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Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina

(Marisol McDonald #1)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  1,239 ratings  ·  348 reviews
"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 play
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Lee & Low Books
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This book is flippin' awesome for a bazillion reasons, but here are the best ones:

1. Marisol McDonald is a little girl who unapologetically loves herself. Hooray for a book that celebrates a girl who LOVES HERSELF. YES x1000.

2. She's fabulous, biracial, speaks both English and Spanish, and celebrates both parts of her identity. Yay for a book I can proudly display in a multiracial library!!

3. When her friends don't want to play with her, she makes fun by herself. Independence!

4. The story cele
Zoe's Human
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lt, español
Marisol McDonald doesn't match and everyone tells her this, so one day she decides to try matching out. A fantastically colorful book about celebrating all the delightful ways you can express yourself, fight conformity, and embrace your multiracial identity. Suitable for ages 4 to 8. ...more
Jessica Martinez
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a realistic fiction book about Marisol McDonald, a biracial girl who doesn't mind acting or dressing differently than the other children. Everyone who knows Marisol tells her that she doesn’t match. Her cousin tells her that she doesn't look like him because she is brown, yet she has orange hair. Her brother tells her that her outfits never match. Her teacher tells her that her writing does not match because she mixes cursive with print. Even Marisol’s language does not match as she mixe ...more
This Pura Belpre' Honor Book would make an adorable addition to any primary library. In the story, everything from the Marisol McDonald's red hair and tan skin to her lunches of peanut butter and jelly burritos doesn't match. She feels pressure to "fit in" and "match" but realizes that she is perfect the way she is. This book is based off the multiracial life of author Monica Brown and her extended family. ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina
by Monica Brown

Awards: 2012 International Latino Book Award; Pura Belpré Honor, 2012
Audience: Primary K-3; Ages 4-8 years
Genre: Picture Book--Fiction; Bilingual; Multicultural

Then I see him. He has one floppy ear and one pointy ear, one blue eye and one brown eye. He is beautiful!
I walk over and he leaps into my lap. I cuddle him and it sounds like he purrs.
“I think we found just the right dog for you, Marisol.”
My puppy is perfec
Jan 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-lit
"My name is Marisol McDonald and I don't match because...I don't want to!"

This adorable picture book introduces readers to Marisol McDonald, a Peruvian-Scottish-American, polka-dot wearing pirate-soccer playing girl. Marisol is perfectly aware that EVERYONE tells her how she doesn't match, she just prefers polka dots and stripes - at the same time. Marisol tries to match, but the help of her teacher, Marisol learns that it's best to be herself. When she "matches" it's just not as much fun!

This v
Ying Lee
Marisol McDonald is a little, happy girl who doesn't like to match. Polka dots ans stripes, peanut butter and jelly burritos, and drawing with different media are some of her favorite combinations. As her brother, friends, and the school teacher keep telling her: "Marisol McDonald, this doesn't match!"(unpaged), she begins to wonder if she could actually match something! This thought nags in Marisol's head for a while, which makes her determine that "I, Marisol McDonald, will match" (unpaged). E ...more
Jennifer Huff
Apr 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Audience: I think the audience for this book is primary elementary. Because of the observations that the students make about Marisol, I think that first and second graders would be the best audience for this book.

Appeal: I think this book would appeal to first and second graders because they love mismatching things, like socks and ketchup with eggs. They are experimenters at this age, but also very observant and not afraid to tell you what they see or think that is different. I think they would
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-book
Marisol is different, everyone tells her. Marisol likes to wear polka dotted shirts and striped pants. Marisol has brown skin and red hair and freckles. Marisol likes to eat peanut butter and jelly on burritos. Marisol speaks Spanish and English. Marisol no combina; Marisol doesn’t match.

I loved reading this book in Spanish to my bilingual children at school and seeing how many of them identify with Marisol. I identified with Marisol, too, growing up with a Catholic mom from a city in the North
Joanna Thompson
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Remembering: Describe what happened at school when Marisol was indoors and outside at recess?
Understanding: Who do you think caused Marisol to choose to wear matching clothes and draw correctly colored pictures?
Applying: Could this have happened here at school? Why or why not?
Analyzing: If the teacher had not given Marisol the note, what may have happened?
Evaluating: Justify why you should be who you are no matter what.
Creating: Design a poster to show the importance of accepting one another’
Brandi Smith
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This bilingual picturebook was awarded the 2012 Pura Belpre Honor.It is written in both English and Spanish, and intended for children ages 5-8(P).
Marisol McDonald is unique in every way. When she tries to change for her friends she quickly relizes that she is just fine the way she is.
I gave this book four stars. Self-confidence and self-acceptance are the prominent themes. I love how the author celebrates Marisol's individuality. Although, she is much different than the other kids she is still
Onesia Thompkins
Oct 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Heather Pool
This book appeals to any gender, maybe more towards girls around the grades preschool to second. This book is bilingual so I think this would be great for ELL students, they could practice reading the english part but feel comfortable because there is spanish there. The story has a great message about being yourself and not letting anyone change who you are and the illustrations are unique because on each page there is a spanish article of some sort in each picture. I really enjoyed this book. I ...more
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
A multi-culti, salad bowl of a character you can't help but love. (Since the melting pot idea is pasee, I went with the salad bowl metaphor). A great Spanish bilingual book for schools and family reading. Think Junie B Jones or Clementine, or any of those spunky young girls.

What is especially nice about this story is that she DOES second guess her individuality and tries conforming, only to realize she liked being herself best--in the end.

This book was an honor book in 2012 for the Pura Belpre Award. It’s a great read for young girls ages five through eight (grades kindergarten through second grade). This is a cute story about a young girl named Marisol who is not like other girls her age. She wears mismatched clothes, plays weird games at recess, and eats different foods. This book is very appealing because of its colorful pictures and relatable story line. I would recommend this book to reluctant readers.
Audience: English Teachers, Counselors, K-6th, Art Teachers, and Spanish Teachers.

Appeal: This book is great for counselors with kids who may have mental instability and a great self-esteem story. Spanish teachers can use this to read to the students in Spanish or have the teachers practice their Spanish. Art teachers can use this as a way of expressing yourself through art and being unique.

2012 Pura Belpre Honor Book
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Audience: PreK-3

Appeal:Just a cute, cute book! The girl in the story refuses to be what everyone expects and is also a great combination of her parents. Great pictures and sometimes it looks like part of a picture is made from cutting up book pages. The story is told in English and again in Spanish on facing pages.

2012 Pura Belpre Award Illustrator Honor book
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bilingual requests
A little girl is told by everyone that she doesn't match. When one kid tells her "you couldn't match if you wanted to!" She sets out to prove him wrong, but doesn't find it much fun. Her teacher gives her a note at the the end of the day saying she is simply marvelous just the way she is.

I rounded up because I love the ending- of course she names her new dog "Kitty."
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for all kids because it primarily focuses on being true to yourself, though biracial and bicultural children will of course benefit the most from it. Since the book is bilingual and I like to read both languages to my kids, I would prefer less text on each page to keep their attention.
April Robertson
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Audience: k-3rd grade

Appeal: This is an amazing story to use in a classroom to let your student know it is ok to be different. The story had a great story line and an amazing ending.

2012 Illustrator Honor Book Pura Belpre Award-Multicultural
Samuel Graham
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bilingual Spanish/English book... Bi-national (Peruvian American), biracial little girl discovers the beauty and acceptance of being "mismatched". Mixed media illustrations with several pieces of Spanish-language newspaper used in collage. ...more
Danielle Mootz
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-books
We loved this bilingual book!!
Alexander Goos
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match is a book written by Monica Brown, it is about a half Scottish have Peruvian girl who loves “mismatched” things. She has bright red hair, brown skin, loves to wear polka dots and stripes, having PB&J burritos for lunch, and being a complete fusion of everything. To Marisol, seemingly mismatched things are perfect together. Other people disagree with Marisol’s idea of being mismatched, they wonder why she cannot be just one, but she refuses to be put into one catego ...more
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The title of the book is Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match. The author of this book is, Monica Brown. This book was illustrated by Sara Palacios. The book was published by, Publishers Group West in China, in 2011. This book is realistic fiction. A special feature in this book is the English and Spanish text on each page. This book has 32 pages. This hardback edition cost, $17.95. The ISBN is, 978-0-89239-235-3.
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald No Combina takes place in modern times ov
Anaese Vega
Oct 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Grade/Interest Level: Preschool/Primary/Upper Elementary (K-3rd grade)
Reading Level: Lexile AD580L
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Multicultural

Main Characters: Marisol McDonald
Setting: Unknown City.
POV: Marisol

This book is about a mismatched girl named, Marisol McDonald, who is half Peruvian and half European. Marisol's skin is the same olive color as her mother's but her hair is the color of carrots -like her father's. Whenever anyone tells her she doesn’t match she defends herself by sa
Brown, M. (2011). Marisol McDonald doesn't match. San Francisco: Children's Book Press.

Picture Book

This book is about a “Peruvian-Scottish-American” girl who finds that her unique characteristics sometimes set her apart from her peers, making her “not match.” She likes to eat peanut butter and jelly burritos and has brown skin with red hair. She also speaks English and Spanish at home with her parents. The book embraces the theme of “not matching” and features English text on one page, and Spani
Cynthia Lagunas
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/ Marisol McDonald No Combina" is a bilingual picture book written about a young Peruvian-Scottish girl. I would definitely recommend this book because it embraces being multiracial and multicultural.

How and by whom are perceptions of difference transformed and with what implications for future relations?

Marisol has tan skin and fiery-red hair, she realizes that the way she looks can sometimes confuse people. Not everyone is accepting of how "mismatched" she is and
Kaitlyn Steckbeck
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina" was a very good book to encourage creativity among children. The book tells the story of a young girl who is a Peruvian-Scottish-American and speaks both Spanish and English. She thinks in a different way than others around her so they tell her all of the time that she "doesn't match". Since she has red hair but brown skin, even her appearance doesn't match according to her cousin Tato. She tries to match one day but it bores her and ...more
Vamos a Leer
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match / Marisol McDonald no combina, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Sara Palacios, is a bilingual book about a young girl who isn’t afraid to be herself. The book celebrates her individuality and ethnic diversity, and would be a great addition to any classroom.

After being taunted for her appearance and her eclectic way of playing, Marisol goes through a moment of doubt and concedes to wearing clothes that match and doing other “normal” activities. The book te
Sarah Collins
Oct 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Book Title: Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown

Description: Marisol McDonald is a Peruvian-Scottish-American child with brown skin and red hair. She is unique and creative, but never matches. She eats peanut butter and jelly burritos, mixes English with Spanish, and dresses in green polka dots with purple strips. In this story, she comes to know that she should like herself just the way she is!


1) First Person Point-of-View: Monica Brown uses a first person point-of-view. She n
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