Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match
Written by Monica Brown/Illustrated by Sara Palacios
About the Book
"Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina" by Monica Brown and illustrated by Sara Palacios was published in 2011 by Children's Book Press.
This read aloud is planned for kindergarteners. "Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina" is a picture book about a young girl who simply enjoys being mismatched. She dresses differently, she eats interesting foods, and she likes things that seem unusual to others. When faced with the challenge to "match", Marisol finds out which side of her she likes most.
The book has received literary awards including:
- Tejas Star Book Award
- International Latino Book Award
- Pura Belpre Honor (for illustrations)
The multicultural picture book presents dual formatting of English and Spanish, reflecting a unique language style unlike many books that most children are used to reading. This book allows students to reflect and also celebrates diversity by conveying that it's alright to be different than others. Students are able to reflect on how they might be different from their classmates, but they can think back to the book, where it was expressed that differences are okay. It also celebrates diversity because the main character is a Peruvian-Scottish-American girl, and her differences are shown in a positive light.
Meet Monica Brown
(from the Author’s Note on the last page of the book)
I wrote this book because, like more than six million Americans, I’m multiracial. I’m the daughter of a South American mother and a North American father, and my childhood was spent in a close community of cousins, tíos (uncles), and tías (aunts).
Like Marisol McDonald, my cousins and I are mixed—indigenous Peruvian and Spanish mixed with Scottish and Italian and Jewish, not to mention Nicaraguan, Mexican, Chilean and African. One thing most of us do share are freckles. According to one of my tíos, the family freckles came from the time my abuelita (grandma) was stirring a big pan of chocolate on the stove—my tío reached for it and it splattered everywhere, leaving chocolate sprinkles on everyone’s faces and toes!
People sometimes ask us, “What are you?” and sometimes even say that we “don’t match.” But we know better. Our mothers told us that we are Americans, yes, but also citizens of the world. My life (and I’ll bet yours too) is bound up with the history of many peoples, and like Marisol McDonald, I open my arms wide and embrace them all.
For more information, visit http://www.monicabrown.net
Meet Sara Palacios
Sara works with a variety of media including collage, ink, and digital to create her illustrations. Her works use vibrant colors and multiple textures. In 2012, Sara received the Pura Belpre Illustration Honor Award for her illustrations in Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match/Marisol McDonald no combina.
For more information, visit http://www.sarapalaciosillustrations.com
Unique - One-of-a-kind, not exactly like anything/anyone else
Perrito - Spanish word for puppy
- Before reading, ask students "What is your favorite thing to wear? Have you ever worn clothes that didn't match? Why?"
- Relate the questions to the book by saying, "I'm going to read a book about a girl who does things a little differently than her friends. Lets see what kinds of things she enjoys doing!"
- Read pages 1-8 and pause to ask, "Have you ever eaten a peanut butter and jelly burrito?"
- Continue reading pages 9-13. Pause and ask, "What might happen if you tried playing two sports at once?"
- Continue reading pages 14-20. Pause and ask, "Do you think pirates can play soccer?"
- Continue reading pages 21-29. Pause and ask, "What kind of puppy do think Marisol is going to pick out?"
- Finish reading the book.
- After finished, ask the class, "Did Marisol like being mismatched or matched better?"
- Present the words "unique" and "perrito" to the class. Ask students to repeat the word
- Say, "Unique means that someone or something is one-of-a-kind - that there is nothing/no one else like it/them. In the story, Marisol was unique because she was different from everyone else. We are all unique because there is no one else who is exactly like us. There might be others who look like us or like to do the same thing, but they are not exactly like us".
- Show students a picture of children who all look different. Ask students to describe how each are unique.
- Ask students to turn to a friend and say, "You're unique! You're one-of-a-kind."
- Say, "Perrito is the Spanish word for 'puppy'. Ask students to repeat the word "perrito".
- Show students a picture of "Perry the puppy". Explain how they can remember the word "perrito" by thinking of the puppy's name, Perry.
- Ask students to turn to a friend and say, "'Perrito' means puppy. Perry the perrito."
- Review by asking what "unique" means. Then have them turn to a friend and again say, "You're unique! You're one-of-a-kind."
- Then Ask what "Perrito" means. Then have them turn to a friend and again say, "'Perrito' means puppy. Perry the perrito."
- Hold up a picture of a black and white cartoon puppy (worksheet).
- Tell students that they will be making their own unique perritos.
- Each student will get their own picture of a puppy to color with crayons.
- Once everyone is done coloring, they will share their unique perritos with their friends.