Lilly Del Pinto thought the book looked charming when her 5-year-old daughter brought it home in September. Del Pinto said she was halfway through reading it to her daughter “when the zookeeper said the two penguins must be in love. That’s when I ended the story.”
Del Pinto is speaking of the picture book “And Tango Makes Three,” which is based on the true story of two male penguins in a NYC zoo who adopted a fertilized egg and raised the chick as their own.
Apparently the idea that two male penguins could be in love is too much for some parents in Illinois to take, not just Del Pinto. They’re asking school administrators to move the book out of the children’s section and into a section for mature issues, some even advocating for parental permission before a child can check the book out.
Thankfully the school superintendent, Jennifer Filyaw, is not a robot, “My feeling is that a library is to serve an entire population. It means you represent different families in a society — different religions, different beliefs.”
Del Pinto goes on to say that she was merely asking “innocent” questions and wouldn’t advocate the book being censored. I say, haven’t we heard that before? The fact that any concerns were raised shows prejudice.
Source: Toronto Star (Thanks Geordie!)