the Arts and Leadership at the Bermuda Department of Education. Shangri-La believes her name is prophetic as Shangri-La means eternal youth and beauty. In her younger years, she spent a great deal of time painting and selling visual art work. She has written and produced numerous plays and is the host of a weekly radio leadership program, “The Need to Lead.” Dr. Durham-Thompson is currently the district superintendent for eleven church schools in Bermuda having served as her local church school superintendent for almost thirty years. She is married to Stanton Thompson Sr. They have two sons, Stanton Jr and Shan-on. Nina Solei makes her a proud grandparent.