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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
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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I liked this book because it was very unique. It is about a little girl who never matches so she gets made fun of. This is appropriate for children because sometimes they can hurt other kid's feelings without even realizing it. The moral of this story is to always be yourself and always be kind to others. The pictures were very vibrant and were appropriate to the text. I also liked that the characters were well developed and relatable to the appropriate audience. ( )
  klane10 | Oct 24, 2016 |
“Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match” tells the story of a young girl who struggles with her self-identity. Marisol, who is mismatched across all aspects of her life, likes being different from everyone else. When her friends and family tell her to match, she struggles with doing what society expects from her even though she is truly unhappy. This story teaches readers to be accepting of their peers despite their differences and to be confident in your own skin because every person is unique in their own ways.
I enjoyed reading “Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match” for three main reasons and I believe that young students would also like reading this book. The plot of the story is an internal conflict for Marisol, the main character, about being true to herself or doing what society tells us to do. After Marisol has a hard time fitting in, she decides that “today, I, Marisol McDonald, will match;” however, when she matches she feels like she loses a little piece of herself. Students reading this book can relate to the internal conflict that Marisol is experiencing as they also determine who they want to be and what they want to be portrayed as. One of the primary reasons I enjoyed reading “Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match” is because of the vivid and bright pictures that illustrator Sara Palacios incorporated into the book. The illustrations bring to life the words on the page, enhancing the story. Marisol, the main character is described as having “hair the color of carrots” and the illustrations show a bright red-headed girl with long locks of hair that show just what the words on the page make the reader visualize in their minds. Another unique aspect of this book is the language in which the author writes the story. The writing is in both Spanish and English which enhances the message that the author is portraying in her writing—that speaking multiple languages makes people unique, not different. Overall, this book pushes readers to think of issues of diversity and treating everyone as individuals. The plot, illustrations and bilingual writing in this book enhances the message the author, Monica Brown, portrays in “Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match;” therefore, I would recommend this book for elementary students of all ages.
  landre8 | Oct 20, 2016 |
This book talks about being unique and how people come from all different places and you never know from looking at someone.
  Jennamg123 | Oct 13, 2016 |
I really enjoyed Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match. Two of my favorite things about this book where the illustration and the descriptive language. The great thing about the illustration is it was almost like a collage of different patterns of paper and newspaper creating the pictures. In a lot of the pictures you could se text that had been lightly colored over so you could still see the writing and other pictures used paper cutouts that looked like wallpaper patterns. The other great thing about this book was the language it used. The language in this book was so descriptive and really helps the reader understand what type of person Marisol McDonald is. Phrases like “flaming red hair” really help put a vivid image in the reader’s head, and explaining things like peanut butter and jelly burritos help us understand how unique Marisol is. This book is about identity and embracing your own individuality. ( )
  CameronMoltz | Oct 3, 2016 |
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 |
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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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