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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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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 |
And Tango Makes Three tells the story based off of a true event the took place at a New York zoo. A zookeeper noticed two male penguins interacting in a way that other male/female couples acted at the zoo. The zoo keeper then found an extra egg laid by another penguin and had the two males raise the penguin as if he was their own. The penguin was named Tango. This story tells the tale of love and the meaning of family. And Tango Makes Three was a beautifully crafted childrens book that was very reader friendly and did an excellent job of normalizing LGBT families. The pictures were very cartoon-like and had a very consistant blue/grey color scheme making it very visually appealing. The book also had a page at the end explaining, in just as simple, child-friendly terms about the real story of the two penguins, which I felt was a very important touch, showing that Male/Male couples do exist and are ok in real life. ( )
  MadeleineJones | Oct 3, 2016 |
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 |
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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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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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