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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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There are three reasons I liked reading this Spanish, bilingual book. The first reason is because of its unique illustrations that enhance the story. For example, Marisol McDonald is a very unique and different individual. The illustrations on some pages seem to be painted on newspapers and cut out. The uniqueness of the illustrations supports Marisol as a character and also makes it more intriguing to read. The second reason I enjoyed this book is because of the conflict in the plot that keeps the reader excited and wanting to read more. For example, Marisol gets teased for being different, so she decides to be ‘normal’ for a day, and realized that being her true self was not how she wanted to live her life. The conflict encouraged me to read and figure out if Marisol continues to try to fit in or not. Finally, I enjoyed this book because the character, Marisol, was very believable and relatable. For example, Marisol stands out because she has brown skin with red hair. There are many students who feel like outsiders due to their hobbies and physical appearance, so Marisol shines upon accepting one’s self and being a unique individual. The main message of this story is to be happy with one’s self as well as not conforming due to bullying. ( )
  pparka1 | Apr 14, 2016 |
I loved this story. It was simply written with a positive message that it's okay not to fit in one category. I would use this story in the library to talk about each person's differences, and how each person's unique qualities can benefit a group.
  Mrominger | Apr 10, 2016 |
Marisol has hair the color of fire, loves to wear the combination of polka dots and stripes, and prefers peanut butter and jelly burritos. According to her friends, brother, kids at school, and even her teacher (who complains about Marisol’s use of cursive and print together), she doesn’t match. This doesn’t bother Marisol in the beginning, but then a classmate challenges Marisol to match.

For one day, Marisol attempts to be like everyone else. Her clothes match, and her normally wild hair is tamed and put into braids. She plays pirates at recess, even though she wants to play soccer pirates. She eats a mushy, regular peanut butter and jelly sandwich at lunch, and she creates a normal drawing in art class with a house and a rainbow. At the end of the day, her art teacher, Mrs. Apple, gives Marisol a note. “I want you to know that I like you just the way you are, because the Marisol McDonald that I know is a creative, unique, billingual, Peruvian-Scottish-American, soccer-playing artist and simply marvelous.” Afterward, Marisol embraces her uniqueness wholeheartedly, and it’s no surprise when she names her newly adopted puppy “Kitty.”

The illustrations by Sara Palacios show just how special Marisol is. Unique art, ostensibly created by Marisol herself, covers the inside and back covers. When Marisol attempts to fit in one day, her appearance in dull and depressing. The illustrations are mismatched as well, consisting of acrylic drawings and what appear to be black and white cut-outs from print.

This bilingual picture book tells the story of a vibrant little girl embracing and celebrating her heritage and her unique personality. ( )
  Msnem | Apr 10, 2016 |
The two texts are side by side (English and Spanish) which provides multiple literacy and learning opportunities for both mono and bilingual speakers. This book could be used in a class with a mixture of English and Spanish speakers with vocabulary lessons for both languages. ( )
  Tara.Haupt | Apr 9, 2016 |
In this story, Marisol McDonald finds herself to be different from the rest of her class as well as her family. She doesn't like to match, she doesn't eat the kind of food anyone else does, and eventually, through annoyances of other's opinions, she grows sad and begins to grief. Her teacher eventually notices, and lets Marisol know that it is okay to be different than others. The book gives a light hearted representation of the acceptance of being original, or unique,
  HectorG | Apr 4, 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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