And Tango Makes Three (Gay Themed Children's Book)
Gay penguins have no place in our libraries, say parents
And Tango Makes Three is a picture book based on the true story of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who raised a chick together. Published in , the book has been consistently challenged for years. Were you surprised to learn that this book had been challenged? Any book that has any type of social situation where it might be different than your own has the potential to be challenged. Why did you want to teach it?
In the event, the story of two male penguins who bring up a chick, which Richardson co-wrote with the playwright Peter Parnell, generated more heat than its authors perhaps anticipated. In , it shot to the top of the American Library Association's ALA list of most frequently challenged books as people across the country objected to the idea of such a tale being aimed at children of its target age group of between four and eight, provoking protests in Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Iowa and Indiana. But this was not a tale: it was, in fact, inspired by a newspaper article, which told how a zookeeper noticed two of his penguins, Roy and Silo, were trying to hatch a stone.
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By Kat Brown. Love is rarely black or white, and certainly not in the US, where a year-old book about two male penguins raising a baby continues to cause a furore for "promoting a homosexual agenda". Since , And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, has been a fixture on the American Library Association's list of books that have had written requests submitted by parents and educators asking for their removal from libraries or schools. When another penguin couple had an extra egg that they couldn't look after, a zookeeper gave the egg to Roy and Silo who were nurturing an egg-shaped rock at the time, and they raised a daughter, called Tango. The book, which has been used in schools to teach about tolerance and different sorts of relationships, celebrates its 10th anniversary on June 2. Sadly Roy and Silo did not enjoy the same longevity, and Silo subsequently took up with a female penguin named Scrappy. The book has caused a minor stir in the UK as well.