Welcome to France! Imani Smiles and her family travel to Paris, the city of light, where she meets new friends Chance & Claire, tries on berets, enjoys croissants, and is dazzled by the view from the Eiffel Tower. Oh, and they also save the world-famous Mona Lisa painting from destruction in the Louvre Museum! Truth is, Imani's travels are always full of surprises. So buckle up for a cultural adventure filled with family, friends, fun, and the joys of French culture as seen through the eyes of five-year-old Imani. Her story is sure to make you Smile.
About the Author
Barbara Furlow-Smiles is an author, public speaker, and Diversity Executive. She studied International Relations at Spelman College, received her Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College, studied abroad at University of Capetown, South Africa, and volunteered abroad in Costa Rica. Barbara began documenting her travels at an early age during her first family vacation to Hawaii, which sparked her passion of immersing with people and places as a way to embrace cultural understanding. When Imani Smiles in France was an idea she and her husband, Ernest Smiles, had after visiting over 18+ countries with Imani and seeing the development of her independence, curiosity, and compassion. Barbara currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.
Brock Nicol is an Ottawa, Ontario based full-time professional illustrator with a passion for realism in art. The youngest of 7 children (and twin brother to Barry), Brock was born and raised in Ottawa where he began the pursuit of art at a very early age. He graduated from the Graphic Design/Illustration program at Algonquin College and subsequently began a career as a freelance illustrator. From children's books, greeting cards and individual commissions, Brock enjoys working in many different mediums-traditional or digital. You will find him working daily in his second-floor studio, be it in front of his easel with his painter's palette or in front of his trusty Mac computer.