And Tango Makes Three

And Tango Makes Three

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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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2005
ISBN: 9780689878459
0689878451
Branch Call Number: RIC
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged)
Additional Contributors: Parnell, Peter
Cole, Henry 1955-
Alternative Title: Tango makes three

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Ichibankawaii1
Jan 24, 2017

Great love story for all ages not just for children. It turns out to be a true story about a couple who are given a chance to adopt and raise a baby, proving that love goes beyond being human. It teaches us that a very kind and thoughtful person (the caretaker) can give the couple an opportunity to raise a little one and make everyone happy and a better world. It also gave us the curiosity to do further research on animals. We learned that love can go beyond any limit. A must read book.

AL_SARAHD Sep 27, 2016

This book teaches children of all ages some very important messages about acceptance. We are all who we are for a reason and sometimes, that reason is to provide love for those neglected by the rest of society.

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SharkyS
Nov 09, 2015

This book is wonderful!
It's the perfect length for a bedtime story, lovely illustrations, and as an extra special bonus it's a beautiful, heartwarming story that spotlights how there's more than one way to be a family.
I checked this book out not knowing anything about it, and after one reading with my infant daughter I bought it!
Incidentally, it's based on a true story.
Highly recommended.

Roy and Silo, two male penguins at the New York City Zoo, are a little bit different—they do everything together, including building a nest. And when their zookeeper sees this, he gives them an egg that needs to be cared for, and together, Roy and Silo raise Tango. Full-color illustrations in a picture-book format.

DebAK Sep 23, 2014

To push the idea of homosexual relationships on children--clearly this book's intent--is shameful given the age at which this book is directed. Besides, if one considers the rarity of homosexuality amongst animals, the need to write a book about it is only considered by the ones who have an agenda! First, the book's "Description" does not tell you the complete true story: Silo eventually found a female mate and left his male partner! Second: the book is not BANNED anywhere. You can buy it even on line. This is typical American Library Association brain-washing lingo. (If you take the time to research this case, you will find out that the zookeepers wanted to introduce female mates but gay organizations argued against it so the zookeepers backed off (thus leaving the two male penquins alone). If the zookeepers were allowed to do their job the two pinguins would probably have had female mates and their own offspring!)

shirlp Aug 20, 2013

Animal behavior is just that animal behavior. Adults taking care of young. They have no agenda or judgement of morals. It was just an enjoyable story.

Mee2 Aug 19, 2013

This was based on a true story, but the story was twisted and became propaganda, as a prior reviewer explained. The problem with this book is not only the message itself (that traditional families do not matter) but the fact that it is an extremely controversial subject. It should, therefore, be handled only by adults, who can decide if they want to expose their children to controversial materials. No book burning, no censorship, just good ol’ common sense!

forbesrachel Aug 14, 2013

Based on a true story, this is the tale of two male penguins who raise a chick together. The message of the book is that having two daddies is just the same as having a mother-father family. Some may find this controversial, and it is recommended to those who find it difficult to accept love in all its forms, that they avoid this. Others have looked at this literally as about only animals in nature to skirt around the main topic, but like many other children's books, the characters are just humans wrapped in another package. This is about accepting differences, and more children should read books like this, although this should always be done with careful explanation by the parents on such social/cultural topics. As for the story itself, it is cute, yet simple, and has a central theme of family.

mmg2681 Jul 28, 2013

I got this children's book so I could see what all the comments were about. I do not find anything wrong with this book or reading it to children. Then again, this is my opinion and everyone is entitled to their own.

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Nancy J Mata
Apr 29, 2013

This book has been the most challenged book to read because I didn’t agree with the moral of the story. This book is about two male penguins who are a couple and adopt a baby penguin. Reading this book, it helped me realize that I was very sensitive towards the theme. Therefore, I research the story to find more information about this book. According to the New York Times, Silo had a female penguin partner name Scrappy, breaking the relationship with Roy. I think that Roy and Silo were good friends working towards a common good instead of being in a gay relationship. I did learn an important lesson...don't buy books and give them to your children without reading them yourself first! We must be aware of the books we are reading and the message those books are sending. I will not recommend this book for the reasons mention above.

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naturalist
May 08, 2016

naturalist thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 10

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JihadiConservative
May 03, 2016

JihadiConservative thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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michelejames
Apr 13, 2015

michelejames thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 8

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LibrarianGabriel
Mar 05, 2015

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dnl84
Oct 23, 2013

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DebAK Jul 01, 2013

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Nancy J Mata
Apr 29, 2013

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jazmjoh
Apr 27, 2013

jazmjoh thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 10

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Nancy J Mata
Apr 29, 2013

"Wherever Roy went, Silo went too"

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jazmjoh
Apr 27, 2013

"Every year at the very same time, the girl penguins start noticing the boy penguins. And the boy penguins start noticing the girls. When the right girl and the right boy find each other, they become a couple."

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asrushing2014
Apr 16, 2013

"The animals make families of their own"

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BSKing
Apr 07, 2013

"Now Roy and Silo were fathers. 'We'll call her Tango,' Mr. Gramzay decided, 'because it takes two to make a Tango.'"

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BradyRhys
Mar 26, 2013

"Now Roy and Silo were fathers. "We'll call her Tango." Mister Gramzay decided. "Because it takes two to make a Tango."

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CourtneyHendon
Mar 25, 2013

"Every day families of all kinds go to visit the families that live there"

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KLalala
Mar 25, 2013

"But one day Roy and Silo saw that the other couples could do something they could not."

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pwbattistelli
Dec 17, 2012

"At night the three penguins returned to their nest. There they snuggled together, and like all the other penguins in the penguin house, and all the other animals in the zoo, and all the families in the big city around them, they went to sleep."

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jazmjoh
Apr 27, 2013

This book is about Roy and Silo, two male penguins adapting the role of parents to Tango. They live in Central Park Zoo. Roy and Silo did everything together like swim, build a nest and play before taking on the role of a parents. Roy and Silo tried several ways to get a child. Tango was taken from its original parents because they couldn’t provide adequate care. It is a replica of a real world situation.

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asrushing2014
Apr 16, 2013

"And Tango Makes Three" is about two male penguins being attracted to one another. They want to have a baby and be just like other penguin couples. They try by getting a rock that looks similar to the eggs the other couples have and try to hatch it. After sometime the zookeeper realizes what the two penguins are trying to do and helps out by giving them an egg to take care of. Eventually the egg hatches and "pop!" out comes Baby Tango.

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BSKing
Apr 07, 2013

There are many different types of families in the zoo, but Tango's family is not like any of the others, she has two dads. This picture book is based off the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the New York Central Park Zoo.

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BradyRhys
Mar 26, 2013

It is a unique story about two penguins who share similar actions like those of other penguin couples. These two male penguins, Roy and Silo, are given the opportunity to nest and care for an egg of their own. They care for the egg, love the egg, and eventually the egg hatches thanks to Silo and Roy. Nice story.

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CourtneyHendon
Mar 25, 2013

This story is about two male penguins named Roy and Silo who care for an egg, which eventually hatches and that they name Tango. They live in a zoo, and many families of all kinds come to see Roy, Silo, and Tango.

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KLalala
Mar 25, 2013

This amazing story introduces a real life situation about two male penguins who falls in love and lay an egg, at the Central Park in New York.

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pwbattistelli
Dec 17, 2012

And Tango Makes Three is an endearing and thought-provoking true tale of two male chinstrap penguins at the Central Park Zoo that fall in love, hatch an abandoned egg, and raise the offspring.

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ecrl Sep 15, 2012

Other: homosexuality

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