My god daughter Aislinn opening up her xmass gift. I got her the most banned book of 2008
--a kids book titled "And Tango Makes Three." It's about penguins, and the story is really cute. Tango came from an orphan egg, hatched by two male penguins who had built a nest, and were trying to hatch an egg. Both being male, there was no egg. So they nursed a rock that resembled an egg. When the zoo keeper gave them Tango's egg, they took turns looking after it, hatched it, and raised the baby chick. That, with illustrations of penguins, is pretty much the whole story.
I first herd of the book in a banned book reading at my school. I loved the story decided my god daughter needed some dissident material in her reading library. She didn't seem to have any odd reactions at all, which I figured would be the case. But I think that's the point: there isn't anything unusual about it. If people never see something growing up, they might think it'd odd the first time they are exposed to it, or beleive it's odd if someone tells them it is. However, if you grow up around something that is a social taboo, you are more likely not to find it all that weird when you get older. I grew up a vegetarian. Latter in life I saw people going vegetarian or vegan as a way to make a statement. That statement didn't seem too radical to me--I had done the vegetarian thing for around 16 years. There were some people though giving up meat was a huge lifestyle change, and one that would be difficult to make.