Friday, June 26, 2015


It's the Tenth Anniversary Edition of one of my favorite picture books of all time, AND TANGO MAKES THREE.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, Illustrated by Henry Cole

The true – and heartwarming – story of two boy penguins, Roy and Silo, who fall in love with each other. They see what all the other boy-girl penguin pairs are doing (sitting on and hatching eggs) and so Roy and Silo try to hatch a rock that looks a bit like an egg.

They sit and sit and sit, but nothing happens. After all, it's a rock.

But when there is an extra penguin egg that has no one to care for it, the zookeeper gives the egg to Roy and Silo. And they know just what to do.

They sit and sit and sit, and this time, something happens.

They become parents.

And their child, their Tango, is the first penguin in the New York City Central Park Zoo to have two daddies.

It's a book that's been vilified (at the top of the banned books list, destroyed in Singapore.)

It's a book that's been championed (so many people standing up for the book, hundreds of parents staging a read-in at the Singapore National Library.)

It's a book with a special place in my heart, as it helped my husband and I talk to the mom-dad families at our daughter's preschool and kindergarten about our two dad family.

And it's a book that's extra sweet now, as the afterword shares that the co-authors, Peter and Justin, are now parents themselves. And their daughter, like Tango, has two dads.

Additional news about And Tango Makes Three... Simon & Schuster are also publishing a board book edition, an audio digital download (read by Neil Patrick Harris), a book and CD package, and they are adding the audio track to the existing e-book!

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