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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
Collections:Your library
Tags:Banned, K-5th grade, easy, same sex

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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (2005)



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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell is a story of two male penguins who spend a lot of time together and eventually they begin to realize that all the other penguin couples have eggs, which they can't have. A zookeeper sees that the two are sad about this and he gives the two an orphan egg to take care of. The two take very good care of the egg and eventually the egg hatches and Tango is born. The two penguins then teach Tango all they know about being a penguin. This book does a wonderful job of keeping an accepting tone and making the reader feel like nothing is wrong with the situation. This would be a very good book to read to a class when learning about diversity and different types of families. It is a good topic to talk about what different type of love looks like and how it is different for everyone. This book could be potentially problematic with some parents if they don't want their child exposed to this kind of book. The illustrations seem to be done in watercolor and have a sketched look to them. ( )
  hallen11 | Sep 28, 2015 |
While I liked this book, I felt like it's been too over hyped and not as good as everyone makes it seem. The organization of the plot and the engaging writing, however, made me like this book. The organization of the plot allows for the reader get to know the main characters and get into their story without feeling overwhelmed or that the story went too fast. The best example of this is Roy and Silo, the two male penguins, first start out just making the nest, which is then progresses into them trying to hatch a rock, and then them being given an egg to hatch. The story does not try to give you all the information at once; instead, it gradually builds up to them getting a baby. The writing is engaging as it draws the reader into the story and creates a connection for the main characters and the main message of the story. An example of this is the fact the author writes around the fact that the penguins are gay. The author just states that they must be in love, and that is all there is to it. The main message of this story is that even though family styles can be different, they all love their kids; love who you love. ( )
  taylorsmith11 | Sep 16, 2015 |
This may be one of my new favorite books. I love the way the author addressed such a huge topic, that is especially relevant in today's society, and made it understandable for children. I feel as though there are not many children's books that have same-sex families, and I think this may be because there is so much controversy surrounding the topic. Instead of using humans, the author chose to use two male penguins as the main characters which I thought was a unique way to introduce the topic of same-sex marriage to young children. However, this did make the characters harder to relate to. The ultimate big picture of this book is that love is love, which is something incredibly important in today's society. ( )
  alexavecchio | Sep 15, 2015 |
I loved this book. I love the writing and plot. I thought the authors did a great job on introducing the story line and plot. They started at central park and the zoo showing human families. Then they went through all the different animal families which was a good lead in to the penguin story line. I love the language the authors used to explain penguin love and Roy and Silo love. The main message is love is love. All love is equal and all couples deserve to be happy and have a family. ( )
  Rosalindd | Sep 2, 2015 |
This book is inspired by true events at the New York Central Park Zoo. Two male penguins do everything together. They sing together, swim together, and even bow to each other. These two penguins notice that other couple penguins are caring for their eggs. They try to find their own egg to care for. They get a rock and take turns sitting on it but nothing ever comes out of it. The zookeeper then finds an egg that needs to be cared for, names it Tango, and gives it to the two penguins. The two penguins happily care for Tango.

This is a great introduction to the idea of same sex parents, adoption, and diverse families to young children. Animals are usually used to represent human situation but this book takes on step further and addresses a very important kind of new family. With this book one could also teach a science lesson over penguins.

Modern Fantasy
Reading Level: 3.5
  rdg301library | May 24, 2015 |
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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
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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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