Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combinaby Monica Brown, Sara Palacios
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. To Marisol, these seemingly mismatched things make perfect sense together. Other people wrinkle their nose in confusion at Marisol-can't she just choose 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' mixed media illustrations.
A little girl celebrates her multiracial background and pride in her individuality through a creative and non-conformist attitude.
Marisol McDonald loves her fire-red hair and her brown, freckled skin, feels artistic pleasure in pairing polka-dotted shirts with striped pants and enjoys eating PB&J burritos. Misunderstood by her peers, she is continually teased for not ever matching until one day, confidence diminished, Marisol decides to conform and arrives at school in the same-colored clothes, chooses pirates over soccer rather than playing both simultaneously and eats a peanut butter/jelly sandwich on mushy bread. Bored and unhappy, Marisol is delighted when her teacher gives her a note that boosts her self-esteem with this very positive message: "the Marisol McDonald that I know is a creative, unique, bilingual, Peruvian-Scottish-American, soccer-playing artist and simply marvelous!" Double-page illustrations in assorted media match Marisol's eclectic style and include everything from childlike crayon-and-pencil drawings to more sophisticated cartoon art that combines paint and newsprint collage. The bilingual, first-person story works well in both English and Spanish despite, as explained in an editor's note, the difficulty of finding the most appropriate Spanish term for the title's English phrase.
Marisol's varied, distinctive lifestyle and multiracial family affirms our increasingly blended society and clearly celebrates independent thinking. Brava! (author's note) (Picture book. 5-8)
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Meet the Author
Monica Brown is the author of many award-winning bilingual books for children, many of which are inspired by her Peruvian American heritage. Monica is a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in U.S. Latino Literature and Multicultural Literature. She lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. You can find her online at monicabrown.net
Sara Palacios was born in Mexico City. She holds degrees in Graphic Design, Illustration, and Digital Graphic Techniques, and is pursuing her MFA in Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She divides her time between Mexico City and San Francisco, California. Her web site is sarapalacios.com.
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This book is a delightful story for all ages and ethnicities and carries a message for anyone who will spend a few pages with Marisol.
Mismatched and Marvelous! This story of Marisol McDonald and the celebration of her multiracial background and heritage is simply marvelous! It is easy to see why this book was a candidate for the Pura Belpre Award, with its focus on embracing individuality in an increasingly culturally diverse society. The book is printed with both English and Spanish text and is a perfect fit for any reader, including those with or without a bilingual background. The beautiful illustrations in this book complement the text and are filled with a mixed media of wonderful shades of watercolor as well as cut newspaper print blended together. The layout of the illustrations on double-page spreads makes it easy for the reader to see the world from Marisol's perspective. The underlying message of the book is to always be yourself and to be proud of who you are. Overall, the book does an excellent job focusing on the celebration of multiculturalism and is an excellent addition to any child's home library!
Cute book, text is in English and Spanish.