And Tango Makes Three

Episode #5

And Tango Makes Three

Written by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

Illustrated by Henry Cole

Read with Permission By

Eric Simonoff, Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, and Henry Cole.


Penguins, Zoos, LGBT, Adoption, Friendship, Family.


5 – 8 years


“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 got the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.”

Teaching Tips

Great for any age or time of day! This book does it all for you. The illustrations are outstanding. It’s based on a true story. The narrative has excellent pacing—and (considering the book’s original publication date) it addresses social concepts not widely accepted as they are today.

Many of the students I worked with had two moms or two dads. There wasn’t so much as a single question or comment about the penguin’s relationship, however, I felt ready if one of them brought it up. Since no one did, I didn’t either, and instead, I asked questions like:

  • How do you think Roy and Silo might feel?
  • Why do you think they might feel that way?
  • What do you think is inside the egg?

After enough time passed for questions and answers, I directed the conversation towards recognizing the people who love and help to take care of us, no matter who they are.

Activity Ideas

Use black and white construction paper to make cutout penguins.

Make snow cones, popsicles, or slushies.

Use molding clay to make eggs or penguins, they can paint.

Have a snow party! Make cutout snowflakes, snow angels, and turn on the bubble machine.

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