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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:Picture books
Tags:homosexuality, family, zoo, animals, love, caring

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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (2005)

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This is a realistic fiction story(based on real penguins from NY) about two male penguins named Roy and Silo. Both penguins make and nest together but are unable to have eggs like all the other penguins. The keepers at the New York Central Park Zoo realize their unhappiness and set the penguins up with their own eggs. This book has been at the center of many debates about same-sex marriage and homosexuality in animals.

Teaching Connections: social skills - acceptance lesson, story sequencing, informational study on penguins, making predictions, visualizing, summarizing, making inferences, ( )
  EmmaNicolazzo | Dec 15, 2016 |
There are several reasons that I loved this book. The first reason was because of the plot. The book was about animals, specifically penguins and their families. It was a true story about two male penguins who loved each other and were given an egg so that they could have a family of their own. "Then Mr. Grammy got an idea. He found an egg that needed to be cared for, and he brought it to Roy and Silo's nest." Here you can see how the two males started their family. The second reason I loved this book was because of the characters. The two male penguins were different from the rest of the penguins, and that was alright, they still lived happily, and did everything else that the other penguins did. "Roy and Silo were both boys. But they did everything together. They bowed to each other. And walked together. They sang to each other. And swam together." From this quote the readers can see, that the two male penguins differences did not interfere with their lives. The last reason I loved this book was because of the engaging writing used throughout. "Until one day the heard a sound coming from inside their egg. Peep, peep. Peep, peep. Roy and Silo called back, Squawk, squawk. Peep, peep, answered the egg." Here the reader can pick up that the egg is getting ready to hatch, as it speaks to its parents. All in all I feel that the 'big idea' of this book was to provide readers with a connection between animal lives and their own. Children who read this may relate it to their lives if they have two dads or two moms. I loved the book, it has a great message! ( )
  madigischel | Nov 27, 2016 |
This is based on a true story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins. The two penguins formed a couple and were given an egg to raise together. This story follows the two and the adventure of raising a baby together.
  sehuff | Oct 26, 2016 |
An easy story about alternative families and how love can look different than you expect. Sad to hear that this book has been the most censored children book in schools this last decade.
  SmuckersLewis | Oct 21, 2016 |
And Tango Makes Three is a story that teaches love is love and it doesn't matter who you fall in love with. I liked this book for a few reasons. First, the plot was suspenseful, posed a problem, and ended with a creative solution. In the story there were two boy penguins in love so they couldn't lay an egg so the solution was their keeper gave them a penguin egg to sit on and raise when hatched. The reader feels sad that they can't have a baby like everyone else, but the quick solution keeps the plot moving. Secondly, the illustrations are appropriate for the story. The illustrations are so detailed and beautifully drawn the story could be told without the words on the page. Finally, the book pushes readers to broaden their perspectives about gender/families. The author does it in a creative way that makes being gay and have two dads seem very normal because he uses penguins instead of humans. It shows that two dads can still raise a baby penguin just as well as a mom and dad penguin can. I loved this book and thought it was super creative. ( )
  baileywysong | Oct 11, 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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