And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three


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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, Henry Cole

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689878459
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 04/26/2005
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 458,299
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About 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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And Tango Makes Three 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
LaShmooo More than 1 year ago
Great book for anyone who wants to teach their child about love - all sorts of love - being acceptable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a sweet story about love and family. How anyone can misconstrue this as 'sick' is beyond me! The theme is love!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Mary Trecek More than 1 year ago
Based on a true story, this is a sweet book that shows the importance of being a family, even if it isn't traditional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
kisses4cc More than 1 year ago
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.
elizabeth canelo More than 1 year ago
Great book. Teaches kids about acceptance and tollerance at an early age. beautigul story about love and beating the odds.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm really impressed with the illustrations and the storyline. What a lovely tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very heartwarming and shows regardless of heterosexual or homosexual relationships that love is undefined. Love is a feeling that can be expressed in any way. This book would teach children to be more open-minded and loving in all levels..I have 2 children (9years and 15years) and they completely acknowledge and accept people that are homosexual.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is the best book. It is heart warming and lovely book to read.I read it in schhol and i thought it was awesome. i want people to read this book and be really happy exactly like my friends were when they read it.
Anonymous 11 months ago
We love a tango makes three, right now we have a small niece/ nephew and plans on using this to explain Aunties pregnancy I’d the times comes, if not it’s a great way to talk about how family’s can be built from love, this works for adoption too. And it’s a true story about penguins in a zoo! ?
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TheShort1 More than 1 year ago
I hope lots of people read this book. Love comes in all forms! Too many people think that love between 2 people of the same sex is unnatural, well it's happens, and it's right for those folks or penguins, or sea gulls, or any other fellow sojourner on this planet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago