This picture book was the most challenged book of 2006, 2007 & 2008, according to the American Library Association.
Written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell And Tango Makes Three is the story of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who fall in love and raise a chick.
It has been banned for being "anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group"
The charge of being "anti-ethnic" is ridiculous as the book doesn't deal with ethnicity at all. It is the complete opposite of "anti-family", nor does it have a religious viewpoint. The language and handling of the subject are entirely within the comprehension level of a Kindergartner & it isn't about sex or sexual acts.
And Tango Makes Three is based on a true story. Two male penguins in the Central Park zoo did become a couple and raised a chick named Tango. They were together 6 years & then one went for a female.
Apparently, he was bisexual.
But the point is that Tango, the little penguin, was raised by two males. It's a sweet little family story- the illustrations are cute. Perfect for children who are adopted, particularly if they are adopted by a gay couple. The reason why I feel it is important to have it available on the shelves is because I know children pick on the children of same sex couples.
I think this book could go a long way toward fighting this kind of bullying.
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