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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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Marlo and Me

Marlo and Me

(p.222) Marlo and Me
When We Were Free to Be

Becky Friedman

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the time when Marlo Thomas came into the author's home every day and sang to her about the wonder of being a kid in the world, what it meant to be a good friend, and the possibilities that lay ahead for her as a girl and later a woman. Marlo was neither a treasured babysitter nor family friend; the author connected with Marlo and her spirited messages by playing Free to Be … You and Me on her brown and orange portable Fisher-Price record player. That iconic vamp of the banjo, followed by the cheerful beat of the tambourine as the New Seekers sang the title song, sent her spinning around her bedroom: bare feet scuffing yellow carpet, long brown hair whipping around her face, and arms tossed high in the air as she sang along to the music—imagining that she was one of those kids in a land where the river runs free … where she was free to be herself.

Keywords:   Marlo Thomas, good friend, treasured babysitter, family friend, spirited messages, Fisher-Price, record player

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