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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; New title edition (June 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689878451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689878459
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 3-This tale based on a true story about a charming penguin family living in New York City's Central Park Zoo will capture the hearts of penguin lovers everywhere. Roy and Silo, two male penguins, are "a little bit different." They cuddle and share a nest like the other penguin couples, and when all the others start hatching eggs, they want to be parents, too. Determined and hopeful, they bring an egg-shaped rock back to their nest and proceed to start caring for it. They have little luck, until a watchful zookeeper decides they deserve a chance at having their own family and gives them an egg in need of nurturing. The dedicated and enthusiastic fathers do a great job of hatching their funny and adorable daughter, and the three can still be seen at the zoo today. Done in soft watercolors, the illustrations set the tone for this uplifting story, and readers will find it hard to resist the penguins' comical expressions. The well-designed pages perfectly marry words and pictures, allowing readers to savor each illustration. An author's note provides more information about Roy, Silo, Tango, and other chinstrap penguins. This joyful story about the meaning of family is a must for any library.-Julie Roach, Watertown Free Public Library, MA
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*Starred Review* PreS-Gr. 2. Roy and Silo were "a little bit different" from the other male penguins: instead of noticing females, they noticed each other. Thus penguin chick Tango, hatched from a fertilized egg given to the pining, bewildered pair, came to be "the only penguin in the Central Park Zoo with two daddies." As told by Richardson and Parnell (a psychiatrist and playwright), this true story remains firmly within the bounds of the zoo's polar environment, as do Cole's expressive but still realistic watercolors (a far cry from his effete caricatures in Harvey Fierstein's The Sissy Duckling, 2002). Emphasizing the penguins' naturally ridiculous physiques while gently acknowledging their situation, Cole's pictures complement the perfectly cadenced text--showing, for example, the bewildered pair craning their necks toward a nest that was "nice, but a little empty." Indeed, intrusions from the zookeeper, who remarks that the nuzzling males "must be in love," strike the narrative's only false note. Further facts about the episode conclude, but it's naive to expect this will be read only as a zoo anecdote. However, those who share this with children will find themselves returning to it again and again--not for the entree it might offer to matters of human sexuality, but for the two irresistible birds at its center and for the celebration of patient, loving fathers who "knew just what to do." Jennifer Mattson
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniella Czudner on June 21 2009
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This is a beautiful story of a family that found each other through chance. A lesson of unconditional love, even when it looks a little different. My children loved Tango and his family of two dads.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Makizzo on Nov. 4 2010
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This is a great book, with detailed drawings and a real life storyline...
This story is quite simply about a family...a different family than most..but a family all the same..who want nothing more than to be happy...if you see it solely as a gay couple get an egg then truly you have missed the point...
Love comes in many forms and it comes without prejudice or the need for grandiose moments...
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This is an utterly charming book based on a true story and is perfect for introducing young children to the concept that 'family' can mean different combinations. In this case it is about two Dads and a youngster (Tango). And the drawings of the penguins are just delightful.
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What a wonderful true story this is. I enjoyed the wording, the pictures, and the general story from cover to cover. The true story included in the back was beautiful. I will be reading this to every class I have.
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I loved this book because it has a great message about accepting those who are different from everyone else.
It is a really nice story as well because their friendship and love is enhanced by a baby that would probably never
have occured without the help of someone who loved and accepted them. And best of all, it is a true story.
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By Ben Bullock on Oct. 31 2013
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I loved this children's book and would recommend it to others. I feel this book teaches children to be tolerant and kind to everyone.
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This is a story that can be read to a range of ages. I read it to my 2 and 4 year olds and they love it. I also read it to my Grade 5/6 class and we had a great discussion.
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