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Free to Be You and Me
ISBN 0762403284 / 9780762403288 / 0-7624-0328-4Find This Book
Originally published in 1974, this spectacular collection of stories, songs, poems, and illustrations is packed with enough inspiration to span several generations. But be warned--if you are revisiting the delights held within these fuchsia covers, you may find it difficult to contain your glee. Recalling songs like "It's All Right to Cry" (sung by football star Rosie Greer on the original album), "Parents Are People," and of course, the titular "Free to Be... You and Me," may inspire irrepressible crooning.
This wondrous collection was created by Marlo Thomas and contains introductions by Gloria Steinem and Letty Cottin Pogrebin, stories and poems by Shel Silverstein, Judy Blume, Carl Reiner, Charlotte Zolotow, and Judith Viorst, among others, and an afterward by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. With such stellar contributors, it's not surprising that Free to Be... You and Me has won critical acclaim since its publication. The Los Angeles Times notes that it "challenged racial, sexist, and economic stereotypes for children ... became a beloved national bestseller--and made it okay for boys to have dolls and girls to be good at sports." The Washington Post has called it "an immensely diverse and imaginatively arranged collection," while the New York Times Book Review deemed it "a positive, refreshing book for children and adults that tells you not who you should be ... but who you can be." Indeed, the concepts espoused by this book go beyond what is glibly referred to as "politically correct," and offer a simple, hopeful vision for humanity.
This reissue will appeal to people of all ages--those who remember reading it to their children and grandchildren in the 1970s, those who have fond memories of growing up with this book close at hand, and those who are exploring its illuminating content for the first time. Enjoy, one and all. [via]