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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: CBP; Bilingual edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892392355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892392353
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8.8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People (Henry Holt), winner of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and an Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction, and Waiting for the Biblioburro (Random House), a Christopher Award winner. Her picture book Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina (Lee & Low) is the winner of the Tejas Star Book Award, the International Latino Book Award, and a Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration. Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash/Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual, the second book in the Marisol series, was published in September 2013.

Monica's books are inspired by her Peruvian-American heritage and desire to share Latino/a stories with children. "I write from a place of deep passion, joy, and commitment to producing the highest possible quality of literature for children. In my biographies, the lives of my subjects are so interesting and transformational that I am simply giving them voice for a young audience. I don't think it is ever too early to introduce children to the concepts of magical realism, social justice, and dreaming big!" Monica is in demand as a conference keynote speaker and has appeared at ALA, TLA, NCTE, Book Expo America, and at book festivals across the country.

Monica Brown is a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in U.S. Latino Literature and Multicultural Literature. She writes and publishes scholarly work with a Latino/a focus, including Gang Nation: Delinquent Citizenship in Puerto Rican and Chicano and Chicana Literature; and numerous articles and chapters on Latino/a literature and cultural studies. She was the recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship on Chicano Cultural Literacies from the Center for Chicano Studies at the University of California. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Flagstaff, Arizona.



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.

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I adored reading this book.
Amanda
There's also a great moment when Marisol is asked why she wanted to try conforming, and suddenly realizes that she can't even remember why it seemed like a good idea.
grrlpup
I would say this would be a great read aloud to any age group, and a read on their own book at about 2nd or 3rd grade.
Megan

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Debnance at Readerbuzz on December 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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 and a Baptist dad from the country in the South, always feeling like I don't match, but never really caring. I admired Marisol's courage in creating fun new ideas from tired old ones.

"My teacher, Ms. Apple, doesn't like the way I sign my name. `Marisol McDonald,' she says, `this doesn't match! At school we learn to print and use cursive, but not at the same time.'

But I like the way Marisol McDonald looks."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. R. Chaverri on March 17, 2013
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We love this book! The main character, Marisol is simply adorable and yet powerful! My children talk about Marisol as if she was their friend: when picking their clothes in the morning, when choosing breakfast, when deciding what game to play.

We are a bilingual family so this book is especially relevant to us, but I read this book at my daughter's preschool and both the children and the teachers loved it!

I also liked that the dog was adopted from a shelter instead of bought. What a great lesson for kids!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather (Davidson) Maneiro on May 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Marisol loves art, color, peanut butter and jelly burritos, and soccer playing pirates, so it is not a surprise when she names her new puppy - kitty. Marisol loves her life and her uniqueness until everyone keeps pointing out how she doesn't match. She wakes up one morning deciding to try to change and spend the day matching. When the art teacher asks her why - she realizes she doesn't really know. A beautiful note from the teacher helps Marisol realize that her uniqueness makes Marisol, Marisol.

What a positively inspiring book celebrating a child's uniqueness. A great story to share with students who are different - especially children from multi-racial backgrounds.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan on November 24, 2012
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Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match is a great book about a little girl who is told she does not match. She wears mismatching clothes, she likes PB&J burritos, and has her own personal way of writing her name. When people keep asking her why she doesn't match, she decided to try and match. In the end, with the help of a caring teacher, Marisol learns that it is better to be herself.
I would say this would be a great read aloud to any age group, and a read on their own book at about 2nd or 3rd grade.
I would recommend buying this book for a classroom or personal collection because it has a great message of being yourself. Also because it is bilingual, it is a great book for both English and Spanish readers.
Great book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on April 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The cover of the book and title already makes the reader guess at what the story is going to be about and draws the reader right in. As soon as the story starts the reader can already tell that the story is about a little girl who is full of confidence and embraces her mixed heritage. This little girl loves that she is different from everyone else and enjoys that she is from different cultures. As the story goes on she gets teased and it puts her down but in the end she realizes she is unique and that is what makes her special even if it doesn't match what everyone else expects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amber's Book Reviews on November 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Great book had me laughing at the end. I love this book and its lovely text with captivating illustrations. I would use this book in my classroom as a beginning of the school year read aloud. This is great way to build confidence in students. It teaches them that people can come from more than one culture and that plays a very important part of being who you are. It also teaches students that everyone is a unique individual that should be proud of themselves and should never feel that they are different. I think this is a good way to get every student comfortable in their skin and in the classroom. Palacios' illustrations are lively. She portrays the mismatch of Marisol's outfits well. The technique of having text appear on some objects is used which is the only problem I seen with the book, as I found it a bit distracting, but others may really like it. All in all I would recommend this story as one to read to young children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. M. Johnson on November 25, 2012
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Marisol McDonald Does Not Match is a great book.The story shows how a young girl named Marisol likes things that normally do not go together. She like to eat peanut butter an jelly burritos and likes to dress in polka dots and stripes. All of these things are perfectly normal to Marisol, but not her classmates and teacher. When Marisol tries to be like everyone else on day she is asked why by her art teacher. Marisol realizes she enjoys being different, unique.
The illustrations in the book add vibrant shades and colors that help show the artistic flair of Marisol's uniqueness.
This story is a great tool to teach children it is okay to be an individual. Uniqueness is not a b ad thing. As a future educator of young children I plan to use this book to express the importance of acceptance and individuality.
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For more information, visit monicabrown.net

Monica Brown, Ph.D. is the author of many award-winning books for children, including Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People (Henry Holt), winner of the Américas Award for Children's Literature and an Orbis Pictus Honor for Outstanding Nonfiction, and Waiting for the Biblioburro (Random House), a Christopher Award winner. Her picture book Side by Side: The Story of Dolores Huerta and Cesar Chavez/Lado a lado: La historia de Dolores Huerta y Cesar Chavez (Rayo/HarperCollins) was an NAACP Image Award nominee and Tejas Star Book Award finalist.

Monica's books are inspired by her Peruvian- American heritage and desire to share Latino/a stories with children. "I write from a place of deep passion, joy, and commitment to producing the highest possible quality of literature for children. In my biographies, the lives of my subjects are so interesting and transformational that I am simply giving them voice for a young audience. I don't think it is ever too early to introduce children to the concepts of magical realism, social justice, and dreaming big!"

Her other books include Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina (Lee & Low), winner of the International Latino Book Award and a Pura Belpré Honor for Illustration, Clara and the Curandera/Clara y la curandera (Piñata Books), Pelé, King of Soccer/Pelé, el rey del fútbol (Rayo/HarperCollins), and Chavela and the Magic Bubble (Clarion).

Monica Brown is a Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, specializing in U.S. Latino Literature and Multicultural Literature. She also writes and publishes scholarly work with a Latino/a focus, including Gang Nation: Delinquent Citizenship in Puerto Rican and Chicano and Chicana Literature; and numerous scholarly articles and chapters on Latino/a literature and cultural studies. She is a recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship on Chicano Cultural Literacies from the Center for Chicano Studies at the University of California. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Flagstaff, Arizona.


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