And Tango Makes Three
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And Tango Makes Three : The True Story of the Very First Chinstrap Penguin to Have Two Daddies

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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.
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Hardback | 32 pages
  • 223 x 287 x 11mm | 410g
  • Simon Spotlight Entertainment
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0689878451
  • 9780689878459
  • 73,067

Review Text

In this true, straightforwardly (so to speak) delivered tale, two male chinstrap penguins at New York City's Central Park Zoo bond, build a nest and-thanks to a helping hand from an observant zookeeper-hatch and raise a penguin chick. Seeing that the penguins dubbed Roy and Silo `did everything together. They bowed to each other. And walked together. They sang to each other. And swam together,` their keeper, Mr. Gramzay, thinks, `They must be in love.` And so, when Roy and Silo copy the other penguin couples and build a nest of stones, it's Gramzay who brings a neighboring couple's second egg for them to tend, then names the resulting hatchling `Tango.` Cole gives the proud parents and their surrogate offspring small smiles, but otherwise depicts figures and setting with tidy, appealing accuracy. Unlike Harvey Fierstein's groundbreaking The Sissy Duckling (2002), also illustrated by Cole, this doesn't carry its agenda on its shoulder; readers may find its theme of acceptance even more convincing for being delivered in such a matter of fact, non-preachy way. (afterword) (Picture book/nonfiction. 5-9) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Review quote

`A little miracle for children. Funny, tender, and true, the story of Tango will delight young readers and open their minds.` --John Lithgow
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About Justin Richardson

Justin Richardson, MD, is the coauthor, with Peter Parnell, of the award-winning picture book And Tango Makes Three. Dr. Richardson is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia and Cornell and the coauthor of Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They'd Ask). Dr. Richardson and his advice have been featured in The New York Times and The Washington Post, on the Today show and NPR's Morning Edition, and in numerous magazines. Dr. Richardson lectures to parents and teachers on parenting and the sexual development of children. Peter Parnell is the coauthor, with Justin Richardson, of And Tango Makes Three. He is a playwright whose plays have been produced at the Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Seattle Repertory Company, among others. His play QED was produced on Broadway. He has written extensively for television as a producer for both The West Wing and The Guardian; he has also written episodes of Maurice Sendak's series Little Bear. He lives in New York City.

Henry Cole has written and illustrated more than fifty books for children, including Spot, And Tango Makes Three, Oink?, and Little Bo in France. He is also the illustrator of With a Little Help from My Friends by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. A former elementary school teacher, he now writes and paints full time.
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Rating details

8,134 ratings
4.32 out of 5 stars
5 56% (4,547)
4 28% (2,310)
3 10% (849)
2 2% (192)
1 3% (236)

Our customer reviews

And Tango Makes Three is such a cute book! Roy and Silo are two male penguins, and they do everything together. But when it comes the moment to take care of an egg (like all the other penguin couples), they can't. But by luck, they have the opportunity to take care of an extra egg from another couple, Tango. If you want to teach your kids about family and love, this is your book. It's very sweet, the illustrations are beautiful and it has a real message. I was very excited to discover this was a true story. It doesn't matter your species or gender, love is real. Personally, I'll be sharing this story with my niece and my kids (when I have them hehe).show more
by Maria Guajardo (GABY)
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