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Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina (edition 2011)

by Monica Brown, Sara Palacios (Illustrator)

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Title:Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina
Authors:Monica Brown
Other authors:Sara Palacios (Illustrator)
Info:Children's Book Press (2011), Edition: Bilingual, Hardcover, 32 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:being yourself, realistic fiction, multicultural, k-3

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Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina by Monica Brown

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Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match is a great book because it explains that being different is not wrong, and the book is bilingual. Throughout the book, Marisol McDonald gets teased for wearing and doing mix-matched things. Marisol loves “green polka dots and purple stripes”, even when her brother tells her that they “clash”, and when Marisol asks her two friends who want to play different games if they want to combine the two games to play one game of “soccer-playing-pirates” they say “no way” so she plays be herself. Marisol then decides to conform to her friends and family’s suggestions of no longer mix-matching, but she hates it so she goes back to what she loves and finds out that being yourself is always the best! This book is also wonderful for classrooms looking to enhance their language diversity. The book has both the English and Spanish translations on the same page so children can use both languages while also keeping at the same pace during lessons. This book would be good for helping children to understand that being different is great and they should never change just because their friends may not like it. ( )
  CaseyKlasmeyer | Sep 20, 2016 |
“Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match” is about a little girl who grows to embrace her individuality, even when people are telling her to fit in. This story is all about being you, no matter what other people think or say. Character development and descriptive language are two elements of this story that stood out most to me.
She has “flaming red hair” and “nut-brown skin” paints a good picture of what Marisol looks like. She eats outlandish things like peanut and jelly burritos and dresses however she wants every morning. The author’s use of descriptive language gives us a great visual of what Marisol looks like and what she’s interested in. The character development is also something that stands out in this story. Throughout the story, we see Marisol’s teacher instructing her to match and wear her hair a certain way. Every time she wears something different, the rest of the class wants to follow in her footsteps. She finally listens to the teacher and wears what she’s “supposed” to, and just doesn’t feel good about or like herself. She realizes that she enjoys being different from everyone else and ends the story wearing braces. Through character development and descriptive language, we see the importance of being an individual and standing out, along with just being yourself. ( )
  BlairThompson | Sep 19, 2016 |
I think this book is great for children learning English. I really liked that it teaches the reader to be themselves. I thought it was great that the illustrator showed how sad she was when she tried to be normal and match for a day. It really helped the reader to feel how she was feeling during that time. Also, I liked how her teacher supported her style and encouraged her to be herself. I thought it was a great lesson for a younger student. ( )
  KellyMiguelez | Sep 19, 2016 |
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match bionic Brown and illustrated by Sara Palacios is a great book for kids because it teaches a lot of valuable lessons within the story. The story is focused on a young girl who wants to wear a pattern of clothes that do not match. Her classmates tell her that it is weird and end up breaking her spirits. As the story goes on she realizes that she is comfortable in her clothes and wants to wear whatever she is happy in. My opinion of this story is that it is powerful and allows students to relate to Marisol when they are laughed at for being different, just as she was in school. She teaches young children a lesson to be comfortable with who you are because everyone is unique in his/her own way. The lesson in here can be taken in many ways. it can even be related to races and cultures. No one should feel ashamed of who they are. Marisol exemplifies someone who is proud to be who she is no matter what anyone thinks of her. Kids who are a minority in their class can relate to Marisol and by reading this book it can remind them that they should not worry about anyones opinion. In the end of the story when Marisol stopped caring about what others thought about her and she was happier and more free to dress however she wanted. This is how everyone should feel about themselves. ( )
  Conor_Thackston | Sep 19, 2016 |
Marisol Mcdonald doesn’t match is a very interesting book to read and I really enjoyed the story. I like this book for a few reasons. First, the most important in my opinion, is that this book is bilingual. Each English-written part has a corresponding Spanish-written part. This is really emphasizes the story. Also, the illustrations throughout the book are really interesting because they sequence what is happening during the story. This helps readers to really grasp the feelings and emotions. For example, when Marisol is conforming to the “matching” lifestyle the illustrator shows how disappointed and unfulfilled she feels. Another small reason that I like reading this book was that the character’s name is Marisol McDonald. Marisol is definitely a Spanish name while McDonald sounds more Irish. Having the two backgrounds in just her name really ties the whole story together. Overall, the big idea I gathered after reading this book was the idea of knowing your self-identity and embracing your individuality. ( )
  TaylorSistek | Sep 19, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0892392355, Hardcover)

My name is Marisol McDonald, and I don t match. At least, that s what everyone tells me.

Marisol McDonald has flaming red hair and nut-brown skin. Polka dots and stripes are her favorite combination. She prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos in her lunch box. And don t even think of asking her to choose one or the other activity at recess—she ll just be a soccer playing pirate princess, thank you very much. To Marisol McDonald, these seemingly mismatched things make perfect sense together.

Unfortunately, they don t always make sense to everyone else. Other people wrinkle their nose in confusion at Marisol—can t she just be one or the other? Try as she might, in a world where everyone tries to put this biracial, Peruvian-Scottish-American girl into a box, Marisol McDonald doesn t match. And that s just fine with her.

A mestiza Peruvian American of European, Jewish, and Amerindian heritage, renowned author Monica Brown wrote this lively story to bring her own experience of being mismatched to life. Her buoyant prose is perfectly matched by Sara Palacios engaging acrylic illustrations.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:57:58 -0400)

Marisol McDonald, a biracial, nonconformist, soccer-playing pirate-princess with brown skin and red hair, celebrates her uniqueness. Marisol McDonald no combina. Es pelirroja y morena; su ropa es de varios colores; juega a los piratas futbolistas; y le gusta ser unica.… (more)

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