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Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown and Sara Palacios

Whether you are multiracial, multicultural, or just a little eccentric, most of us can list ways we are different from other people. We might even have likes and dislikes that contradict each other in ourselves. How often do you get to celebrate those differences?

The Picture Book of the Week is Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match, written by Monica Brown and illustrated by Sara Palacios.

About the Book:

This week’s book is about a girl who, like the title says, doesn’t match. Her mother is brown, her father is white, she speaks two different languages, and that is just the beginning. She mixes and matches her clothes, her food, and her art. She loves being different, but when she gets teased at school she feels like she should make an effort to match. Will Marisol like matching? Will she change forever?

Watch the following video of author Monica Brown reading her book and see what Marisol does:

Writing Exercise:

Marisol feels bad when she is teased for being different. Have you ever been teased for being different? Write a story about yourself or about a fictional character in which you or the character experience teasing. What happens? What is the problem? What is the solution?

I would love to hear your stories. If you are willing to share, please send your story to I would love to share some of them on this blog.

Happy Writing!

Alicia Salazar – Children’s Book Author

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