By: Araceli Esparza
Both as a friend of many biracial/bicultural Latinas and as an educator, reading Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match by Monica Brown and Illustrated by Sara Palacios, was a big treat for me. Finally, I had a modern Latina girl power story that describes a Latina character completely. I really enjoyed knowing all of Mariso: her food, her clothes, her friends, and how her whole life is full of color, culture, and caring adults.
After clashing she crashes, and decides to match! Here is where I was like, “Oh, NOoooo!” Of course, Marisol is sad and things aren’t as tasty or fun. Her biggest challenge was Art class, her favorite class. Was matching, and trying to fit in—going to suck the life from her favorite subject-Art? or not?
But I will say that the adults don’t rescue her, she finds herself by rescuing something else that only needed her acceptance to feel loved.
Niña y Mas, Marisol McDonald me encantas!
Girl and more, Marisol McDonald I love you!