And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

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And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

Selected as an ALA Notable Children’s Book Nominee and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist, “this joyful story about the meaning of family is a must for any library” (School Library Journal, starred review).

About Justin Richardson

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Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell are the authors of the award winning picture book And Tango Makes Three.  Richardson is a psychiatrist on the faculty of Columbia and Cornell.  Parnell is a playwright whose plays have been produced on and Off-Broadway.  They live in New York City with their daughter, Gemma. Peter Parnell is the co-author, with Justin Richardson, of And Tango Makes Three.  Peter is a playwright whose plays have been produced at the Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and the Seattle Repertory Company, among others. His play QED was produced on Broadway. He has written extensively for televison as a producer for both The West Wing and The Guardian; he has also written episodes of Maurice Sendak's series Little Bear. He lives in New York City. Henry Cole has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including And Tango Makes Three, Oink?, and Little Bo in France. A former elementary school teacher, he now writes and paints full time.
Published June 2, 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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In this true, straightforwardly (so to speak) delivered tale, two male chinstrap penguins at New York City’s Central Park Zoo bond, build a nest and—thanks to a helping hand from an observant zookeeper—hatch and raise a penguin chick.

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thought to himself, 'They must be in love.' " Cole's (The Sissy Duckling ) endearing watercolors follow the twosome as they frolic affectionately in several vignettes and then try tirelessly to start a family—first they build a stone nest and then they comically attempt to hatch a rock.

May 16 2005 | Read Full Review of And Tango Makes Three


when the censorship does such a great job of preventing people from knowing what homosexuality is, it’s easy to convince people that, say, gay people are all pedophiles out to abuse their children.

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Reviews Philosophy About Our Affiliates Books & Audios Recently Reviewed Many families in New York City like to take their children to the Central Park Zoo.

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From books with main characters who are LGBTQ or still figuring out their sexual orientations to stories of straight kids or teens with gay friends or parents, these books portray many aspects of the LGBTQ experience.

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Toddler/PreS—It's been a decade since Richardson, Parnell, and Cole told the true story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who bec

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