We went to the library today to get some books for the kids to read. I picked up a few books on penguins. Story books and references to finish up filling in the static content for this site were my main objectives. I was pleasantly surprised to find And Tango Makes Three was available. I added that one to my stack without hesitation as I have been wanting to read it after hearing all of the hubbub about it. I read it this afternoon and I liked it. The theme of this book is definitely centered around families.
Despite what those crazy school officials think, I think Tango opens up the discussion of how families can be different and non-traditional. The tale of Tango sends a message that children can be raised properly in non-traditional homes. Of course it does depend on the specific situation, but the general consensus should be that a mother/father/child relationship does not have to be the end-all solution to giving proper love to a child. Just remember My Two Dads & Three Men and a Baby. If you’ve jumped to the conclusion that this book actually promotes homosexuality, you’ve either missed the point or haven’t even read the book. Two flippers up, if I had them.
“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…Readers may find its them of acceptance even more convincing for being delivered in such a matter of fact, non — preachy way.”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review