- 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: 11 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,221,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stories for Free Children (Mcgraw-Hill Paperbacks) Paperback – September, 1983
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had this book growing up, and it's still just as relevant as it was in the 1980s.Published 19 months ago by Jessica
I had a great time reading these stories to my daughters, and they really enjoyed them as well. Some were a bit over their heads at 3 and 5, but we'll get to those later.Published on May 29, 2013 by Elizabeth