And Tango Makes Three: Justin Richardson and Peter Parnall


And Tango Makes Three

Author: Justin Richardson and Peter Parnall
Illustrator: Henry Cole
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Year: 2005
Brief Summary: Two male penguins at New York City’s Central Park Zoo adopt an egg and care for it like their own.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Henry Bergh Children”s Book Award, 2005′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Fiction Environment and Ecology’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Lambda Literary Award, 2005′ ‘ Finalist’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Sheffield Children”s Book Award, 2008′ ‘ Shortlist’ ‘ Picture Book’ ‘ United Kingdom’ ” ‘
Storytelling World Award, 2006′ ‘ Honor Book’ ‘ Stories for  Pre-Adolescent Listeners’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2005 ; Bank Street College of Education
Book Sense Kid’s Picks, Fall 2005 ; American Booksellers Association
Booklist Book Review Stars , May 15, 2005 ; American Library Association
Capitol Choices, 2006 ; The Capitol Choices Committee
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Choices, 2006 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Kirkus Book Review Stars, June 1, 2005
Notable Children’s Books, 2006 ; ALSC American Library Association
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2006 ; National Council for the Social Studies NCSS
Publishers Weekly Book Review Stars, May 16, 2005 ; Cahners
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, July 2005 ; Cahners

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • ***Due to nature/theme of this book, librarians/teachers might want to seek permission from school or parents before adding this to the collection, putting it in circulation, using this book in class, etc.  Might meet with lots of challenge depending on type of community you are in.
  • Discuss families — what makes a family?  Unconventional/non-traditional families: single-parents, divorced, blended families, LGBT parents, etc.  Have students write about their families and what make them unique/special.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Vancouver Public Library, bookstores


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