For the second year in a row, a children's book about two male penguins who adopt and nurture a baby as their own is the most objectionable tome in America.
And Tango Makes Three was published in 2005 and first landed at the top of the American Library Association's list of most challenged books in 2006. The illustrated tale is making headlines again as it leads 2007's list, which is compiled based on the number of formal library complaints filed.
The most fascinating part of this outrage: The book is based on the true story of two male chinstrap penguins, Roy and Silo, who successfully hatched the egg of a baby chick, Tango. Keepers at the pair's home, the Central Park Zoo, observed them behaving as a heterosexual penguin couple, and Roy and Silo also ignored any advances from female penguins, who were generally disinterested in them anyway.
Objectors generally complained the book might show young children that a gay lifestyle is acceptable, an idea with which those filing, of course, disagree, an ALA rep told the AP.