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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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Roy and Silo are penguins who love each other very much, they just so happen to both be boys. When mating season comes and goes, the boys are the last to have an egg until Mr. Gramzay gives them one that needed caring. That is when Tango hatches. Based upon a true story, the book itself centralizes on the importance of family and togetherness and most importantly, that every family is and looks different. ( )
  rparks | Sep 29, 2016 |
This book is based on a real story at the zoo in Central Park, in New York City. Just like families visit the zoo, there are families of animals living there. A few are red panda bears, monkeys, and penguins. Two penguins in particular, Roy and Silo, were both boys who cared deeply for each other. Although the two males were unable to have a child of their own, they carried an egg shaped rock just like mother penguins would caring for it every day. One day, a zookepper brought an egg that needed help hatching to their nest. Roy and Silo shared times taking care of the egg until one day the egg hatched. The new penguin was named Tango and they raised her just like any other parents would.
This book gives an easy way of describing how two people or animals meet each other, become a couple, and later want to add on to their two people group. Children are thought of and this book describes how adoption can be another way of bringing a child into your world. Regardless of the gender, this book shows that love is love and how to adapt to any situation. I would recommend this book for children ages 7 and above because they will start to understand different family members and it can relate to other students' lives in the class. ( )
  KelseyGilgannon | Sep 28, 2016 |
This is a really sweet book about family. The book starts out by telling the reader how penguins come together and become couples. In this book two male penguins, Roy and Silo, become a couple just like all the other male and female penguins. One day the couple realizes that everyone is having children, so they decide they want to have a baby too. The two penguins try but are unsuccessful. The zookeeper noticed this and found an egg that needed a family so he gave the egg to Roy and Silo to care for. The egg hatched into a baby girl! Roy, Silo, and their daughter became a happy family, and the best part of this story, is that it is true! I understand why this book may be controversial for some people, and to be honest I probably would not read this in my class just to avoid any parent conflict. I think this is a great teaching moment one can use to relate to a topic in say, a science class. But I think this book is a good way for children to learn about blended families, in a way that they can understand. Same sex couples are still a very controversial topic. But I think this book does a good job of addressing the subject without making it such a big deal, because it is normal. Over all I really enjoyed this book, the message was sweet, and the pictures were nice to look at. ( )
  NihadKased | Sep 27, 2016 |
There are all kinds of animal families at the zoo, including panda bear families, monkeys, and penguins. However, there is one special penguin couple unlike any other family there. Silo and Roy were both boys and they did everything together. Even Mr. Gramzay, their keeper, noticed their special relationship and said that “they must be in love.” This was true, and they could do almost everything together just like the other couples. They even built their own home like the other penguins. However, there was one thing that the two of them could not do, and that was to lay an egg. They tried everything to lay an egg, but it just would not work. Their keeper realized their trouble and brought a special egg just for them. Finally, the egg hatched and the couple had their own baby to look after. They named her Tango, “because it takes two to make a Tango.” Tango was a very special penguin, because she had two daddies. In the author’s note, it is mentioned that this is a true story. Even though the penguins were not physically able to have their own baby, they adopted one. Often times couples of the same sex want children, so they adopt. This book has been banned for its homosexuality ideas, age-appropriateness, and the question of what makes a family. In my opinion, what makes a family is to have love and support for one another. This book is definitely age appropriate in my eyes, and it did not give too much detail. There is nothing set in stone to define a family, it is what you make it. ( )
  Sierra.Coupel | Sep 24, 2016 |
And Tango Makes Three is a cute children's book about a penguin family. The only difference in this family is that these penguins live at the Central Park Zoo and two male penguins build a nest and raise a baby together. This is a great book to open up the debate of different families and members in a family. However, this can also be a controversial book because of the homosexually in the book.
  AngelaCarchi | Sep 14, 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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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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