Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match / Marisol McDonald no combina

Written by: Monica Brown Illustrated by: Sara Palacios

Before Reading

Explore Illustrations

Marisol McDonald just can't be bothered to match her clothes, foods or games and she's not afraid to be herself. Look over the cover and illustrations and ask your child notices about Marisol, her family, and her friends. 

Make Observations.

What do you notice on the cover?

What kinds of things is Marisol wearing?

Make Predictions.

What do you think will happen in this story?

Why do you think Marisol is dressed this way?

As You Read

This story is told in both Spanish and English, so alternate which language you use each time you read the story. First, read the story in the language that your child is more comfortable with and then on subsequent readings, read in the other language. This will allow your child to understand the story and give some context for when you read in the unfamiliar language. Also, always be sure to point to the words as you read them, as this will help your child match your words with the text on the page.

Vocabulary Building

When reading in the unfamiliar language, be sure to pull out different vocabulary words from the text each time to introduce your child to new words. Examples of words that you can introduce to your child include:

  1. Pelo = Hair
  2. Jugar = To Play
  3. Perrito = Puppy

Make Connections

When Marisol tells her cousin that her hair is the color of fire, ask your child, "What color is her shirt? What else is that color?" Start off by saying, "Her tights are green, the color of grass. What about her skirt?" Also ask about the patterns and if your child has any clothes that look like what Marisol is wearing.

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret

Marisol felt like herself when she was mismatched, and when she tried to match, she was deeply unhappy. Discuss the story with your child, as well as the importance of staying true to yourself.

Talk About the Plot.

What kinds of things did Marisol like to mismatch?

What made her match for a day? How did she feel about it?

Why do you think she felt that way? What made her feel better?

Why did she call her puppy Kitty?

Being Yourself.

Talk to your child about being unique and how s/he shouldn't be afraid to do things differently if it's what makes him/her happy. 

Do you like to do things differently from other people? If so, what are they? (Give an example of how you do some things differently too.)

Activities: Mismatched Clothes and Drawings


Supplies: Coloring materials, paper, and your child's wardrobe

Let your child mismatch his / her clothes, picking out striped, polka dotted, and multi-colored clothes. Ask your child why s/he picked out those different pieces and then encourage him / her to draw a mismatched picture, the sillier, the better. Refer to Marisol's drawing of an elephant wearing glasses and a pirate girl playing soccer.