And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell
Illustrations by Henry Cole
In the newer ranks of suddenly banned books, we have “And Tango Makes Three.” So, of course, back to my ongoing saga of having to read it.
In this book, we are transported to New York City and the zoo. There, all the penguins are taking mates and doing all the things that mates do together, including building nests, making eggs, and hatching penguin babies.
Except that we don’t follow one of those couples, we follow Roy and Silo, two boy penguins who, as it turns out, are very very happy together. And they do all the things that a penguin couple do, except lay an egg, even though they actually take a rock to their nest to see what happens.
A zookeeper puts an egg in their nest for them, and they nurture it, just like the other penguin couples, and love it, just like the other penguin couples, and take turns taking care of each other and the egg, just like other penguin couples, until it hatches into little baby Tango. Thus making three.
So, you know, parents banned this adorably cute book because, *gasp*, Roy and Silo are big, gay penguins, and we can’t have that no matter how fabulous the two of them are.
And the book ends with them lovingly snuggled together. And then I turned the page and read… “Author’s Note: All of the events in this story are true.”
So let me get this straight. (*snicker*) People are trying to ban a true story from being in our libraries? Again? Just… *sigh*
I’m sure you know what my opinion on that is.
As for the book, it’s sweet, it’s charming, it’s simple, and again, it’s 100% true. I love this book. 5/5