Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina
Pura Belpre 2012 Illustrator Honor Book
Friday, February 24, 2012
by: Beth Dobson

Section: Children's Book Reviews

Fall/Winter 2011

Reviewed by Beth Dobson, MLIS Student, School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

Confident Marisol McDonald is a Peruvian-Scottish-American with red hair and a penchant for peanut butter and jelly burritos. Going about her day “not matching,” Marisol likes to mix fashion choices, handwriting styles, languages, and games, despite the objections from those around her. Deciding one morning to match instead of mix, Marisol is miserable. A loving note from her teacher helps Marisol realize that being your own person is more important than being like everyone else. The illustrations help to fully highlight the colorful and dynamic world inhabited by Marisol; the bicultural touches of life found throughout the book will resonate with children in similar environments. Marisol is a spunky role model for all children that “don’t match.” Recommended.

Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina. Monica Brown. Illus. by Sara Palacios. San Francisco: Children's Book Press, 2011. 32 pp. ISBN 978-089239-235-3. Grades PreK-2. Bilingual English and Spanish.

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