And Tango Makes Three

Book review by Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 4+

Touching love story of male penguins teaches acceptance.

Parents say

age 5+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 2+

Based on 3 reviews

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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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