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The true story of Roy and Silo

  • Jun 18, 2010
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To have a book placed on the banned and challenged book list, one would think that the book needs to have some untruths or perceived evil within, but And Tango Makes Three made that list.

Written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, this children's book is about two Chinstrap Penguins at the Central Park Zoo. Based on a true story, Roy and Silo, two male penguins, began spending more and more time together and even pretended to hatch an egg (which was actually a rock) together.  The zookeepers gave them a real egg from a pair of penguins who were unable to care for it.  Roy and Silo took care of the egg and together helped raise the baby penguin, named Tango.  

Being a fan of animals and nature, I love this book.  It shows that homosexuality does occur in nature and is an argument against homophobia.  As for children, this book is a true story about real penguins in New York City who happen to both be male and end up caring for a baby penguin together.  It is a story about a different kind of family and it's important to teach children about all kinds of families and diversity.

The illustrations are done by Henry Cole
The true story of Roy and Silo

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Author: Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Genre: Children's Literature
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Date Published: April 26, 2005
ISBN: 0689878451
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