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And Tango Makes Three

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Touching love story of male penguins teaches acceptance.

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age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Controversy for all the wrong reasons

This book consistently garners reviews from angry people who insist that it's about gay penguins. I also frequently see them getting their facts wrong. The two male penguins wanting to raise a chick together is NOT uncommon, nor were they somehow made to do it. Yes they were broken up as a pair later, by more aggressive penguins. Nevermind...this is not about "gay" penguins at all, but about showing children that there are many different kinds of families out there; do you really want your kids being the bullies who gawk and point? I'm sure the author thought this was safe material since it's a TRUE STORY that drew much positive attention, but some people just can't get past their own insistence on making everything political.

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age 5+

Excellent book about families

This book is an excellent choice for helping explain the diverse make-up of families today. It provides an age appropriate story that illustrates tolerance and how a family is based in love and caring.

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This heartwarming story underscores the universal way families form around love and shows that some families who can't have babies of their own adopt. All this is told through delicate watercolor renderings that show zoo life as happy and content -- and animal love that's as sweet as human love.

Its powerful message of acceptance will help readers see that though families may look very different form one another, they share the same basic goals and bonds and that communities help kids and families thrive. Families may want to use AND TANGO MAKES THREE to introduce the concept of same-sex relationships in an age-appropriate way.

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