And Tango Makes Three, Paperback Book
5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Roy and Silo are just like the other penguin couples at the zoo - they bow to each other, walk together and swim together.

But Roy and Silo are a little bit different - they're both boys.

Then, one day, when Mr Gramzay the zookeeper finds them trying to hatch astone, he realises that it may be time for Roy and Silo to become parents for real.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 32 pages, Full colour
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Picture books
  • ISBN: 9781847381484

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In response to comments about homosexuality being "unnatural," the authors present the true story of a couple of male penguins who are given an egg, hatch it and raise it, making one big happy family. An excellent book to read to children just noticing that someone might have two moms or two dads and great for parents wanting to present positive images of both straight and gay families. This book absolutly does not mention sex in any way-these are two guy penguins who like each other alot and really want to raise a baby penguin like they see other penguin couples doing.Adorable artwork, simple enough writing-good for read aloud or early readers, up through about 2nd grade (if kids know lots of gay people) or older (if the kids aren't ever introduced to gay people or couples).This book is worth defending in libraries.

Review by

Based on the true story of some penguins at the New York Zoo, this book is a moving and delightful introduction to the idea of alternative families. The wonderful illustrations and straight-forward approach to the story make this book an excellent choice for story-time at home or in school. The current popularity of penguins and their gosh-darned cuteness make them an excellent choice to introduce young children to the idea that not every family is the same. I was delighted to learn that the story is true, and know children will want to learn more about Tango and her family; I hope a sequel is in the works!

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