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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
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Sep 18, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: picture-books, challenged-books

This is a sweet story about 2 male chinstrap penguins, Roy and Silo, who are frustrated because they couldn't seem to lay and hatch a penguin chick like others in their penguin house at the zoo. A sympathetic zookeeper notices and brings a rejected egg to their twiggy nest. Together they hatch the egg and teach the baby chick, Tango, how to swim and get food. This new family joined right in with the other penguin families, and "Tango was the first penguin in the zoo to have two daddies."

Henry Cole's soft watercolors set just the right tone for this cozy story. The penguins' faces are expressive, but not to the point of anthropomorphism.

It is sad that this book has been challenged for promoting gay rights, especially when it's taken from a true incident at Central Park Zoo, as noted by the authors on the last page. The book is intended for preschool through 1st grade students who would not take the diverse family situation as central to the plot, if they even noticed it at all.

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