And Tango Makes Three

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In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others.

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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Overview

In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others.

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A touching and delightful variation on a major theme."
—Maurice Sendak

"This wonderful story of devotion is heartwarming proof that Mother Nature knows best."
—Harvey Fierstein

"Charming! And Tango Makes Three proves that all kinds of love can create a family."
—Wendy Wasserstein

"A little miracle for children. Funny, tender, and true, the story of Tango will delight young readers and open their minds."
—John Lithgow

Publishers Weekly
Tango has two daddies in this heartwarming tale, inspired by actual events in New York's Central Park Zoo. Two male penguins, Roy and Silo, "did everything together. They bowed to each other.... They sang to each other. And swam together. Wherever Roy went, Silo went too.... Their keeper... thought to himself, `They must be in love.' " Cole's (The Sissy Duckling) endearing watercolors follow the twosome as they frolic affectionately in several vignettes and then try tirelessly to start a family-first they build a stone nest and then they comically attempt to hatch a rock. Their expressive eyes capture a range of moods within uncluttered, pastel-hued scenes dominated by pale blue. When the keeper discovers an egg that needs tending, he gives it to Roy and Silo, who hatch and raise the female. The keeper says, "We'll call her Tango,... because it takes two to make a Tango." Older readers will most appreciate the humor inherent in her name plus the larger theme of tolerance at work in this touching tale. Richardson and Parnell, making their children's book debut, ease into the theme from the start, mentioning that "families of all kinds" visit the zoo. This tender story can also serve as a gentle jumping-off point for discussions about same-sex partnerships in human society. Ages 4-8. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-This tale based on a true story about a charming penguin family living in New York City's Central Park Zoo will capture the hearts of penguin lovers everywhere. Roy and Silo, two male penguins, are "a little bit different." They cuddle and share a nest like the other penguin couples, and when all the others start hatching eggs, they want to be parents, too. Determined and hopeful, they bring an egg-shaped rock back to their nest and proceed to start caring for it. They have little luck, until a watchful zookeeper decides they deserve a chance at having their own family and gives them an egg in need of nurturing. The dedicated and enthusiastic fathers do a great job of hatching their funny and adorable daughter, and the three can still be seen at the zoo today. Done in soft watercolors, the illustrations set the tone for this uplifting story, and readers will find it hard to resist the penguins' comical expressions. The well-designed pages perfectly marry words and pictures, allowing readers to savor each illustration. An author's note provides more information about Roy, Silo, Tango, and other chinstrap penguins. This joyful story about the meaning of family is a must for any library.-Julie Roach, Watertown Free Public Library, MA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In this true, straightforwardly (so to speak) delivered tale, two male chinstrap penguins at New York City's Central Park Zoo bond, build a nest and-thanks to a helping hand from an observant zookeeper-hatch and raise a penguin chick. Seeing that the penguins dubbed Roy and Silo "did everything together. They bowed to each other. And walked together. They sang to each other. And swam together," their keeper, Mr. Gramzay, thinks, "They must be in love." And so, when Roy and Silo copy the other penguin couples and build a nest of stones, it's Gramzay who brings a neighboring couple's second egg for them to tend, then names the resulting hatchling "Tango." Cole gives the proud parents and their surrogate offspring small smiles, but otherwise depicts figures and setting with tidy, appealing accuracy. Unlike Harvey Fierstein's groundbreaking The Sissy Duckling (2002), also illustrated by Cole, this doesn't carry its agenda on its shoulder; readers may find its theme of acceptance even more convincing for being delivered in such a matter of fact, non-preachy way. (afterword) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689878459
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/26/2005
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 61,836
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell are the authors of the award winning picture book And Tango Makes Three. Richardson is a psychiatrist on the faculty of Columbia and Cornell. Parnell is a playwright whose plays have been produced on and Off-Broadway. They live in New York City with their daughter, Gemma.

Peter Parnell is the co-author, with Justin Richardson, of And Tango Makes Three. Peter is a playwright whose plays have been produced at the Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Seattle Repertory Company, among others. His play QED was produced on Broadway. He has written extensively for televison as a producer for both The West Wing and The Guardian; he has also written episodes of Maurice Sendak's series Little Bear. He lives in New York City.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

    It's a hit with the kids

    I bought this book last xmas for my nephew who just turned four. He was drawn to the penguins and immediately started flipping through it and has demanded his mom read it many times since. It's very engagingly written and nicely illustrated. And it's also a TRUE story. There really are gay penguins at the Central Park Zoo that have raised a chick. Anyway, the 4 year old gets it, which is good considering that he has gay relatives and family friends. It's a great way of reinforcing that in our world being gay is positive and utterly normal. The only people who would not like this book are the kind of people who raise their children to be ignorant and hateful.

    23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2008

    What An Adorable Lovely Book

    The people who have a problem with this book clearly are not LGBT people because if they were theyd know better, as someone that is gay I would like to point out how heterosexist most 'traditional' childrens stories are assuming that everyone is straight, and saying that children arent ready for this type of subject is rubbish, children should be aware of the diversity of love so that those children who are and always have been LGBT wont feel isolated, discriminated against, and alone. Everyone deserves decent role models--EVERYONE!!!!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2006

    amused

    Its a truly lovely story, delivered without political agenda. I think what some oversensitive parents are forgetting is that this book is based on a true story about two REAL male penguins raising a REAL chick. Penguins don't have politics. If you insist upon being 'disgusted', don't be disgusted at a book. Be disgusted that you've forgotten all kinds of love exist in nature.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    If you've read this far you already know the book is about 2 mal

    If you've read this far you already know the book is about 2 male penguins who were given an egg to hatch, so you're already forewarned. But don't let anyone 'guilt' or intimidate you into buying this book. To say it celebrates love in the animal kingdom is a lie. One of the authors is a psychiatrist who, as the book jacket details, specializes in family dynamics, so the intent of the book is to suggest we can extrapolate from penguins to people. He should know better. Penguin parents are not at all like people parents -- each penguin needs to fish for itself in the wild, so penguins trade off time on the nest, and as a result, there really are no specialized roles in penguin parenting. So two male penguins can incubate and egg and feed a chick just fine. But humans do have specialized roles. To Dr. Richardson, I would say, the emperor has no clothes, but the emperor in this analogy is not a penguin. To be more clear, the psychiatrist may have great credentials, but he has no common sense. Sure, gay people can be loving and deserve to be treated with dignity, but they cannot replace an intact family with complementary parents. What a sad way to mislead kids, teaching them at a young age to compromise their standards.

    10 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

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    Clear and honest

    Great book for anyone who wants to teach their child about love - all sorts of love - being acceptable.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A wonderful, touching story

    It's so nice to have a beautiful story about all kinds of families. Every parent should educate their children about families, and how each family is beautiful and special. I highly recommend this book for all of the LGBT families out there!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    Unfortunate that love can't just be seen for love

    What an outstanding way to introduce love and tolerence to children. My son loves penguins, and this was a must have book. Children need to learn at an early age tolerence for those who are different from themselves. The book is not promoting homosexuality, but rather taking a TRUE story, and turning into a teaching point. A must have for all familes who plan on raising a well rounded child.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    Reasons we have hateful children...

    The reason why this is not accepted is because of the ignorant parents out there. Open your mind..just because people are not "normal"(whatever that is, God only knows what you teach your children) doesn't mean its wrong!
    Maybe teach them its ok because you never know if your child will grow up that way and if they do GOD BLESS THEM!!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

    Wonderful

    There is nothing about this book that is offensive, as far as I'm concerned. Two male penguins love each other and raise a baby. It's not porn. It's an adorable book with a great message: families come in all shapes and sizes, but they're still families. I highly reccommend this book. I bought it for my daughter before she was born, and I hope she takes its message to heart as she grows.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2007

    Sweet story

    This is a sweet story about love and family. How anyone can misconstrue this as 'sick' is beyond me! The theme is love!!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2007

    You've Got to Be Kidding

    What is our world coming to? Children in preschool are not ready to tackle this subject yet. How would you all feel if we brought in a story straight from the Bible? Now let's talk tolerance. I am a teacher, a mother and a liberal, but not this liberal.

    5 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    So sweet So loving So RIGHT

    How anyone in there right minds can say that this is sick or this is wrong is crazy. Those who say God didnt intend for this to happen is wrong how can a tale about two penguins who love each other be wrong when God preaches love and acceptance.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    Excellent

    I love this book. It is a true story which adds to the positive dicussion with children after. I think that this book is a must read for anyone who believes that all people and things deserve humanity and tolerance!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

    A sweet and endearing read

    Based on a true story, this is a sweet book that shows the importance of being a family, even if it isn't traditional.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2010

    Beautiful book

    wonderfully written; pictures are beautiful; great way to present the diversity of families; great for all children and will be enjoyed by adults as well; recommend this book for everyone's library.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2007

    Amazing!

    I read this book to do a review for the Kid's Lit class I'm in. This book is awesome! It is a touching story and to anyone that thinks kids are too young for this needs to open their eyes. Homosexuality is everywhere. Kids understand it more than people think. The people that do not agree that kids should read this book need to watch kids in the classroom, I've seen tons of videos of classroom experience and they bring up homosexuality to five year olds and they completely understand it. Kids are smarter and more accepting then we think. I would tell everyone to read this book. It will be one I share with my kids one day.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2005

    Fabulous Book!

    This book is such a nice addition to any children's library. In it's quiet, subtle, manner it teaches children about tolerance and the duality of love. Not only is it great for children, but even adults can enjoy the true story of two male penguins becoming a family.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2005

    Wonderful!

    This is a beautiful children's book explaining the true story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins from the Central Park Zoo that want nothing more than to start a family like the other penguin couples. This book is a must have for any adoptive parents.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    Great Book for all ages :)

    We read this book in a children's literature class and I loved it, and so did everyone else in the class, keep in mind I live in a VERY conservative town. This book opens children up to the different kinds of families out there without being offensive and in your face about it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has children, and wants to teach them about equality and acceptance.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2011

    beautiful

    Great book. Teaches kids about acceptance and tollerance at an early age. beautigul story about love and beating the odds.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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