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Marisol McDonald and the Clash Bash: Marisol McDonald y la fiesta sin igual Hardcover – September 20, 2013
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PreS-Gr 2–Marisol McDonald is fiercely determined not to match. The character came out of Brown's own experience growing up in a bicultural home with a North American father and a Peruvian mother and not being sure where she fit in. This title finds Marisol preparing for her birthday party. Her friends ask her what sort of party she should have, and, of course, Marisol doesn't want one theme. When she goes shopping with her Mami, she insists on buying clothes that don't match. When the party arrives, Marisol has dressed up as a soccer-player-pirate-princess-unicorn. The mismatched party is a success, and is topped by a Skype visit with the child's Peruvian grandmother. Pair this with Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina (Children's Book Pr., 2011) for a dress-up storytime.α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The confident, exuberant, bicultural-and-proud Marisol McDonald is back . . . . The 'unique, different and one-of-a-kind' Marisol McDonald continues to stand out as a character. She is self-assured and caring, without straying into didacticism. Her bicultural identity is a point of pride that imbues her personality. Pura Belpré Honor recipient Palacios' mixed-media illustrations once again visually express Marisol s originality. Bits of cut paper add unexpected texture, and the warm tones convey the closeness in Marisol s family. Domínguez s Spanish translation is also noteworthy; its emphasis on capturing the spirit of the language over literal words makes this book equally joyful in both English and Spanish. A broadly appealing bilingual and bicultural celebration of being oneself and the love of family. --Booklist Magazine
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I liked the message of rejecting rigid gender stereotypes and enjoying all of the things you like, all at once, without worrying about following convention. But then, I hope I'm already raising my daughter that way. We've never been a family that supports the notion of "princesses for girls" and "sports cars for boys." As a matter of fact, Marisol's friends in the book would probably irritate me in real life. But I loved the way she accepted their individual interests and still got them to try new ideas. We need more kids like Marisol!
The book itself is in both English and Spanish so if you're able, you can read it in both languages. I don't speak Spanish, but I was able to follow along just enough that I think Magda and I may have learned a few new words.
"I don't really think I would have a princess party or a pirate party, but I do like the idea of having a dress up costume party where everyone shares costumes. Can we do that? Everyone could bring their Halloween costumes over!"
In this installment of Marisol, she has been saving her money and wants to see her grandmother in Peru. She is also planning her upcoming birthday party. The book follows Marisol as she plans a party that will incorporate the diverse interests for all of her friends and her parents plan a suprirse for Marisol to keep her in touch with her grandmother who is so far away.
A sweet but fun read. A treat visually and young kids will ask to read this book again. My kids do.