Free to Be You and Me
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Watching this movie in Mrs. Hammond's 3rd grade class was eye-opening. It taught me that it was okay to cry about things and to talk about how I feel to family, friends, and bullies. I am definitely going to buy this DVD for my 15 month old son and his 1 month old twin sisters so they can enjoy it.
Oh, and the scenes with the baby puppets (a boy and a girl who teach kids about the differences and similarities between girls and boys) are must see--believe me. The scenes are extremely funny--I laugh just thinking about them--and are great for little kids and for dispelling some common social conceptions and misconceptions about gender & gender equality.
This program will re-enforce the lessons my husband and I are trying to teach our kids--epecially since we are a multi-racial family who speaks 3 languages at home and travels between our two homes. DO BUY THIS DVD when it becomes available.
WARNING: This program teaches children to love themselves and respect others and we all know how threatening and subversive those values are! Quick run back to the cave and hide! The sky is falling!!
If you believe little boys playing with dolls is sick and threatens their development, then you won't like this program. If you think it's subservise propaganda to tell little girls it's okay for them to be smart and strong, then you won't like this program either. On the other hand, if you are a nurturing parent and some of your goals include teaching your child to have a sense of self, to respect humanity's differences (gasp!) and to empower (double gasp!) them to reach for the stars, then you'll enjoy sharing this program with your kids.
But I certainly still had the songs in my head (my record was played daily) as well as the ideas, and these I wanted to share with my son. So, I bought the book and the CD and the DVD, all to make certain my son knows he is free to be, darn-tootin'.
The DVD, however, has turned out to be somewhat of a letdown. As another reviewer wrote, it is dated. I can't see this show, in 2004, as the most effective vehicle to transport the message to little Sam. As for Mommy, I prefer to sing along with the CD, allowing my son to listen to what he's hearing and not get lost in (or perhaps bored by) what he's seeing on screen.
Somewhere on Amazon I read that the show was developed in response to the success of the record. This reassures me that the content is well-carried without the visuals.
Feel free to profit from my over-enthusiasm - I watched the DVD once after it arrived and probably won't again. And in Sam's book, the Free to Be DVD probably earns 4 stars, but ranks rather at the bottom of his must-see-for-the-43rd-time list.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this concept for teaching childern.
I bought a record of this for the 1st time in 1979. Now, these are for my grandchildren.
I loved this show as a kid and find it to be a great movie for my son as well.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have been loving this program since it came out, and have given a copy to my Granddaughter and Great-Granddaughter!Published 4 months ago by gunnsouth
Just as timely now as it was in the 70s - my grandchildren loved it!Published 5 months ago by Joanne Brown
Came as described, a very good movie, very positive messages with a diverse cast, messages are well conveyed, and it's good to have around if there's a young child in the house.Published 6 months ago by Ignatius Amaya
Bought this for my niece but I think I have enjoyed is more than she has. Brings back so many memories from my own childhood.Published 6 months ago by Qwirky MIzz
This is great! We wish there was a modern update, but it is still very relevant lessons about gender stereotypes. Good diversity too.Published 8 months ago by Madamechair
Awesome video. Great for my niece to learn it's ok to be whoever she is.Published 8 months ago by Cory Johns
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