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Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  1,353 ratings  ·  269 reviews
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. Sh
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 15th 2019 by Aladdin
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Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely adorable picture book for kids! My granddaughter Miss S and grandson Mr. H loved it! A little girl and her mom meet with their friends for a day at the museum. Although the art is spectacular the one that stops her in her tracks is a painting of a queen that she can relate to. It's one of those rare moments where she sees someone like herself in art. A mother, lawyer, writer, sister, wife, who is courageous, smart, caring, honest and inspirational. All the things she can as ...more
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The power of social media! The world looked on as Parker is entranced by Michelle Obama's official portrait in the National Portrait Gallery. We get to enjoy reliving the experience and sharing it with children for years to come. ...more
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
Beautifully illustrated. Heartwarming prose. She came. She stood. She looked up. Adorable and inspiring for all children.
Beth Wisniewski
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated and inspiring prose! I loved seeing the paintings in the museum through Parker, Gia and Ava's eyes; especially the portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama. Fabulous! ...more
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Bringing the world of social media into picture book form, has a lovely message but not strong from a literary perspective.
Nicole M. Hewitt
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Parker Looks Up is a sweet story about the little girl whose picture went viral after she was so entranced by Michelle Obama’s portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. If you’re like me, you probably remember the moment and were delighted by the awe you could see in Parker’s face as she stared up at the portrait.

This story is simple, but that makes sense since it’s told from the perspective of a three-year-old. Parke
Oh wow! My new favorite children's book. It's so perfect in every way! ...more
Ms. B
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture, 2019
Powerful, (view spoiler) I loved it. ...more
Abby Johnson
This picture book tale of the moment capture on social media as 2-year-old Parker Curry stood captivated by Michelle Obama's portrait is a testament to the power and importance of representation. It's also a story about a family visiting an art museum and would fit in well with programming about art or museum visits. Pair this with CROWN by Derrick D. Barnes for more books about African American pride or NOT QUITE SNOW WHITE. ...more
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: African American, DC and Michelle Obama requests
Recommended to June by: Goodreads
Tells the story of the time Parker comes face to face with Michelle Obama's portrait and is spellbound.

Love Amy Sherald's (artist of Michelle's portrait) note.

Cute photo of Parker in a copy of Michelle's dress on the back, though I wish they had included the original photo.
Dannie Moore
This book just filled my heart with so much happiness. This? This is why representation matters.
Dee Dee G
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so well done.
In this absolutely adorable picture book, a young girl visits the National Portrait Gallery and is inspired by the portrait she sees of former First Lady Michelle Obama. Based on a true experience and told by mother and daughter, Parker Looks Up, reminds readers/listeners of the importance of finding out own mentors or sources of inspiration. Life is hard, especially for all too many young black girls, and it's vitally important for them to find examples to help them grow and keep moving forward ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a perfect book to end the year with!
Excellent illustrations. A powerful story made all the better because it really happened. Signifies the power of art, museums - and even more importantly seeing YOURSELF represented in that art. A tear-jerker in a happy way.
Rod Brown
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Nice enough, but did not quite capture the power of the story that swept the internet and caught my attention for a moment.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sooooooooooo sweet! So inspiring. I love this. <3 Also everyone looks adorable in this book!
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

How can you not fall in love with this book? Parker is so amazing. Beautifully illustrated and written. Every little girl should have this book. I loved it.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book and the moment it represents. A little girl seeing herself in a strong and powerful position.
Awesome story, and I like the illustrations.
Erin Buhr
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-books
This is about a little girl who is stopped in her tracks by the portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery. It is based on Parker's real trip with her mom to the museum and while I feel like some of the set up could have been fictionalized to better grab the reader from the beginning, the book as a whole offers that swelling inspiration this moment held. What Parker feels when she looks up, that inspired awe, is well described and depicted. It's a simple moment in tim ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet book! Not only was the real life moment adorable in the photo that went viral, this book was so equally so! Gorgeous artwork accompanied simple text to hit at the heart of Black Girl Magic whilst focusing on a sweet little girl (Parker) and an icon (Michelle Obama) who could inspire anyone. Lovely art, nice, simple writing, and wonderful sentiment.
Margaret Boling
9/5/2020 ~ I love the idea of this book - as expressed so well on the flyleaf and on the third to last spread of the story. The illustrations are light and airy, and the characters huge eyes (that are so popular right now) evoke dreams and possibilities.

I did have a few quibbles with the text. Writing a picture book and leaving space for the illustrations is such an art. In a few places, I felt like fewer words would have been more effective, since the message was conveyed so well in the illustr
Amy Layton
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, okay, even just the thought of writing this review is giving me chills, which just goes to show how beautiful and meaningful and absolutely wonderful this picture book is.  When Parker goes to the museum, she sees all sorts of beautiful artworks, but is stunned when she stumbles upon the portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama.  This is a riveting story about representation, artwork, and the reworking of what it means to see yourself in others.  I would recommend this to any child who struggl ...more
Connie T.
I knew nothing about the inspiration for this story when I first read it and was confused by the fact that the little girl in the story is credited as being its author. It's disappointing that I had to do an internet search before I could fully appreciate the book. Also, I would've preferred to see the original photo that prompted the internet sensation rather than the photo of Parker wearing a dress similar to the one Michelle Obama wore in her portrait. A cute enough story but it's the back st ...more
Sabrina Barrientos
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Genre: Diverse literature
Summary: Parker and her family take a trip to a museum. What Parker didn’t know is that her seeing Michelle Obama’s portrait for the first time would change her life forever.
Specific Genre prompts:
a.The culture that is being emphasized in this story is black culture.
b.No specific cultural events or customs are discussed. Just a regular family attending the museum on their day off.
c.The author did a great job portraying the culture positiv
A lovely picture book about a young African American girl who is thrilled to see Michelle Obama’s portrait in the National Gallery. She believes she’s a queen. The girl was photographed by another visitor and the story became viral. Great news story, beautiful picture book.
Teonna Taylor
I love Parker’s story. Her awe and amazement of Michelle Obama’s portrait is a snippet of the importance of representation and of the need of art work that reflect the beauty and truth of Black people.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Parker and her mom bring to life the story of the iconic picture that went on to captivate the former First Lady herself.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew where this book was going and even though it was predictable, feeling the magic as I read, was not. I felt renewed reading this. Lovely!
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
A very sweet book about a little girl's trip to the art museum. The illustrations are simply sublime and colorful. ...more
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