A New York Times bestseller A visit to Washington, DC's National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry's young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama's portrait.
When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald's transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn't just see the First Lady of the United States. She saw a queen
--one with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth who captured this young girl's imagination. When a nearby museum-goer snapped a photo of a mesmerized Parker, it became an internet sensation. Inspired by this visit, Parker, and her mother, Jessica Curry, tell the story of a young girl and her family, whose trip to a museum becomes an extraordinary moment, in a moving picture book. Parker Looks Up
follows Parker, along with her baby sister and her mother, and her best friend Gia and Gia's mother, as they walk the halls of a museum, seeing paintings of everyone and everything from George Washington Carver to Frida Kahlo, exotic flowers to graceful ballerinas. Then, Parker walks by Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama...and almost passes it. But she stops...and looks up
Parker saw the possibility and promise, the hopes and dreams of herself
in this powerful painting of Michelle Obama. An everyday
moment became an extraordinary
one...that continues to resonate its power, inspiration, and indelible impact. Because, as Jessica Curry said, "anything is possible regardless of race, class, or gender."
**FOREWORD BY ARTIST AMY SHERALD**Author:
Parker Curry, Jessica CurryPublisher:
11.30h x 9.30w x 0.30dISBN:
Ages 4-8Accelerated Reader:Reading Level:
Lower GradeQuiz #/Name:
505249 / Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary MomentReview Citation(s): Kirkus Reviews
09/15/2019 pg. 97Publishers Weekly
10/28/2019School Library Journal
11/15/2019 pg. 1Shelf Awareness
11/19/2019Hornbook Guide to Children
07/01/2019 - Recommended, Satisfactory
About the Author
Parker Curry, six years old, is a New York Times bestselling author and dynamic young mind with a love for ballet and reading. Currently, Parker is in first grade, where she loves to explore art and new books. Precocious Parker lives with her mother, father, younger sister, and baby brother.
Jessica Curry Morton
is a New York Times
bestselling author, mom-favorite blogger, and work-at-home mama who lives with her husband and three children Parker, Ava, and Cash. Jessica's blog, Happy Mama, Happy Babies
, is an authentic motherhood and lifestyle platform that shares her family's adventures, growth chronicles, and everything in between.
Brittany Jackson (Bea for short) is a New York Times
bestselling illustrator who attended the College for Creative Studies and is the grand prize winner and returned alumni of L. Ron Hubbard's Illustrator of the Future Award of 2007. Bea has worked in freelance as a character and outfit designer for various social networking and gaming platforms for more than eight years, though she is most publicly known in publishing as an illustrator.