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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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Such a heartwarming story that tastefully and accurately represents our world today through a story of animals. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. ( )
  CourtneyElizabeth | Aug 3, 2016 |
I liked this book because it gives a way to teach Social Justice
  Elisabeth_Reil | May 19, 2016 |
This book is based on the true story of two male penguins that fell in love at a zoo. Everything is fine until they notice the other couples are hatching eggs. The zoo keeper finds them an egg to hatch and they become like the other couples. This story is amazing. Telling this true story shows that love is limitless. ( )
  TiffanyA | Apr 26, 2016 |
"And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson is a sweet children's book that teaches children love comes in many different forms, by telling the story of two male penguins and their love life at the zoo. This book is child friendly being that it is about animals and shows how two male penguins can love each other in the same way as all of the other penguin couples. Being the the story deals with nature and animals that are naturally wild, shows that love and finding a mate is concept that is shared in many species. The book's story shows that homosexuality is natural, and that love is overall the most important thing. ( )
  olivia.sanchez | Apr 25, 2016 |
I liked this book for several reasons. First, I enjoyed the illustrations. The illustrations are extremely detailed but painted with soft colors which makes them appealing and pleasing to the eye. The illustrations on every other page lets the reader follow the story visually in addition to following the text. I also enjoy that the book makes the penguins believable as characters. The book describes how the two male penguins care for the egg and how they become a family - which is relatable to what humans do when they raise a child as well. I also like that the book does a good job of showing that even though Roy and Silo were "different" - their family was just as much of a family as those made of male and female penguins. I think this is a good book that touches on subjects of gender and sexuality all while making it accessible for extremely young readers. The discussion of this topic through animals is a great way to connect to and engage young readers. This allows readers to see that there is no "normal family" - whether it is in the animal kingdom or with humans. ( )
  ygurova | Apr 22, 2016 |
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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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(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
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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.

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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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