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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

And Tango Makes Three (2005)

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

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This book is a perfect way to introduce heterosexism. I enjoyed how the author spoke of all the different families. He mentioned the red panda bear families, the monkey dads, and moms, and the toad families. The Penguin family made up of Roy and Silo was the best part because the author did a wonderful job in introducing them and the way they felt about each other. This book shows acceptance and kindness to everyone and teaches that everyone is different but should be treated equally. ( )
  dmesquivel | Feb 27, 2019 |
In this charming tale of a family unit, two male penguins build a nest and pine for a chick the same way as any other penguin pair. An ingenious zookeeper is able to create loving family from what otherwise might have been a discarded egg. Families come in all shapes and sizes and when their little chick, named tango, comes into the world the happy penguin family is indistinguishable from the happy parents and children coming to the zoo or the happy penguins in the exhibit.

For anyone working to include a variety of families in the curriculum or help a child to see other families with two mommies or two daddies, this is a wonderful book! The penguin noises make for a delightful classroom read and children could closely examine a detailed page of the egg cracking and eventually hatching. There is a simple illustrated read offering images of cute penguins in all stages of life, but also so much more. I love not only how inclusive this book is, but also how the author sets the scene for the penguins to be just like any other penguin parent pairing, answering potential questions that readers or listeners may have about what makes couples different.

I read this book to my class and I can say that the students thoroughly enjoyed it! One student said boys can't marry boys. Another student responded by simply stating, "the penguins didn't marry." Finally, a third student joined in saying her favorite aunt is married to a woman. Obviously I enjoy any book that gets the students talking independently. ( )
  fsgiamba | Jan 30, 2019 |
Two boy penguins fall in love and try to take care of their nest like the other couple penguins. The zookeeper notices it and plants an egg in their nest. The penguins are delighted to welcome a baby girl penguin named Tango into their family. This is a sweet story and a great way to introduce LGBTQ couples to young children. ( )
  JennySkvarna | Dec 3, 2018 |
Tango's parents are different, they are both boys, but they still love him just like any other parents would. This is the true story of two boy penguins in a zoo who paired up and tried to build a nest and sit on it just like all the other boy and girl pairs of penguins did. The zookeeper had the opportunity to give them a real egg to incubate when another penguin laid two fertile eggs, more than she would be able to care for.

This was kind of interesting to read, I had to go back and re-read to make sure I was understanding the story right. I love that the idea of boys caring for each other is normalized in this story. It's an amazing example of unusual love found in nature, and children can learn to allow others to be the way they are through reading this book.
  maryganderson | Nov 25, 2018 |
Roy and Silo are just like all the other penguins in the zoo and want to be parents just like the others...with just a little difference...they are both male. Based on true story of two penguins in Central Park Zoo, it follows how they become parents with the help of an egg rejected by another penguin. Charming. Well illustrated. Great intro to alternative families for young children ( )
  AccyP | Nov 18, 2018 |
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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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689878451, Hardcover)

In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:11:49 -0400)

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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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