And Tango Makes Three

Hardcover | June 1, 2005

byJustin Richardson, Peter ParnellIllustratorHenry Cole

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And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

Selected as an ALA Notable Children’s Book Nominee and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, “this joyful story about the meaning of family is a must for any library” (School Library Journal, starred review).

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And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own. Se...

Justin Richardson is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia and a practicing psychiatrist who lectures regularly on teens and sexuality both nationally and to the parents of New York City's finest private schools. He founded the center for gay and lesbian mental health at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. He resides in New York City.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:32 pages, 8.5 × 11 × 0.4 inPublished:June 1, 2005Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0689878451

ISBN - 13:9780689878459

Appropriate for ages: 4

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming, Gentle, Wonderful What a wonderful book! A gentle, compassionate story that shows our children the different forms a family can take. Why people would seek to ban this book eludes me. The world needs more love, not division.
Date published: 2012-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from And Gaybe Makes a Family! “There they snuggled together and like all other penguins in the penguin house, and all the other animals in the zoo and all the families in the big city around them, they went to sleep.” After listening to a CBC Radio One’s interview with the authors of this beautiful story and hearing that it was the most controversial book of this century I would say (in fact it’s the most banned book of 2009) I went and bought myself a copy to read to my little cousin who was coming over that weekend. Needless to say, with the simplistic words, engaging story line and vivid pictures she was enthralled and rightly so. It is enchanting and charming and most importantly true. Yes my friends, this story is indeed based on real life events about two loving homosexual male penguins and their quest for a family. The penguins, Roy and Silo, fell in love at a very young age, and while there were many female companions available at the zoo they only had eyes for each other. They were partners for 2 years before they tried to build a nest, and following their natural instincts they tried to hatch an egg, but of course the egg was just a rock (for two male penguins cannot produce an egg). Seeing their heartbreaking efforts to start a family the zookeepers brought them an egg that was no longer being cared for and both males nurtured and cared for the egg until it hatched. The female, Tango, certainly made this family of three complete. I am a huge advocate for this picture book. It teaches compassion, it teaches love, diversity and most importantly it teaches that not everyone lives in the “nuclear” family (perhaps we can call gay families secular families?). Of course after reading this book to my cousin she had many questions. How can she have two daddies? Where is her mommy? Does she have two mommies too? I proceeded to answer, to the best of my abilities. It is so important for people to teach their children that not everyone is exactly like them, that they will come into contact with someone who is homosexual eventually in their life and that they should not judge them but instead embrace them.
Date published: 2009-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This was such a sweet heart-warming book. Everyone I know with children and without thinks it's so cute. And it's really neat to see it's based on what actually happened. I would recommend it to anyone though from what I hear Chapters doesn't even find it worth stocking in their stores. THAT is disturbing.
Date published: 2008-10-18