This is the fourth-most challenged and/or banned book from the decade 2000-2009. Clearly, many are uncomfortable with this book because it shows that sometimes an animal may choose a mate of the same sex. I believe that parents should have the right to choose which books are inappropriate for their children, but I don’t think that any parent has the right to say which books are inappropriate for all children. I think a book like this could teach critical lessons in tolerance and celebrating diversity.
Controversy aside, this is a lovely story. Roy and Silo, two male penguins, bond with each other and try to hatch several rocks. Naturally, this fails. When another couple has one too many eggs to take care of, a zookeeper gives Roy and Silo the extra egg. They care for it until Tango, their baby, hatches. This really did happen at Central Park Zoo (in NYC). The story was co-written by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson; it was illustrated by Henry Cole.