- Paperback: 32 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Boo (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1847381480
- ISBN-13: 978-1847381484
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,811,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What I found, is an enduring story (and a true one) based on two male penquins who form a bond so strong and loving that their keeper guesses "they must be in love." The story shows the two boy penquins doing all the same things the mated penquins do with the exception of hatching their own little baby. After the keeper finds an extra egg that is laid by another penquin couple (penquins can only take care of one egg), he decides to give Roy and Silo (the male couple) a chance to rear a little one. With much dedication, the two loving penquins take turns sitting on their nest and after a while, they hatch a cute little daughter, who is named Tango by the keeper.
To me, this book is a story of love. It shows how families are made up of different components and yet, with differences, there can still be undying love. I think many people might look at this book as only a children's book addressing homosexuality. These people are missing the point. This book is a story of love....the love two adults (regardless of gender) can have for each other and the love they can show a child that they raise. It could also been seen, in my opinion, as a book about adoption, where a couple can't have children and how they still shower their baby with love though it is not their own biological creation.
I think the story is told with tenderness and is thoughtful of the mind of a child.Read more ›
On the top ten list of most frequently challenged books (2009) from ALA: homosexuality
We live in a world with all types of families: two parents, one parent, grandparents, two moms, two dads, aunts, uncles, etc. It is the status quo today for life to be that way. It is not as taboo for two women to raise a child together (or two men, for that matter). There are all sorts of books available on the subject, for kids and adults. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell is just one example.
I did a Wikipedia search for the book and found an interesting quote from Mr. Richardson: We wrote the book to help parents teach children about same-sex parent families. It's no more an argument in favor of human gay relationships than it is a call for children to swallow their fish whole or sleep on rocks. I don't feel the book should have been banned, but rather it should be used as a teaching tool for parents. I certainly would have no problem reading it to my children. I can't speak for my friends, but in my experience, they are open-minded and would give it a chance before making a decision.
The story is simple and talks about different types of families in the beginning. From there it goes into Roy and Silo (the penguins) meeting and falling in penguin love. As time goes on, they watch their penguin friends pairing off and laying eggs. They are unable to lay eggs, so they find a rock and take turns sitting on it in hopes that it will hatch. Eventually, their caretaker, Mr. Gramzay finds them an egg to care for. It hatches and Tango is born (named because it takes two to Tango). Tango, Roy, and Silo go on to live happily ever after.
Honestly, I really enjoyed this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If your intention is to teach your kids about same sex families this is the book for you. Otherwise stay clear.Published 1 month ago by Tiffany
A cute story to introduce different types of families to your little one. I bought this to read to my toddler, he doesn't really have the patience to sit for it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C Garcia
This book should be compulsory reading for every primary school child. It's about time the planet got over itself and learnt acceptance regardless or race, colour, religion, or... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ann Dowling
A cute book but a controversial one at that. Tango has two dads so if that is something that bothers you or you don't want to explain to a young child that might not be around... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Maggie O.