Parker looks up An extraordinary moment

Parker Curry

Book - 2019

"This book is based on the viral photograph of African American toddler Parker Curry, who, during a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, became mesmerized by Amy Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama, who she thought was a queen. One rainy afternoon, Parker's mother (co-author Jessica Curry) makes the suggestion that they visit the museum, little sister Ava in tow. At the museum, they see Parker's friend Gia and her mother. The three girls dance through the halls of the mus...eum noticing horses, flowers, and feathers in the famous works of art. Just before they leave, Parker notices the portrait of Michelle Obama, stops in her tracks, and that viral photographic moment is born. Parker's thoughts about what she sees when she looks at Michelle Obama are assumed by her expressive gaze, well captured by illustrator Jackson. The reimagined images of the paintings are brilliant. In one, Einstein seems to be looking down on Parker and Gia, who laugh at his "bushy mustache," and ballerinas in "frilly white tutus" step out of the frame to join the girls as they dance down a hall. (The actual titles of the paintings are included in the backmatter.) One illustration shows a diverse group of children engaging in various activities, which invites young readers to imagine a world of possibilities for themselves, the way Parker does."--Kirkus

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Subjects
Genres
Children's stories Pictorial works
Autobiographical fiction
Picture books
Published
New York : Aladdin 2019.
Edition
First Aladdin hardcover edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Audience
Ages 4-8
ISBN
9781534451865
1534451862
Main Author
Parker Curry (author)
Other Authors
Jessica Curry (author), Bea Jackson, 1986- (artist)
Review by Booklist Reviews

This celebration of a momentous time in the history of the U.S., captured in a single instant, brings the hopes and dreams of a girl of color into immediate focus. Co-written by the subject of the story and her mother, it centers around Parker, an African American girl visiting the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC with her family. While admiring the artwork hanging on the walls (facsimiles of the actual pieces are reproduced throughout the story), she comes across the official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama, by Amy Sherald, and is struck by a likeness that "had rich brown skin, just like Parker," and she sees "a road before her with endless possibilities." Poignant at heart, this book is ideal for children struck by the profundity of the original photo, as well as, more generally, little ones excited by art and art museums. Though the original viral photo isn't included, which takes away some of the story's impact, the rounded, bubbly artwork (final not seen) is affectionate and inviting. An affirming story about the power of art, particularly art featuring and by Black women. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

This celebration of a momentous time in the history of the U.S., captured in a single instant, brings the hopes and dreams of a girl of color into immediate focus. Co-written by the subject of the story and her mother, it centers around Parker, an African American girl visiting the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC with her family. While admiring the artwork hanging on the walls (facsimiles of the actual pieces are reproduced throughout the story), she comes across the official portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama, by Amy Sherald, and is struck by a likeness that "had rich brown skin, just like Parker," and she sees "a road before her with endless possibilities." Poignant at heart, this book is ideal for children struck by the profundity of the original photo, as well as, more generally, little ones excited by art and art museums. Though the original viral photo isn't included, which takes away some of the story's impact, the rounded, bubbly artwork (final not seen) is affectionate and inviting. An affirming story about the power of art, particularly art featuring and by Black women. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Mother/daughter collaborators Jessica, a blogger, and four-year-old Parker unspool this story of an African-American girl's powerful experience with portraiture from the family's real-life museum visit. Ballerina Parker loves dance class, but when her mother suggests they head to the museum one day, the two and little sister Ava fasten their coats, splash through puddles on their way to Washington, D.C.'s National Portrait Gallery, and meet up with a friend, instead. With fast-paced curiosity, they view myriad famous works, reproduced throughout, until, on the way out, Amy Sherald's statuesque portrait of Michelle Obama brings Parker to a full stop, wide-eyed and "spellbound" in Jackson's digital art. The viewing sparks a change as Parker sees herself represented, feels "powerful and strong, and... inside she was dancing" as she contemplates "a road before her with new possibilities." The anecdotal narrative is a bit loose in places, but the creators' conceit—that representation makes all the difference—is profound. Ages 4–8. (Oct.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"This book is based on the viral photograph of African American toddler Parker Curry, who, during a visit to the National Portrait Gallery, became mesmerized by Amy Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama, who she thought was a queen"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When Parker visits the museum with her mom and friend she is captivated by the portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama, a picture that inspires self-assurance and hope within herself.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

In a story inspired by the young author’s viral photo of her awestruck response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s portrait, a young girl visits Washington, D.C.’s National Portrait Gallery and finds her life transformed by the historical examples of its subjects. 50,000 first printing. Simultaneous eBook. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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**

Review by Publisher Summary 5

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**