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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

And Tango Makes Three (original 2005; edition 2005)

by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell

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Title:And Tango Makes Three
Authors:Justin Richardson
Other authors:Peter Parnell
Info:Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers (2005), Hardcover, 32 pages
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Tags:Banned, K-5th grade, easy, same sex

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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (2005)



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This simple story is a cute way to teach that family is not defined by the gender of parents, but the love they have for each other and the members they choose to be with. This would be a great read aloud that allows us to teach acceptance, love, tolerance, and understanding of others.
  PolyDrive | Jan 25, 2015 |
And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell tells of two male penguins who want a baby penguin. A zookeeper gives them one and they nurture it until it is born. I would read this book to fourth and fifth graders because I feel that they would understand what is happening in the story. This book could open up a discussion about homosexuality, which is becoming very common, and understand why a person may have two mothers or fathers. ( )
  Nijania | Dec 5, 2014 |
This book is about two penguins who were male and did everything together. They even tried to hatch an egg like their friends who were couples. One day the zoo keeper put a real egg under them so it would hatch. That is when Tango was born. This book may be questioned and challenged in libraries. I would read it to my class in a heart beat. Gay couples adopt children all of the time now. This is a true story and i very informative. ( )
  marabie | Dec 3, 2014 |
This is a children's book male penguins that want to take care of a family like the penguins in the zoo. It took a serious subject and made it into something that children could understand and identify with. It might be a little controversial but it is a real subject for this day in age. I feel it is a easy way to share the subject with children. ( )
  jforrest21 | Dec 1, 2014 |
At a zoo in New York there are two male penguins, Roy and Silo, who spend time with each other rather than any female penguins. Roy and Silo notice that all the penguin couples around them build nests and have eggs which later hatch into baby penguins. Roy and SIlo try to nest with a rock, in the hopes that it will also hatch into a baby penguin. Nothing happened. but the zookeeper had the idea to give Roy and Silo the egg that was abandoned. Roy and Silo care for the egg and are delighted when it hatches into a little baby penguin.
It was great to learn that this was based on a true story, I loved the names of the penguins especially. I think this is a great book to read to children, it helps children learn to accept gay parents. ( )
  SMLawrence | Nov 30, 2014 |
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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
Richardson, Justinmain authorall editionsconfirmed
Cole, HenryIllustratorsecondary authorall 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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