The children's book "And Tango Makes Three" makes parents the most mad for the third year in a row.
Penguins Roy and Silo and their daughter, Tango, of the award-winning book "And Tango Makes Three" shouldn't stress about making the American Library Association's annual most-challenged books list. They're in good company. In fact, celebrated children's author Judy Blume has five titles on the "100 Most Frequently Challenged Books" list.
To be a "challenged" book means it received the most hate mail, and "And Tango Makes Three," by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, has plenty. What's irking some parents is the glorification of the non-traditional family, the equivalent of the sitcom "My Two Dads," only with gay penguins.
The story, however, is true. Roy and Silo, two chinstrap penguins that reside in New York's Central Park, became at one time an inseparable couple. The zookeepers observed the pair desperately trying to hatch a rock and gave them a real egg instead. The result was the birth of a baby chick that zookeepers named Tango. Alas, their union, like many heterosexual marriages, ended after their baby chick was raised.
Dana Rudolph, founder of Mombian.com, an award-winning LGBT website, says that many parents object to books depicting same-sex marriage because they think it contains references to sexuality. "This is wrong," says Rudolph. "One never needs to mention sex in order to teach young children that there are many types of families, including those with a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, a single parent, adoptive and birth parents, or parents of different races."
Would you object to your children reading "And Tango Makes Three"?