Student Teacher, March 20, 2010 (view all comments by Student Teacher)
This book is ridiculous. In reality, the penguin, Silo, has a female mate named Scrappy. I read that gay activists wanted to isolate the male penguins and keep the zoo keepers from introducing them to females. But as soon as they did, guess what? Nature took over. And male went with female.
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brandy.charlan, October 1, 2009 (view all comments by brandy.charlan)
This is a book portraying an actual event. Two male penquins are loving best friends and foster an orphan child. Period.
All this arguing over human sexuality is perversion. Do you hear me, far right, PERVERSION.
Give up your obsession with sex, and appreciate love in all it's forms. Remember, God is LOVE.
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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, July 27, 2009 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
Feel like living dangerously? Read "And Tango Makes Three!" Disregard the charming illustrations and the fact this story is based on a true story, because this book is DANGEROUS-- the penguin parents are-- GASP! two male penguins!!!! Since 2006, And Tango Makes Three has been the most challenged book in the United States. Reasons given in formal written complaints to remove the book from library shelves are: the book is "anti-ethnic, anti-family, [portrays] homosexuality, [has an inappropriate] religious viewpoint, and [is] unsuited to age group" (from American Library Association website). So I say, live "dangerously," and enjoy the heartwarming story about Roy, Silo, and little Tango.
P.S. According to a July 19 article, Silo dumped Roy a few years ago, but that's another story...
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hcheu, November 11, 2008 (view all comments by hcheu)
"A well-developed, fully responsive, free readership is the most powerful force for personal and social change." from Read for Your Life by Joseph Gold
This book for children is the kind that challenges conservative grow-ups to grow up. The many awards it earned can show how the book is worthy of open discussion and possible personal and social change thereafter. One may think that it is not a school library's poisition to "push a political agenda" -- but what we have taken for granted, namely traditional family, is also an agenda. This is a book that children should read and think about in relation to other possibilities and agendas. It should be in our libraries.
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by 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) " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by School Library Journal,
"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."
by Wendy Wasserstein,
"Charming! And Tango Makes Three proves that all kinds of love can create a family."
by John Lithgow,
"A little miracle for children. Funny, tender, and true, the story of Tango will delight young readers and open their minds."
Erica S. Perl and Henry Cole team up once again to deliver spot-on humor with their unforgettable chicken character.
In this cheeky (sorry!) sequel to the wildly fun Chicken Butt!, the young jokester and his chicken muse are back, but this time they're trying to trick Mom. She thinks she has caught on to the gag, but as she distractedly does the grocery shopping, she falls victim to a flurry of jokes using homonyms and homophoneswords such as "dear" and "deer," and "which" and "witch." Wordplay has never been so much fun.
Like Chicken Butt!, this story encourages children to participate in a call-and-response reading format that reinforces their reading skills.
by Simon and Schuster,
In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others.
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