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Stories for Free Children (Mcgraw-Hill Paperbacks) Paperback – September, 1983


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Product Details

  • Series: Mcgraw-Hill Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill; 1st pbk. ed edition (September 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070503982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070503984
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,523,450 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book belonged to my older sister when we were growing up in the 80's. I had no concept of feminism or discrimination at the time. I just loved the stories and read the entire book over and over again. The whole book is fun, funny, and non- preachy. As a kid, I liked the illustrations and the fun role models-- again, this was way before I even knew of the concept of "role models". It's a great thing to have around for kids to teach them values without smacking them over the head with Important Lessons.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Compiled by a founding editor of Ms. Magazine, this book is a refreshing alternative to the mass market pap that passes for children's literature today. This collection includes the classic "Ira Sleeps Over" and the original version of Toni and Slade Morrison's "The Big Box." You'll also find tons of poetry, illustrations, fables, and historical pieces.
While loosely related to the album "Free to Be--You and Me," this book is probably best enjoyed by a slightly older age group--eight to early teens or so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SpiderGrrl on May 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a young girl, I taught myself to read from 45prm read-alongs, and later longer books.... I'm now an attorney, and *almost* had a second major in folklore and comparative mythology.... credentials over with:

My aunt bought me this book when I was about 10yrs old. At the time, I didn't know what sexism or activism or gay or straight or civil rights or social equality were about... but I just really *enjoyed* this book and its message of freedom and being one's *self*, no matter what that was....

A VORACIOUS reader when I was young, my family bought me many books... my Aunt bought me Nancy Drew, The Children's Encyclopedia, and 14,000 Things to Be Happy About.... she also bought me this one. To this day, 25 years later, I remember this book, especially the story "The Princess Who Stood on Her Own Two Feet..." I agree with other reviewers: non-preachy, non-sexed, non-gendered -- just about quiet empowerment, the kind you feel as a kid, and keep forever...

Bravo to the editors of this collection of kids' stories, and my aunt, for simply providing a strong, quiet, and lasting viewpoint so lacking in so many children's stories.... and believe me, I've read them all!!

*Any* child will benefit.... so will you....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Quinn E. Gorges on February 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
I loved this book as a kid. I still love it. Beautiful writing, illustrations, and really positive content make this book a wonderful addition to any child or adult's library.
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Dated, disappointing

I remember growing up in the 70s and early 80s. My mother was an ardent feminist, a card-carrying member of NOW and the American Association of University Women. My brother and I grew up on Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and Free to Be You and Me. We played with mostly gender-neutral toys and we were taught that boys and girls could each do anything they wanted. My mother was the first to greet the black family that moved in next door, and when I made friends with two Saudi Arabian girls in second grade, she couldn't decide between being happy for my multi-cultural exposure, or being worried about my exposure to the concept of arranged marriages. This world of possibility, empowerment and hope for the future was the air I breathed and the world I took for granted.

Somehow, we seem to have advanced so far from those days that we almost seem to be in danger of coming full circle. We've forgotten the fight that it took to get where we got, and instead, we take advances in race and gender relations and equality for granted. Because we're blind to where we came from, it seems all too easy to whisk progress right out from under our noses and even get general consent for the change. Four-inch stiletto heels are the new "feminism". Talking about race, especially pointing out racial injustice and bias, is the new "racism". A willfully ignorant, trash talking female WWE wannabe is nominated as a vice presidential candidate and we are all supposed to cheer for the progress in women's equality.

Now that I'm a parent myself (my daughters are four and six years old), I find myself yearning for the days I grew up in.
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