here first. until we are there.

revert to type.

to borrow manong’s phrase. had a massive conversaton with him and wanted to chew on it for a while (emotional eater, yes?) found this instead.

CHILDREN’S ANIMAL STORY IS RISKY READING
by: neni sta. romana cruz

MANILA, Philippines – Although it has been given the Henry Bergh Children’s Book Award or gold-medal seal by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, “And Tango Makes Three (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005) is more than your regular animal story. It deals with friendship, family and alternative lifestyles.

Written by Dr. Justin Richardson, assistant professor of psychiatry at Columbia and Cornell and co-author of “Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask),” and playwright Peter Parnell, it is a story told with much tenderness and subtlety.

(It caught my eye at the Harvard’s Coop Bookstore in autumn last year because it was in a special section for “challenged children’s books,” “challenged” being the politically correct term for banned titles or those incurring that risk.)

And thankfully for that controversy and everyone’s initial bewilderment at how an animal story could offend sensibilities, the book has been selling well.

Set in the Central Park Zoo in New York, the family in the story refers to all the families who visit as well as inhabit the zoo, such as “monkey dads and monkey moms raising noisy monkey babies.”

Sexuality is gently introduced with the information that at the same time each year, “the girl penguins start noticing the boy penguins.” And when they find the right partner, they go on to become a couple.

In love

However, two male penguins named Roy and Silo, are different from the rest. They do not spend much time with the girl penguins and do everything together, singing, walking, swimming.

They are even seen tenderly winding their necks around each other, prompting their caring and sensitive keeper, Mister Gramzay, to say, “They must be in love.”

It’s the keeper who also observes how Roy and Silo try to imitate the other penguin mothers who sit on their nests to hatch their eggs, or what look like ordinary rocks to the two.

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and honestly, i’m not sure to trust it. read the article. how does anyone gently introduce sexuality?

i hope the art’s good though, and that it’s a good story too.

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One response

  1. why gay penguins? is it because they’re such snappy dressers? why not gay swordfish so we can get the metaphor out there?or! what about lesbian oysters. They can do the whole scissors thing, you know?or… ETO NA: GAY SWALLOWS. it just writes itself from there.

    April 8, 2008 at 10:18 am

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