Book Review: And Tango Makes Three

By Kayla Rochelle January 25, 2022

Recommended for Ages 4-8 years old

My daughter and I are lucky enough to visit Central Park Zoo often so when I heard there was a book about some of the animals currently living at the zoo, I had to get it from the library right away. I may have anticipated a cute little story about a penguin, but instead, I got an important message on all of the ways a family becomes a family. In ‘And Tango Makes Three’, by Justin Richardson & Peter Parnell, an attentive zookeeper notices that two male penguins, Roy and Silo seemed a little different than all of the other penguins. They prefer the company of each other, and much like all penguins, they both wanted an egg to raise of their own. I love using picture books to show my daughter how big, beautiful and diverse the world is. I’m often choosing books for us to reach that may contain ‘big kid ideas’ conversations. I firmly believe that conversations, don’t have to become conversations when the ideas in them are already a part of our children’s world. This book is a beautiful story that shows my daughter that love is what makes a family. Sweet Tango still lives with her dad at the CP Zoo in the penguin house, and this summer you’ll find us there often paying a visit to the cutest little penguin family on the block.  

Kayla is a wife, mother and beach-loving book reader. She's a family photographer over at Kayla Rochelle Photography, and organizer of the Facebook group, Little One’s Literary Review. Her love of good books started as a child and only grew with the birth of her own daughters. Kayla's got an undying love of children's books with gorgeous illustrations and moral lessons. 

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