akibird

A Blog of Children's Literature

And Tango Makes Three February 13, 2011

And Tango Makes ThreeAnd Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And Tango Makes Three by Juston Richardson and Peter Parnell and illustrated by Henry Cole (2005)

Picture Book, 32 pages

Based on true events at the Central Park Zoo, And Tango Makes Three portrays a unique group of penguins who show that love and families come in all shapes and sizes. Paired with beautiful illustrations by Henry Cole, Richardson and Parnell’s narrative is a beautiful uncomplicated story of penguins Roy and Silo, two male penguins, who are best friends that desire to build a family together. Their lucky day arrives, and Tango is born into their lives, completing their small family. The book encourages more than just tolerance; it accepts all forms of love and all living creatures’ innate desires to love and be loved in return. Why teach hate, when you could teach children to accept one another?

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