Oklahoma girl excited her textbook belonged to Blake Shelton, but embarrassed mom had a much different reaction


A textbook that thrilled a young Oklahoma student left her mother feeling “embarrassed” by how old it was.

Shelly Bryan Parker of Ada, Okla., shared a photo of her seven-year-old daughter holding up the book “Look Away” that was apparently the same textbook used almost four decades ago by country music star Blake Shelton.

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“Marley is excited that her ‘new’ reader belonged to Blake Shelton, but I am embarrassed!!!!! I’m 40 and these people are my age!!! Thank you to every teacher/parent/support staffer/etc. for fighting for my kid’s education!!! Don’t give up until education is fully funded!!!!!” Parker wrote, adding the hashtag, “we still love Blake.”

The former teacher told People she was appalled to find the name of the star, who grew up in the same town, in the book.

“I said, ‘No, that can’t be,’” she said. “I can’t believe these books are so old. When I was in school, I wasn’t using books that were 40 years old.”

She was not surprised, however, that Shelton’s name was written in the textbook and speculated that the star, who was last year’s “People’s Sexiest Man Alive,” had heard about her post.

“I’m sure he has. There are so many people that are related to him around here. He has a huge family,” Parker said.

Oklahoma teachers and students by the thousands staged demonstrations at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City last week, demanding more funding for outdated books and better wages.

“I feel like we’re going backward instead of forwards,” Parker told People.

Her daughter’s excitement over having Shelton’s book, however, was something the mother was enjoying.

“Everyone’s been teasing her about being famous,” Parker said. “It’s been kind of funny to see how she acts now that this thing has gone viral.”


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