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Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash: Marisol…

Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash: Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin…

by Monica Brown

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In my opinion this is a great book! I loved how one page there was English and on the next page the same things was written in Spanish. This allows for any group of students to see that books can be translated and have access for all to understand a story. The use of Spanish words in the story also allows for students to pick up and learn a few key terms that are frequently used in the Spanish language amongst a family. The characters were live and vibrant. The main character was a girl who never matched and liked it that way. She made things her own and I feel students need to see that you do not have to fit a stereotype and being your own person is a great thing. The illustrations also go perfectly with this book. The character is energetic and vibrant and has a lot of character which is what the pictures portray. The use of bright colors and lots of movement coincide with the story. This books main idea I feel were many. First, it portrayed the idea of being your own person. However, it also portrayed how your loved ones who live far away can always be close to your heart. ( )
  aromer7 | Mar 21, 2017 |
This book introduces important concepts to younger students. For example, it describes how someone from a foreign country needs a visa to visit America. It includes Spanish and English text, including a glossary in the back to explain the meanings of the Spanish words throughout the text. Monica Brown does a great job at showing kids that being different is a good thing. ( )
  emilymcnally | Sep 7, 2016 |
I really enjoyed this book for several reasons. The illustrations were very eye-catching and match Marisol's personality quite well. Marisol McDonald is a quirky, happy individual and her character is very likable. I love that she shows young readers that being yourself is fun, not something you should be insecure about. I thought the funky theme of her party was a little strange, but everyone who attended had a blast. Even though Marisol's abuela, who lives in Peru, could not attend her party, she ends up talking to her through video chat. I think this was very heartwarming because Marisol was so happy to see her abuela, even though it was just on the computer. I also really liked how this book was written in both English and Spanish. It would be a good read for ELL students because it is bilingual, and many of them could relate to Marisol because they also miss relatives in other countries.
  amanna2 | May 13, 2015 |
This book is about nonconformity and being unique. Eight year old Marisol enjoys wearing clothes that don’t match and eating orange juice in her cereal. Basically, if Marisol likes something, she does it whether others think it’s strange or not. Marisol is having a birthday party and wishes that her grandmother could be there. However, she lives in Peru and cannot afford to come to America. Marisol saves her money so her grandmother can talk to her through the computer during her party.
I really enjoyed this book for a couple of reasons. First, I liked the fact that Marisol shows that being your own person leads to fun and uniqueness. For example, she chooses to have a unicorn/soccer/pirate/princess birthday party. Although others think this is a bit strange, everyone ends up having a great time. Another reason I like this book is because Marisol unselfishly earns money to send to her grandmother in Peru. It shows that she thinks of others and is willing to go out of her way to help them. Although this is not the main theme of the story, it is an inspirational addition. Finally, I like this book because it is written in English and Spanish on every page. This makes it a good teaching tool for English and Spanish readers. ( )
  KristyPratt | Mar 23, 2015 |
I adore Marisol and all the other clash bashers I meet each day. She is bursting with energy and originality and she shares it with everyone she loves. This is a great book for showcasing multiple topics. You could do originality, diversity, family, and even immigration. ( )
  Angelina-Justice | Feb 3, 2014 |
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"A unique, spunky, multiracial, bilingual girl plans a one-of-a-kind birthday party and hopes her abuelita (grandma) will be able to come from Peru to join the festivities. Includes an author's note and glossaries"--

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