Today Caramel picked a sweet real-life story of two chinstrap penguins revolving around themes of family and love to share with the Book Bunnies Blog readers. Below he discusses And Tango Makes Three, written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson, and illustrated by Henry Cole. Sprinkles is taking notes and asking questions, as always.
Sprinkles: So Caramel, what do you want to tell us about this book?
Caramel: It’s a good book. A really good book. It’s about two penguins who are both boys, and they have a baby together.
S: How does that happen?
C: The zoo keeper gives them an egg. He puts it into their nest. Then they put it in the middle. Every day they turn it, so then all sides get warm. They take turns sitting on the egg.
S: Then what happens?
C: The egg hatches. It then grows strong enough to leave the nest. Then they take their baby to the water to swim.
S: And the zoo guests cheer them on, right?
S: We have seen penguins at zoos, right?
C: I think so. I think at least once.
S: They are fun to watch. They waddle and dive into the water, and jump out.
C: Yes! They go “weeeeee!”
S: Did you know that this is based on a real story?
C: I didn’t know when I read the book. But then we read together the Wikipedia entry on the book and I learned.
S: Yes, apparently the story is based on two real penguins, named Roy and Silo, like in the book, and their adopted child, Tango.
C: Yes, and Tango makes three! Roy and Silo are two, and then plus Tango makes three.
S: That’s why they named the book that, right? Can you think of another name for the book?
C: No. I think the name of the book is just perfect.
S: I agree. What else do you want to tell us about the book?
C: If you like penguins, this is a really good book!
S: And we love penguins! We have reviewed several books about them before!
C: I didn’t know it was nonfiction before we read more about it on Wikipedia.
S: Does that change your opinion of the book?
C: It makes me like it more. I like real stuff. I also love real penguins!
S: Would you have liked to have received a penguin in the mail like Mr. Popper did in the book Marshmallow reviewed a few days ago?
C: If it listened to me, yes. And it shouldn’t smash me, they can be heavy you know.
S: Oh yes, apparently an emperor penguin can be as heavy as 99 pounds! But chinstrap penguins are much lighter. Wikipedia says they usually weigh around 7 to 10 pounds.
C: Ok, then I could like a chinstrap penguin. But I’d not want it to peck me.
S: Yes, that could possibly hurt. But they are so cute, aren’t they?
C: They’re adorable, especially when they are babies. Grownups are still adorable too.
S: I am thinking it is time for us to wrap up our review Caramel. Will you say your last words as usual?
C: Of course! Stay tuned for more book bunnies adventures!