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And Tango Makes Three (2005)

by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell

Other authors: Henry Cole (Illustrator)

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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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"The gay penguin book" - this is just an adorable story about two male penguins trying to raise an orphaned egg. ( )
  Out_About_ERG | Mar 7, 2023 |
True story of two New York zoo male penguins given an egg to hatch and the story of their success. (the book does not cover the second egg given after Tango had grown up) ( )
  Karen74Leigh | Nov 27, 2022 |
This is a cute retelling of the true story of two male penguins who adopted a baby penguin at the zoo.

On a related note, the 1 star reviews are LOADED with "I don't have anything against homosexuals, but ..." and "I believe in tolerance, but ...". And then there's the woman who thinks the zookeeper is gonna burn in hell for defying God. She's my favorite. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jul 29, 2022 |
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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. This illustrated children's book fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.
  NativityPeaceLibrary | May 29, 2022 |
I am reading through as many banned/ challenged books as I can. All I can say is book banners, are you kidding me? Y'all. This is not a ploy to further the "gay" agenda or anything of that nature. It's about penguins who adopt a baby that would otherwise not be cared for. The penguins are, in fact, both males, but it doesn't glorify same-sex couples or whatever in the hell y'all want to call it. It's told in a very matter-of-fact manner easy for small children to understand. My six-year-old with Down syndrome said "Awwww he's so cute. Look at the penguin." She also said, "two daddies? Okay." She also reread the story to me and said, "Carousel at the zoo. I ride the carousel. Penguins need an egg. Aww, the daddies. The end." She's quite traumatized. ( )
  GhostDuchess | Apr 8, 2022 |
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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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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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Based on a true story, this charming and heart-warming tale proves that all you need to make a family is love.
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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