With her brown skin and fire-colored hair, bilingualism, and her affinity for peanut butter jelly burritos, it is clear that Marisol McDonald simply does not match. When a classmate points this out to her, she frets and makes it her mission to blend in as much as possible. Conforming is a lot harder than it looks, especially when all she really wants to do is wear clashing patterns and draw wild artistic pictures.
With the help of a kind art teacher, at the end of the day, Marisol realizes that being different is what makes her who she is: a Peruvian Scottish American girl with a whole lot of flair!
Marisol McDonald is a vibrant character who will be the perfect pal to younger readers and listeners, and grown-ups will find it very refreshing to see a children’s book that highlights diversity and mixed race families so well. Sara Palacios’s colorful illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to Monica Brown’s half-English, half-Spanish, wholly charming tale.
32 pages Ages 4-8 9778-892392355
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Recommended. Molly Crumbley, Librarian, Maryland, USA.