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Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match

30 Apr

12629258Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Sara Palacios (2011)

Marisol McDonald doesn’t match for several reasons. As you can tell from her name, one is Peruvian the other Scottish. Her skin is brown and her hair is orange. Her pants don’t match her shirt. Her favorite lunch is peanut butter and jelly burritos. Her drawings of pink polk-a-dotted elephants are unusual. Marisol McDonald wouldn’t have it any other way. She likes her unique combinations. But on the advice of a friend, Marisol McDonald tries to match. It was not a great success. She found matching clothes hard to find, matching sandwiches mushy, and matching pictures boring. Luckily for Marisol, her art teacher noticed her change and with a simple note signed ‘Ms. Jamiko Apple’ convinced Marisol that she was ‘simply marvelous’ just the way she was! The next day, Marisol put on her mismatched outfit and went to the pound to get a puppy. Of course, a regular dog just wouldn’t do and Marisol chose the one with one floppy ear and one pointed one, one brown eye and one blue eye. The perfect puppy for Marisol was mismatched and marvelous… she named him Kitty!

Monica Brown is a children’s author of multiracial heritage just like Marisol McDonald. She is Peruvian and Spanish mixed with Scottish, Italian, Jewish, Nicaraguan, Mexican, Chilean, and African… and everyone in her family share one thing – freckles. She is American, and she embraces all citizens of the world. She is the author of award winning bilingual books for children. Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match is written in both English and Spanish text, one on either side of a page spread.

Sara Palacios divides her life and time between Mexico City where she was born and San Francisco where she studies and works. Her illustrations are natural and authentic. Hidden in each one is text that appears to come from Spanish-speaking newsprint. The artwork is colorful and draws the reader into the story.

This is the first book I have read by Monica Brown, but it certainly won’t be my last. I am completely won over by her style and universal themes. And, like Marisol McDonald, Monica Brown, and Sara Palacios, I too have a multicultural heritage which doesn’t match, but is nonetheless a perfect combination! I look forward to reading more of her work.

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