I’d like to welcome this weeks Guest Reviewer, Gina from Book Dragon’s Lair. Thank you!
“This tale based on a true story about a charming penguin family living in New York City’s Central Park Zoo will capture the hearts of penguin lovers everywhere. Roy and Silo, two male penguins, are “a little bit different.” They cuddle and share a nest like the other penguin couples, and when all the others start hatching eggs, they want to be parents, too. Determined and hopeful, they bring an egg-shaped rock back to their nest and proceed to start caring for it. They have little luck, until a watchful zookeeper decides they deserve a chance at having their own family and gives them an egg in need of nurturing.”
You can only assume that the pair stayed together through more than one breeding season, otherwise why would they try to hatch a rock. Only after seeing the boys try this, did the zookeeper help. He gave the pair an unhatched egg from another couple that did not do well when taking care of two eggs. He DID NOT take another couple’s egg from them, but instead relieved them of having to care for two eggs and possibly losing both.
Full color, short & simplistic, looks to be a bit bigger then legal size paper. I don’t know what kind of media happened during/after the hatching, but really, no matter what your view on this is, the penguins are together, the zookeeper did a good thing and baby Tango survived when maybe she would not have. We should not throw away our children (the egg) when there is another option for them.
Edited to add picture & publish info, “Wow, a comment already!”, and… This book is for my banned/challenged category of the 999 challenge. I picked it because it was a children’s book and I just love children’s books. The librarian my children had in elementary school would not have taken this out of the school library but she may have placed it with “penguin” instead of the picture books. Usually the kindergarten kids stayed with the picture books. This is what she did with a Holocaust picture book.