And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (Hardback)
In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others. This illustrated children's book fictionalizes the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.
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Reading Level: 7+
"Note to detractors: THIS IS A TRUE STORY! The art is simple but sweet and fairly colorful considering the pictures are of penguins in their barren habitat. The story is beautifully told, with a minimum of anthropomorphizing. It's just one of those feel good books that you just have to read. I recommend it for everyone who can handle the idea that two male penguins can fall in love."
"Families come in all different arrangements, and that goes for penguin families, too. I know there's a lot of fuss about this book, but I don't see anything wrong with telling a sweet story about love and dedication.
Based on a true story, the Chinstrap penguins Roy and Silo at the Central Park Zoo are both boys, but they love each other and do everything like the other penguin couples. Except that they can't produce an egg to sit on. So the zookeeper gives them an extra egg to take care of, and one day Tango hatches and makes three in their family. I think books like this are important to read to children, because they address the diversity we have in the world. Yet it does so in a safe way and with animals, which kids always love."
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