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And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

117997And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Illustrated by Henry Cole
2005 Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN – 0689878451
Genre – Picture Book
Age – Preschool
5 Stars

Roy and Silo are two penguins that live in the Central Park Zoo. They are best friends and they do everything together. Every year the girl penguins and the boy penguins pair off into couples, but Roy and Silo, both boy penguins, stay together. When the penguin couples  begin to make a nest for themselves, Roy and Silo also make a nest for themselves.  But they found one thing they could not do, create a baby penguin. One day their keeper found an abandoned egg, and put in in their nest. Roy and Silo sat on the egg until it hatched, and thus became a new family!

This beautiful story is completely true. Although this is one of the most controversial picture books of the past decade, it tells the story of love and family. The pictures are soft and expressive, showing true emotion in Ray and Silo’s faces.  It shows the genuine connection of two male penguins, and the happy family to which they belong. It shows that baby Tango is loved by both of his parents no matter what their sex. A lovely way to explain the issue of same sex relationships and families!

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