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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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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.

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Reading Level: 3.5
  rdg301library | May 24, 2015 |
This book tells the story of two penguins that fall in love. Roy and Silo lived just as any other penguin couple holding hans, swimming, and walking together, but they couldn't have a penguin baby. Although the two tried just like all the other couple it wasn't possible. That is until the zookeeper gave them their very own egg to love for and hatch. I liked this book a lot it shows just one of the many different types of families you see, and never-ending love.

Teaching Ideas: family diversity lesson
  aehunter | May 4, 2015 |
I really enjoyed this book. It is about two penguins that become a couple in the Central Park Zoo. Both of the penguins happen to be males. The zoo keeper gives them an egg to care for and they become a family. This book could be read to a wide variety of age levels because it focuses on the topic of same sex relationships, which is a subject that some people may not want their children to read about, but is very important. ( )
  Hhaddad1 | Apr 30, 2015 |
And Tango Makes Three is a story about two male penguins who fell in love. There names were Roy and Silo, and they did everything together. They walked together, swam together, sang to each other, and followed each other everywhere. They watched other penguin couples laying eggs and having babies, and they tried and tried to have their own. Since they were male penguins they could not lay eggs, and the rocks they sat on wouldn't hatch. The zookeeper found an egg that needed to be cared for and brought it to Roy and Silo's nest. Roy and Silo knew just what to do, and eventually their baby was born. They named their baby Tango, and he was the first baby penguin to have two dads. This story has been very controversial since its publishing. I believe that this story needs to be shared with all classrooms because it allows children to understand that there are different types of families. ( )
  EmilyDrennan | Apr 26, 2015 |
I absolutely loved this book so much, mainly because of the main message that it sends to readers. I also loved how they introduced the topic, and stated that it was okay to be different, and that even though some animals are different, they are still capable of love, even though they are not the typical family. I like how they use penguins to represent gay families, and homosexuality in general. Humans are so judgmental and stereotypical that it is so different than other animals who support one another, and either have no gender, or love who they love. If humans were more like this, then we wouldn't have to fight for equal rights. However, this book does a great job in introducing these topics to students. ( )
  kbarry9 | Apr 25, 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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