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And Tango Makes Three

Last updated Monday, February 22, 2016

Author: Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
Illustrator: Henry Cole
Date of Publication: 2005
ISBN: 0689878451
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2015

Synopsis: And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family.

At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

Note to readers:
•  Read the authors note at the end of the book about this story.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What is the animal on the front of the book? Have you ever seen a penguin?
•  Who do you think Tango is?

•  Fertile- able to produce children, able to grow or develop, like an egg

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Where is the Central Park zoo?
•  Where can you see penguins in LA? (LA zoo, Aquarium of the Pacific)
•  What kinds of families live in the zoo?
•  What was Roy's and Silo's nest made of?
•  What is different about this penguin family?
•  What kind of penguins are these? (Chinstrap penguins)

Craft ideas:
•  Make your own paper plate penguin. http://huppiemama.com/paper-plate-penguin/
•  Make a penguin out of construction paper: http://www.kolcraft.com/blog/winter-craft-for-your-child/
•  Draw a picture of your family.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!