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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

And Tango Makes Three (2005)

by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell

Other authors: Henry Cole (Illustrator)

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(Read for Visual Literacy assignment) Roy and Silo, two male chinstrap penguins, spend all of their time together; observing this, their keeper gives them an egg to take care of that wasn't being cared for before, knowing they would give it love. The two indeed do, and when it hatches, the chick is named Tango, and she and her two "fathers" live a happy life together. A sweet story with friendly watercolor illustrations to ease children into the idea of different types of families.
  ZajiCox | Jun 6, 2017 |
This is a cute book about different types of families at a zoo. At the beginning it describes the different families that are visiting the zoo. Then it describes the different types of animal families at the zoo and how varied they are. After that it describes the penguin families at the zoo and how they are set up. Then we hear about two male penguins who liked to hang out with each other and when all the other penguins were having families and trying to make children of their own they did the same thing. One zookeeper at the zoo noticed this and gave the couple an egg to take care of, so they did and then that egg became a baby penguin under the daddies care. After a while both of the fathers taught the baby penguin named Tango how to properly grow up and take care of themselves and they all were a family. Tango is the only Penguin to have two fathers in the world. The colors in this book were pastel colors. Most of them were light blue, except for the other parts of the zoo. I think that this was to represent the penguins and what a major part in the zoo they had.
  BurgessMeredith | Apr 11, 2017 |
The story of two male penguins and their desire to have what all the other penguins have is brilliant. This book teaches a valuable lesson to children about sexual prefernece and accepting people whom are different. I think this would be a great book to get kids comfortable with the idea that some children may have two moms or two dads and that it's ok. Teach children acceptance at a young age and they won't have negative mindsets in the future ( )
  Jgay2 | Mar 28, 2017 |
This book walks the reader through the real life love-story of two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo. The book discusses all of the different ways a loving family can look, and then talks about how the two penguins made their own family when the zoo keepers gave them a foster-egg of their own. The themes are love, family, human-animal compassion, and the strength in being different. I really connected with the way the book discussed different styles of families, as this is a really good way to broach the ways in which we are all different with students. ( )
  LeslieMuir | Mar 14, 2017 |
A sweet story reflecting a modern family made up of two penguin dads and a chick. This story is based on events that actually happened at the Central Park Zoo in New York City.
  annereid1 | Mar 5, 2017 |
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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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Richardson, Justinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Parnell, Petermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Cole, HenryIllustratorsecondary 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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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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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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