Note: I originally posted this item in February 2007. It’s a DVD version of Free to Be…You and Me and includes a priceless clip of a teenage Michael Jackson.
I can still remember when my mom played the “Free to Be…You and Me” record for my sister and me in our Brooklyn apartment in the mid-1970′s. Marlo Thomas’s award-winning album of songs, skits & comedy has become a cult classic, with Gen X’ers including myself reciting its lyrics by heart (remember “A Doll, A Doll, William Wants a Doll”)? We loved its messages about growing up back then, and I love it even more now that it is available on DVD ($19.99). Featuring celebrity voice-overs and appearances by everyone from Alan Alda to Mel Brooks to Michael Jackson (who sings “When We Grow Up”- a song about how you “don’t have to change at all”), “Free to Be…” imparts gentle but valuable lessons about growing up and supporting equal rights for boys and girls. I played this DVD for R. when she was just a year old and she was mesmerized by it. She still loves it, even as Pinky Dinky Doo and Wonder Pets compete for her attention. Ah, the classics never go out of style. “Free to Be…” makes a great birthday gift that parent and child alike will both love. Go to Amazon.com.