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And Tango Makes Three

by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Illustrated by Henry Cole

Published by Simon & Schuster, 2005
32 pages
ISBN: 0-689-87845-1

Ages 3-6

Just in time for Fathers Day comes a groundbreaking picture book based on the true story of a penguin chick being raised by two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo. Back in 1998, workers at the zoo noticed that two male penguins, Roy and Silo, had become a couple. They did all of the things that pairs of male and female penguins typically did – building a nest together, sleeping together, and spending all of their time with each other. When zookeeper Rob Gramzay observed that the two were sitting on an egg-shaped rock, he got an idea: he took an abandoned fertilized egg and placed it in Roy and Silo’s nest. The two took turns sitting on the egg until it hatched, and then they shared responsibility for taking care of the chick, named Tango by Gramzay. The straightforward simplicity of the narrative lends an understated eloquence to the story, which wisely refrains from humanizing the penguins. Henry Cole’s subtle use of ice blue contrasts nicely with the requisite predominance of black and white, and his shifting perspectives underscore the drama inherent in the story. The book concludes with an authors’ note that provides some additional information about the key players. (KTH) ©2005 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

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