A picture book about two male penguins raising a baby penguin is getting a chilly reception among some parents in [Shiloh, IL] who worry about the book’s availability to elementary students — and the reluctance of administrators to restrict access to it.
The concerns are the latest involving “And Tango Makes Three,” the illustrated children’s book based on a true story of two male penguins — Roy and Silo — in New York City’s Central Park Zoo who adopted a fertilized egg and raised the chick as their own.
Complaining about the book’s homosexual undertones, some parents of Shiloh Elementary School students believe the book — available to be checked out of the school’s library in this 11,000-resident town 20 miles east of St. Louis — tackles topics their young children aren’t ready to handle.
Their request: Move the book to the library’s regular shelves and restrict it to a section for mature issues, perhaps even requiring parental permission before their child can check it out.
At least for now, the district’s chief isn’t budging. Though a panel she appointed suggested the book be moved and require parental permission before it is checked out, Superintendent Jennifer Filyaw says “And Tango Makes Three” will stay put — at the advice of the district’s attorney, who says moving it might be legally challengeable censorship.
Filyaw considers the book “adorable” and age appropriate, written for children ages 4 to 8.
Is it objectionable to allow children to get their hands on this? Is being gay a learned behavior that can come from reading a book?
And how exactly can you tell that it’s a gay penguin anyway? Does it snap its fins in a half circle? Maybe wear some shoebooties and a D&G scarf?
*Really, people. Why is this a thing? I mean, come on already. Let folks live.