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And Tango Makes Three

Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
And Tango Makes Three
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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2005
ISBN: 0689878451
Branch Call Number: J PIC R
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 23 x 29 cm.


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In the top ten every year since it's publication in 2005. Based on a true story of two male penguins who adopt an orphaned baby penguin.

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Roy and Silo, two male penguins at the New York City Zoo, are a little bit different—they do everything together, including building a nest. And when their zookeeper sees this, he gives them an egg that needs to be cared for, and together, Roy and Silo raise Tango. Full-color illustrations in a picture-book format.

Sep 23, 2014
  • DebAK rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

To push the idea of homosexual relationships on children--clearly this book's intent--is shameful given the age at which this book is directed. Besides, if one considers the rarity of homosexuality amongst animals, the need to write a book about it is only considered by the ones who have an agenda! First, the book's "Description" does not tell you the complete true story: Silo eventually found a female mate and left his male partner! Second: the book is not BANNED anywhere. You can buy it even on line. This is typical American Library Association brain-washing lingo. (If you take the time to research this case, you will find out that the zookeepers wanted to introduce female mates but gay organizations argued against it so the zookeepers backed off (thus leaving the two male penquins alone). If the zookeepers were allowed to do their job the two pinguins would probably have had female mates and their own offspring!)

Aug 23, 2014
  • susienor rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

The information contained in this book is inaccurate. The case of Roy and Silo is an exception on penguin behavior. Besides, it was widely reported that the "couple" broke up as soon as Scrappy, a female, was (despite homosexual activist groups' efforts to prevent it) presented. Originally, the egg Roy & Silo cared for was a rock, given by the zoo keepers. Being unable to procreate, they got a rock as a substitute; how sad! (Disney's cartoon The Ugly Duckling comes to mind: the Ugly Duckling is so desperate for acceptance that he adopts a wooden duck as its mother!) Homosexuality in animals is the exception, so to write a book presenting it as the norm is absurd. Now, on the matter of “banned books,” this is another Newspeak term created by the American Library Association, conceived with the clear intent to discredit honest complaints by parents. Anyone who did a modicum of research (at the ALA web site itself!) knows there are NO banned books in the US. Parents all over the US put forward complaints about books they do not believe their minor children should read; the percentage of books ever removed (no, NOT banned) from a public library or a school library is insignificant. Go to the ALA and do the research, do not let others fool you!

Aug 23, 2013
  • ecrl rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book’s theme is for more mature audiences. Definitely NOT a theme for children, unless their parents want them to read it. In other words, it should be available only in the Adult areas of libraries, where adults can make a decision; as someone else wrote below, parents should be allowed to decide what THEIR children read. (Incidentally, many animals do NOT mate with others of the same sex; it is not a rule, but a rare exception.)

Aug 21, 2013
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This was based on a true story, but the story was twisted and became propaganda, as a prior reviewer explained. The problem with this book is not only the message itself (that traditional families do not matter) but the fact that it is an extremely controversial subject. It should, therefore, be handled only by adults, who can decide if they want to expose their children to controversial materials. No book burning, no censorship, just good ol’ common sense!

Animal behavior is just that animal behavior. Adults taking care of young. They have no agenda or judgement of morals. It was just an enjoyable story.

Aug 14, 2013
  • forbesrachel rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Based on a true story, this is the tale of two male penguins who raise a chick together. The message of the book is that having two daddies is just the same as having a mother-father family. Some may find this controversial, and it is recommended to those who find it difficult to accept love in all its forms, that they avoid this. Others have looked at this literally as about only animals in nature to skirt around the main topic, but like many other children's books, the characters are just humans wrapped in another package. This is about accepting differences, and more children should read books like this, although this should always be done with careful explanation by the parents on such social/cultural topics. As for the story itself, it is cute, yet simple, and has a central theme of family.

Jul 28, 2013
  • mmg2681 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I got this children's book so I could see what all the comments were about. I do not find anything wrong with this book or reading it to children. Then again, this is my opinion and everyone is entitled to their own.

Apr 29, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This book has been the most challenged book to read because I didn’t agree with the moral of the story. This book is about two male penguins who are a couple and adopt a baby penguin. Reading this book, it helped me realize that I was very sensitive towards the theme. Therefore, I research the story to find more information about this book. According to the New York Times, Silo had a female penguin partner name Scrappy, breaking the relationship with Roy. I think that Roy and Silo were good friends working towards a common good instead of being in a gay relationship. I did learn an important lesson...don't buy books and give them to your children without reading them yourself first! We must be aware of the books we are reading and the message those books are sending. I will not recommend this book for the reasons mention above.

This is a very controversial book because of the different ways a person can perceive the relationship between the 2 male penguins. I don't recommend the book for young readers because it can cause alot of confusion from the love of same sex marriages. I am a parent and wouldn't want this book to expose my child to same sex parental control. This book's overall theme is the love of a parent but to use children literature to introduce homosexuality isn't fair to children because they are unaware of how relationships are actually suppose to work unless they have already been exposed to it via experience. As a parent, you can expect a child to come to you with several questions if they read deeper into the book than expected.

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Aug 07, 2014
  • LibrLdyMapleValley rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

LibrLdyMapleValley thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 3 and 8

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Jul 01, 2013
  • Mee2 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 01, 2013
  • susienor rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 01, 2013
  • DebAK rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 01, 2013
  • ecrl rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 29, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Nancy J Mata thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Apr 29, 2013
  • Nancy J Mata rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

"Wherever Roy went, Silo went too"

"Every year at the very same time, the girl penguins start noticing the boy penguins. And the boy penguins start noticing the girls. When the right girl and the right boy find each other, they become a couple."

"The animals make families of their own"

"Now Roy and Silo were fathers. 'We'll call her Tango,' Mr. Gramzay decided, 'because it takes two to make a Tango.'"

"Now Roy and Silo were fathers. "We'll call her Tango." Mister Gramzay decided. "Because it takes two to make a Tango."

"Every day families of all kinds go to visit the families that live there"

"But one day Roy and Silo saw that the other couples could do something they could not."

Dec 17, 2012
  • pwbattistelli rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"At night the three penguins returned to their nest. There they snuggled together, and like all the other penguins in the penguin house, and all the other animals in the zoo, and all the families in the big city around them, they went to sleep."


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This book is about Roy and Silo, two male penguins adapting the role of parents to Tango. They live in Central Park Zoo. Roy and Silo did everything together like swim, build a nest and play before taking on the role of a parents. Roy and Silo tried several ways to get a child. Tango was taken from its original parents because they couldn’t provide adequate care. It is a replica of a real world situation.

"And Tango Makes Three" is about two male penguins being attracted to one another. They want to have a baby and be just like other penguin couples. They try by getting a rock that looks similar to the eggs the other couples have and try to hatch it. After sometime the zookeeper realizes what the two penguins are trying to do and helps out by giving them an egg to take care of. Eventually the egg hatches and "pop!" out comes Baby Tango.

There are many different types of families in the zoo, but Tango's family is not like any of the others, she has two dads. This picture book is based off the true story of two male penguins who became partners and raised a penguin chick in the New York Central Park Zoo.

It is a unique story about two penguins who share similar actions like those of other penguin couples. These two male penguins, Roy and Silo, are given the opportunity to nest and care for an egg of their own. They care for the egg, love the egg, and eventually the egg hatches thanks to Silo and Roy. Nice story.

This story is about two male penguins named Roy and Silo who care for an egg, which eventually hatches and that they name Tango. They live in a zoo, and many families of all kinds come to see Roy, Silo, and Tango.

This amazing story introduces a real life situation about two male penguins who falls in love and lay an egg, at the Central Park in New York.

Dec 17, 2012
  • pwbattistelli rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

And Tango Makes Three is an endearing and thought-provoking true tale of two male chinstrap penguins at the Central Park Zoo that fall in love, hatch an abandoned egg, and raise the offspring.


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Sep 15, 2012
  • ecrl rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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