Free to Be...You and Me

Free to Be...You and Me

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This is the book we all know and love by Marlo Thomas and her friends—brought to new life with brand new illustrations to captivate and inspire a new generation of readers on a journey of the heart. Whether you are opening Free to Be . . . You and Me for the first time or the one hundredth time you will be engaged and transformed by this newly beautifully illustrated compilation of inspirational stories, songs, and poems. The sentiments of thirty-five years ago are as relevant today as when this book was published. Celebrating individuality and challenging stereotypes empowers both children and adults with the freedom to be who they want to be and to have compassion and empathy for others who may be different. Working closely with Marlo and co-creator Carole Hart, Peter H. Reynolds, the New York Times Best Selling Children’s Book Author/Illustrator, conjured his whimsical drawings throughout the book bringing a new sense of unity and warmth to the pages. You will find yourself marveling at the illustrations, nodding in agreement with the stories and poems, and singing the words to all the classic songs! It is wonderful that the thoughts, ideas, and emotions the creators envisioned so many years ago can still have a magical effect on children today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762430604
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2008
Edition description: Book and CD
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 180,215
Product dimensions: 8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 3 - 18 Years

About the Author

Marlo Thomas is an award-winning actress who burst onto the Hollywood scene and gained acclaim for her role as Ann Marie on That Girl, a part for which she earned a Golden Globe® and four Emmy® nominations. Thomas is also known for her numerous publications and recordings. She conceived the New York Times best-selling book Free to Be…You and Me, which inspired a CD recording (to which she contributed her vocal talents) and a stage show. More recently, she published Thanks & Giving Book and CD, The Right Words at the Right Time, and The Right Words at the Right Time Volume 2: Your Turn! She and her husband, talk-show host Phil Donahue, reside in New York City. Please visit her at

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From the Publisher

Miley Cyrus
"Free to be…you and me. Each and every one of us has our own special song to sing. As a musician, I get to hear this all the time—amazing voices, high and low, sweet and funky, all coming together like some great big choir. This book is just like that. Look at all the wonderful art. Read the funny poems and awesome stories. Each page is ONE IN A MILLION, and they all shout out with the same, unstoppable message: that YOU are the star of your own concert. Just like you—and just like this book—I know I’ll continue to grow and change over the years into new versions of me. We’re all free to be…you and me. And that’s THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS."

School Library Journal, October 20, 2008
“This upbeat volume’s message remains valid, and it will be enthusiastically greeted by fans of the original (many of whom are now parents themselves) and those interested in anthologies about empowerment.”

"Free to Be… You and Me was so special to us when were children, and now, we can’t tell you how excited we are to be turning the pages of the 35th Anniversary edition. …This book, which comes with a CD, is one for your whole family to treasure.”

Curled Up With a Good Kid’s Book (
" Each page features a feast for the eyes in the form of sweet and funny drawings, and a positive message to children about the virtues of equality, kindness and self-determination. For those who grew up with Marlo Thomas’s show, this book will provide many hours of nostalgic musing, and the opportunity to expose their children to the same inspirational message about embracing individuality... There are wonderful messages here for young children trying to determine who they are in the world."

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Free to Be ... You and Me 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Readingmom33 More than 1 year ago
I remember this book when I was much younger and I'm glad it's being released again. The message is as fresh as ever and very inspirational. Marlo Thomas, to my surprise, is a wonderful writier. Free to be whatever you want to be. Free to be yourself. Get the book and enjoy it's story. You won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my sister gave this book to my daughters when it first came out. they really enjoyed it, but it somehow got lost during the last 30 years or so. i now have 4 great grandchildren, and i hope they will enjoy and benefit from the newest edition as much as my kids did from the original.
Eve92 More than 1 year ago
I own a paperback copy of this book from when I was young - I have shared it with my own kids who have enjoyed it greatly. The stories, the poetry, the dialogues between 2 characters written in letters or as a script....all entertaining and educational - this book was teaching tolerance before it was called "tolerance" in our world. The anniversary edition is lovely. I still like the original.
RLPatmore More than 1 year ago
Growing up we had(of course)this on a 78' record and we wore it out playing it over and over. I loved it then and hope to some day soon find the whole thing converted to cd form. I'd love to give this to my Nieces and Nephews and get them hooked. Thank You Marlo Thomas and Friends for refreshing a great memory for me.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I was a young child when FREE TO BE...YOU AND ME was first released. My elementary school even used songs from FREE TO BE...YOU AND ME for a spring concert. As I reviewed this book now, as an adult, I was still amazed that I could hum the tunes to the songs written as poems in the book.

FREE TO BE...YOU AND ME is one of those rare gems that have managed to stand the test of time. Updated with vibrant new illustrations, FREE TO BE...YOU AND ME takes controversial messages (imagine how controversial they would have been in the early 1970s!) and brushes off the impossibilities of what can be.

FREE TO BE...YOU AND ME emphasizes to children the endless possibilities that are available to them. The book encourages children of all ages to do what they want, and not be limited by what society expect of them.

Take the story of "Atalanta." The princess's father automatically expects her to marry the man he chooses for her. Atalanta wants nothing to do with that. She wants to be the creator of her own destiny. She compromises with her father that if she can run the race with the possible suitors, if she loses the race, she will do as he wishes. But ultimately, Atalanta holds her own fate in her hands by risking running the race against the suitors.

Or, there's "William's Doll." What father doesn't cringe at the thought of his son wanting to play with a doll? But this story shows that by allowing William to have the doll that he desires, he has gained the knowledge to be an awesome big brother.

These are just two of the wonderful parts of FREE TO BE...YOU AND ME. With poems, comics, songs, and amazing illustrations, parents will fall in love with the book again, and children will immediately make FREE TO BE...YOU AND ME one of those treasures to be read time and again.

And if you are a parent that doesn't remember this from your childhood, pick up a copy and read "Boy Meets Girl." There's no way you can forget the amusing tale of the babies that meet minutes after being born in the nursery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As great as I remembered
Guest More than 1 year ago
great reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My daughter was given this book for her third birthday (over 30 years ago) and it was the best gift she could have received. She never let the fact that she was a "girl" hold her back and now she has a wonderful career as an ordained United Methodist minister and is a wonderful wife and mother. She always tells her youth that you can be whatever you want to be if you put your mind, heart, and soul to it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We owned the CD first. My daughter liked some of the songs. She now likes the stories since the book comes with pictures. She can now understand the stories. She also sings the songs as we read through the book. The CD that comes with the book is nice to have but it's not the full version with all the songs and stories.
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