We finally got our copy of And Tango Makes Three in the mail today! I really love this story. For those who don’t know – it’s based on a true story about two boy penguins at Central Park Zoo who love each other (not interested in girl penguins) and raise a baby girl penguin named “Tango” – and together they make a family. The emphasis is on the idea that families are families are families… no matter how we’re made up.
My mom was over at our house when the book came in the mail, and I told her about the book and how it’s been banned/challenged by concerned parents. She asked, concerned: “So why did you get this book for Sammy? What if he thinks two boys can make a family?” My answer: “Mom, two boys can make a family. Besides, Sammy’s going to meet friends who have different families – single parents, biracial parents, gay parents, adopted kids and so on – and I just want him to be aware of them and be accepting of them.” It’s probably a good thing Sammy distracted us and we stopped the conversation at that point.
Needless to say, Sammy loved the story. I mean, it’s about penguins : What’s not to like?