And Tango Makes Three – Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell

Illustrations – Henry Cole

It’s Banned Books Week and the theme for 2018 is Banning Books Silences Stories. If someone tells me not to do something I want to do it even more so I was really excited when I came across Humble Bundle’s Forbidden Books bundle. This is the first book I’ve read from the bundle.

Of the Top 10 Most Challenged Books of 2017 (as reported by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom) the ninth most challenged book is this sweet love story between two penguins in Central Park Zoo, just because the penguins that love each other are boys.

At the end of the book I discovered that Roy and Silo’s story is taken from real life which increased the adorability factor to maximum for me. Roy and Silo became a couple in 1998. In 2000 keeper Rob Gramzay’s wonderful idea became a dream come true for our two penguins when they welcomed Tango to their family. If you’re like me and will be concerned about why Tango’s egg was available, you don’t need to worry as it’s not a sad story. This book shows that it’s love, not biology, that makes a family.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Once Upon a Blurb

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 fictionalises the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the Central Park Zoo.

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