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Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina

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by Monica Brown, Sara Palacios

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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


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.

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Children's Literature - Mandy Cruz
Having an American first name and Hispanic surname I immediately recognized what this book was all about, and it's long overdue. Marisol McDonald has the same problem many mixed children have. She's different, two races merged in her, some traits shared with cousins on her mom's side and some with those on her dad's side and almost no shared traits with the kids at school. At some point she becomes self-aware and uncomfortable wondering if maybe she should try to abandon the other distinctive qualities about herself to compensate for the things she cannot make like everyone else. Then she gets a note from her teacher who's noticed the spunk has gone from her drawing, her choice of game at recess and her lunch that tells Marisol how wonderfully unique she is. How many kids were like me who were the first generation of ?unique' that needed to hear that it was a wonderful kind of unique and not that sarcastic, cutting, soul crushing, "unique?" In a bully's world the mixed child is the easiest target; it is difficult when there is no one like you to turn to for support but when you are armed with self-confidence the bully loses his power. This book is that bullied child's haven. There are plenty of books that tell kids their differences are what make them special but the characters in those books can't do what Marisol McDonald does: she makes us believe that we are special because she is just like us. Reviewer: Mandy Cruz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Marisol McDonald has brown skin, freckles, and hair the color of fire. She pairs polka dots with stripes and eats peanut butter and jelly burritos. She's a Peruvian-Scottish-American who is perfect just the way she is. Why not have a game of soccer-playing pirates or mix cursive with print? That makes sense to Marisol. But others seem to see things differently. When another student issues a matching challenge to Marisol, she has to decide if she will conform simply to show that she can. In this lively bilingual book, Marisol is brought to life in both English and Spanish through Brown's dynamic prose, Palacios's vibrant illustrations, and Dominguez's outstanding translation. This fun book allows readers to meet a wonderful character. Children get a glimpse of what it means to grow up in a biracial family and have other people trying to define what is "normal." The story encourages readers to embrace their uniqueness and be exactly who they are.—Verónica Corral, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC
Kirkus Reviews

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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Lee & Low Books, Inc.
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5 - 8 Years

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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Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
JenLG More than 1 year ago
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!
nancy More than 1 year ago
Cute book, text is in English and Spanish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago