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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The story highlights famous Black dancers and prominent African American dance theaters throughout history in the book's illustrations and after the story. There's a note from ballet star Misty Copeland at the end of the book.
Joy comes from expressing who you are in a way that makes you happy, like dancing. Practice is important, but so is believing in yourself. Always follow your dreams. Open your heart to help others.
Positive Role Models
Parker is a very positive role model in the story, as she displays perseverance and passion for dance. The Black dancers featured on posters in her dance studio and bedroom are also positive role models and trailblazers due to their many accomplishments. This includes Misty Copeland, who in 2015 became the first Black female principal dancer at American Ballet Theater in their 75-year history.
The book features an African American main character and a racially diverse cast, with themes of friendship, compassion, and teamwork.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Parker Shines On: Another Extraordinary Moment is a beautiful picture book that features an inspiring story about 6-year old co-author Parker Curry, the main character of Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment. Co-authored by Parker's mom, Jessica Curry, the New York Times bestselling duo shares another memorable story from Parker's life. Parker has a passion for dancing and shines during dance parties at home, but when she meets an exceptionally talented dancer in her class she questions what it takes to be a real dancer. The importance of self-expression, following your passion, and helping others are all themes in the book.
Is It Any Good?
The famous mother-daughter writing duo Parker and Jessica Curry do not disappoint in this follow-up to their New York Times bestselling hit. Parker Shines On: Another Extraordinary Moment is another wonderful book, with lots of positive messages for young readers. Parker's passion for those she cares about and perseverance in accomplishing her dreams pirouettes from page to page. Illustrator Brittany Jackson's bright and emotion-filled pictures instantly draw in readers. This is an upbeat, inspirational book for young girls everywhere, and a sweet ode to African American dancers who paved the way for girls like Parker.
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