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And Tango Makes Three (2005)

by Justin Richardson, Henry Cole (Illustrator), Peter Parnell

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At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.



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And Tango Makes Three is based on a truly heartwarming story of two male penguins who lived in Central Park Zoo. Together these penguins tried to hatch their own baby, but it just did not seem to work, until they got some outside help. This story tells the universal message that love has no boundaries, no matter the species and can help all readers understand the importance of being accepting of others. I enjoyed this book because it used age-appropriate language that can spark discussion about relationships and adoption within our own society. The illustrations in the book were filled with blues and whites, making the story have a sense of light-heartedness. Using images of penguins and animals attracts young readers as those tend to be pictures they are interested in and find wanting to know more and more about all kinds of animals. This is a great book to read to children who may have questions about different types of relationships they see in the world. Overall this story helps to teach about all families are different, and makes readers feel good by the end of the book. ( )
  Bstapl1 | Feb 10, 2020 |
Inside Central Park in NYC is a lovely zoo. In that zoo are a number of penguins. Roy and Silo are male penguins with a unique feature. Call chinstrap penguins because they have a line of black feathers looping round this beaks. While there are many female/male partnered penguins, Roy and Silo are special in that they are a pair of male penguins. Zoo keepers were very interested in Roy and Silo. In 2000, a penguin by the name of Betty laid two fertile eggs.

One of those eggs was placed with Roy and Silo. And, amazingly, they took turns keeping the egg warm. When it hatched, Roy and Silo became a family. The baby penguin was named Tango.
  Whisper1 | Jan 7, 2020 |
Two male penguins tend to an egg thanks to an observant zookeeper. The egg eventually hatches making the male penguin parents! This book reveals to children that there are many forms of families but one thing all families have in common is love! ( )
  Sondosottallah | Nov 26, 2019 |
I️ loved this book about the two daddy penguins who are given a baby. It was a happy story, that children would love because there are penguins in it, and who doesn't love penguins.
  Remi.Kauffman | Nov 7, 2019 |
This story is based on a true story of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo in New York City. The story includes how the two male penguins, Roy and Silas do everything together, and they want to raise a family together, but are unable to hatch an egg like the other male/female penguin couples. When the zookeeper notices this occurring, he brings Roy and Silas an egg that needs to be cared for to hatch. Tango, the baby penguin, is raised by two dad's and he is just as happy as the other baby penguins who have a mom and a dad as their parents. This story sends a message of acceptance and love to young readers and express to them that no matter the gender of their parents, they should be happy in their own family and be accepting of all other families as well. This can be a great start to a lesson when introducing a writing prompt for students to write about their families. Including this book can make students with same-sex parents feel accepted in this lesson. ( )
  Morgan.Santiago | Oct 23, 2019 |
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Like so much children’s literature, the story here, because it occurs in the context of the animal kingdom, is a parable, and so it may prove less threatening to some who might be troubled by its human implications. (But only to people who have forgotten Aesop and La Fontaine!) What matters supremely is that Tango’s story is actually—like Heather’s—the story of a wanted child born to a set of parents who are devoted first to one another and then to him. Penguins, ahem, are black and white.

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Richardson, Justinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cole, HenryIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Parnell, Petermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Remin, KatarzynaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Lita, for Lucy Jane, and for Maddy and Ben -- J. R. and P. P.
To Nate, and penguin lovers everywhere -- H. C.
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In the middle of New York City there is a great big park called Central Park.
We'll call her Tango," Mr. Gramzay decided, "because it takes two to make a Tango."
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Based on a true story, this charming and heart-warming tale proves that all you need to make a family is love.
In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others.
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