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Not a pooch, but a penguin! Will Shiloh like it?

And Tango Makes Three
By Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Illustrated by Henry Cole
Shiloh’s Rating: Four paws

Bowser wowser, so many great books about animals! This one is not about a dog, but And Tango Make Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell is just so terrific I can make an exception! This book is based on a true story set in the Central Park Zoo. That’s in New York City, and the zoo is filled with all kinds of animal families, like red pandas, monkeys, and toucans! And there’s also penguins, which is what this story is about.

So the penguin families are usually a boy and a girl, except for this penguin family, which has two boys. Their names are Roy and Silo (that’s kind of like my name!) and they love each other. They walk together, sing together, swim together, even build a nest together. But the one thing they can’t do is have an egg together, like the rest of the penguin couples. I felt really sorry for them.

Don’t worry though -spoiler alert- it’s a happy ending! The zookeeper in charge of the penguins, Mr. Gramzay, helps find a penguin egg with no family, so Roy and Silo take care of it and one day…
“Peep, peep, peep.”
Out pops a baby penguin! Her name is Tango, and Roy and Silo are the best dads she could ask for. They do everything together, just like the other penguin families. Their story even inspired other penguin families like Roy and Silo in other zoos to adopt eggs. Isn’t that neat?

I give this book four paws, even without a dog, because baby Tango is just so cute, and she’s got a great pair of parents! Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell do a great job telling the story, and Henry Cole’s illustrations are so fun to look at. Check out And Tango Makes Three right here at the Charles Town Library!


Parents: And Tango Makes Three is based on the true story of Roy and Silo and their baby Tango. It was adapted into a story by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, and their story really did inspire other zoos to help other penguin couples adopt eggs if they couldn’t have their own. This book is a great introduction to topics such as adoption, families, and the LGBTQ+ community. Find out more about Justin Richardson here: https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Justin-Richardson/27409275; Peter Parnell here: https://www.simonandschuster.com/authors/Peter-Parnell/707666; and Henry Cole here: https://www.henrycole.net/main.php.

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