Published in 2005 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Interest Level: 3rd-6th Grade
This is based on a true story about a same-sex penguin couple that are given an egg to hatch. At first it seems as if the couple are just a cute duo of male penguin friends. Then they are given an egg to hatch together and it is clear they are a same-sex couple. This depiction of homosexuality is a less overt way to explain and show its implications and concerns. The book has drawings that allow for a picture book feel, even though the story is based on a real same-sex penguin couple.
This book could start a great discussion of what makes a family, how families come together, and how to accept different types of families. Although this may be a touchy subject for many students, parents, and schools it is necessary to have a diversity of examples of families so that students can come to accept differences that they will find in the community. The picture book format is a great way to introduce a serious subject in a sensitive and thoughtful way.
The only problem I have with this book is where it was shelved in my public library, which was the non-fiction animal area. Books like this that are about different diversities need to be accessible to students and parents, but it is debatable where they should be shelved. Personally, I think in my public library this book has been cataloged incorrectly and hopefully books like this can be better cataloged and understood by the community in a more open way in the future.