Author: Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Artist: Henry Cole
Genre: Family / LGBT / Animals
Year Published: 2005
Year Read: 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Content Rating: Ages 5+ (Nothing Objectionable)
“And Tango Makes Three” is an Aspca Henry Bergh Book award winning book about how two male penguins, Roy and Silo, try to have a child together. Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell along with illustrations by Henry Cole makes “And Tango Makes Three” a truly touching story about what it takes to make a true family.
Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell have done a great job at discussing one of the major issues in our society in a lighthearted and comforting way. Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell makes this story extremely heartwarming and cute as Roy and Silo try so hard to build a family no matter how different they were from the other families. This story brilliantly talks about embracing the differences of certain families and the way that Silo and Roy want to be parents even though they are both boys is portrayed in a positive way and this book will help children embrace diversity extremely easily. Henry Cole’s illustrations are fluid and cute as the penguins look somewhat realistic and are drawn in fluid colors that help give the book a more upbeat mood and Henry Cole’s illustrations always show Roy and Silo having happy and comfortable expressions which shows that they take pleasure in being a couple no matter how different they are from the other couples.
Parents should know that the theme of homosexuality in this book might upset some readers which caused this book to be banned and challenged in many states, even though this book is trying to point out that even the most unlikely couple can create a beautiful family. Parents might want to talk to their children about how homosexuality is one of the most controversial issues discussed in society, but also discuss how the book was trying to promote a safe message about having a true family.
“And Tango Makes Three” is a truly beautiful and engaging book about accepting different families of different cultures. I would recommend this book to children ages five and up since the theme of homosexuality might upset some parents.
REASONS FOR BEING BANNED: For being anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. (Additional reasons): "promotes the homosexual agenda."