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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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I love this book about a pair of male penguins that love each other and just want an egg of their own. Kudos to the NYC Aquarium for making this happen for them and allowing these two to raise a baby together! ( )
  FlowerBrookCottage | May 22, 2024 |
The true story of two male penguins adopting a baby penguin together at the New York Zoo. I thought it was great--not preachy or overly message-y at all--just a touching story about what makes a family. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Preschool - 2nd Grade
Awards: ASPCA Henry Bergh Book Award (2005)
  vflore21 | Dec 5, 2023 |
I absolutely love this book! I hope I get to read it to my grandchildren. ( )
  MahanaU | Nov 21, 2023 |
This is a banned book. Censored for unsuited for age group, LGBTQ content and religious content

A wonderful, true story about three penguins at the Central Park zoo. Two male penguins raise Tango as a hatchling and at the time of the of the 10th anniversary book were still at the Central Park Zoo. ( )
  foof2you | Jun 17, 2023 |
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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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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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