In the zoo there are all kinds of animal families. But Tango's family is not like any of the others. Find out why in this book suitable for preschool to grade three.
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Well loved penguin
Giving an unusual "couple" a chance to have what most couples want. A family. I teared up when the egg hatched, and how diligent they were with taking care of Tango.
His enthusiastic voice and slow reading is perfect for kids to think about what he is saying as he reads the book aloud. I enjoyed the book myself as an adult as well as the kids.
Cry, maybe... I got teary towards the end only because it's a beautiful story. I love that it's a true story, and I feel this book really does help children understand today's society and how some kids might have two parents of the same gender. It was sweet that the care taker let them have an egg, and they were so diligent sitting on that egg and caring for it together.
Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane. Reviewer at BiblioSanctum.
I bought this from Audible to listen to with my children yesterday, but we're just getting around to it today. This is the fictionalized true account of two male penguins, Roy and Silo, who live in the Central Park Zoo. A brief history of these two penguins included them partaking in non-sexual mating habits. They'd wanted a chick and had been observed trying to steal the eggs of other couples (not mentioned in the book, obviously,) until the zookeepers finally gave them the egg of a couple who had never been able to raise more than one chick at a time.
From this egg, which Silo and Roy cared for from came Tango. The story doesn't go into all that details, but it presents the story of Silo, Roy, and Tango in a way that was understandable and reinforced that families have various makeups and that families that don't fit the "traditional standard" can be happy and healthy.
More trivia (not presented in this book) Tango actually grew up to take a female partner herself. Roy and Silo ended up separating (I believe this was a decision of the zookeepers due to dwindling numbers). Silo ended up with a female partner, and Roy began living with a group of single male penguins.
Neil Patrick Harris was a wonderful narrator. My kids really enjoyed his reading of this book. My daughter called it "cute." The only problem my children had with the book, well actually my daughter, was that she didn't get to look at the pictures since we listened to this on audio, so I ended up having to get the book for her and all was well in the world.
I can not imagine not absolutely loving this book! This story chooses love over judgement! Thank you for sharing this sweet story with the world... And thank you Neil for the great narration.
Sweet story about a non traditional family. All they needed was a chance to show they could be a family and the zoo gave them that chance. A nice way to slow kids that loving families come in all shapes and sizes. Neil Patrick Harris is a great narrator. He should narrate more children's books!
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