Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment
by¬†Parker Curry,¬†Jessica Curry,¬†Brittany Jackson (Illustrator)
A¬†New York Times¬†bestseller!
A visit to Washington, DC‚Äôs National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry‚Äôs young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama‚Äôs portrait.
When Parker Curry came face-to-face with Amy Sherald‚Äôs transcendent portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn‚Äôt just see the First Lady of the United States. She saw a¬†queen‚Äîone with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth who captured this young girl‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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, ‚Äúanything is possible regardless of race, class, or gender.‚Äù