Banned Books Week: And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

The American Library Association has found that the same book was the country's single most frequently banned or challenged work in 2006, 2007, and 2008, and was number two in 2009. You may be surprised by its identity. It has no graphic sex or violence. It has no strong language. It does not deal directly with politics. In fact, it's a picture book. A picture book about penguins.

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So why all the hullabaloo over a sweet little story about adorable animals? It's inspired by the true story of two male penguins at the Central Park Zoo who built a nest and hatched a chick together. Children's books about homosexuality, even when entirely devoid of actual sex, tend to upset more people more deeply than similarly-themed books for adults; such books add an additional layer of concern about whether the subject is age-appropriate. Tango is even more controversial than other books of its kind because it portrays homosexuality as a natural and normal way of creating a loving family, and does not address the many surrounding political, social, religious, and personal conflicts. Rather than becoming an issue piece which focuses on the parents' sexuality, the story simply accepts that love, not gender, is what matters in raising a healthy and well-adjusted child.

Sometimes acceptance and tolerance can be even more controversial than conflict. Check catalog for availability.

Submitted by Audrey @ Central

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