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Parker Looks Up

Written by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry and illustrated by Brittany Jackson
Published by Aladdin Books
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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

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  • The paintings featured in Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment are recreated by illustrator Brittany Jackson so as to reflect the way they were viewed through young Parker Curry’s eyes.

    Endnotes included in *Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment*
  • In the illustration depicting the facade of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, which houses the two Smithsonian museums visited by Parker Curry and her family, “Reynolds” is mispelled “Reynalds.”

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October 15, 2019