N_stefanie's review of And Tango Makes Three
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Oct 24, 2010 06:41PM
I was so glad that you chose this book as well! I just finished reading it and wanted to hear what others had to say about it. Here is my question for you, would you feel comfortable reading this book to younger students, such as early elementary students? The problem I can see with this book is, once you have read it to your students, having your students go home and tell their parents, and their parents disagreeing with your choice of reading this book aloud. What are your thoughts? I know you teach high school, how do you think your high schoolers would react? I wish I could remember if a teacher had ever read a book like this to me when I was younger. For me , I think this could be a book I had in my library, but I don't (unfortunately) think that I could read it aloud to my students.
By the way, you did a fabulous job of paraphrasing this book! I love how succinct and clear your review is. Thank you!
Oct 25, 2010 09:46AM
This sounds like a wonderful book. I tried to check it out at my local library, but their only copy was already checked out. I really want to look at this book during Thursday's class. I hope and wonder, though, if there exist any picture books about people who form "alternative" families, especially because this book makes Roy and Silo's actions so natural and normal. In other words, there is nothing "alternative" about their choice. Yes - this is a real story about real penguins, but I would love a real story about real people told with love too. I guess I want nothing "exceptional" about two loving daddies.
Oct 25, 2010 12:43PM
Stephanie and Allie,
I loved this book as well and would feel quite comfortable reading it to a first-grade class. I read it to my daughter who is five and she loved it. I must say though that she did not pick up on the fact that Tango had two dads. Emily loved the book because of the story and love shared between Roy and Silo, and then the love shared with Tango. Allie, I don't think this book would be inappropriate if parents were made aware of the subject matter after the reading. I would also make my principal aware of the story theme prior to reading it and also let them okay any note sent home to parents. I have to say that where I have taught, I would probably get mixed reactions from presenting this book to a class.
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