A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows what it's like to visit an art museum and lists the names and artists of the actual paintings featured in the story in the book's back matter.
Looking ar art is fun. Seeing someone who looks like you in a painting hung in a famous museum is inspiring.
Positive Role Models
First lady Michelle Obama is seen as little Parker's role model. And Parker, her family and friend model going to a museum as a place of fun and learning. In terms of representation, all the characters are African American.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Parker Looks Up is a picture book that offers fictionalized story inspired by a real photograph that went viral on the internet. Co-authored by young Parker Curry, now 4, and her mom, writer Jessica Curry, the book recounts a day when Parker, her little sister, Ava, and their mom went to the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. The girls and a friend have fun looking various paintings, then suddenly Parker stops in her tracks and looks up with amazement at the portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama, asking, "Who is SHE?" Illustrator Brittany Jackson captures the moment a museum-goer had snapped and shared online when Parker was 2, as well as the whole day of discovery at the museum.
Is It Any Good?
This simple story of a little girl being wowed by a portrait in a museum takes on extra meaning as her revelation that someone who looks like her could be a famous, glamorous, important person. Seeing little Parker make that connection is thrilling, and shows the power of representation. Like the expression says, "If you can see it, you can be it." As the first African American First Lady, Michelle Obama was an inspiration to Black girls everywhere, and this book shows the moment a youngster discovered her through art. Brittany Jackson's final illustration and a photo on the back cover show Parker wearing a kid-size version of the dress Obama is wearing in the painting, a cute embodiment of her new role model's style.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.