The Good Neighbor

The Good Neighbor

The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

eBook - 2018
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Every weekday for decades, a kind man named Mister Rogers stepped through a door in his TV house, spoke directly into the camera while he changed from street clothes into a cardigan and sneakers, and sang, "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood." Offering unconditional love, this soft-spoken icon was a household name for tens of millions of children, as well as their parents who grew up with this friendly neighbor themselves. Fred Rogers (1928-2003) was an enormously influential pioneer in the history of television for almost forty years. As the creator and star of public television's Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously. The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this unique and enduring American figure. Based on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, The Good Neighbor traces Rogers's personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show in 1976 to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated groups of episodes, created in collaboration with experts on child development, about complex issues such as divorce, discipline, mistakes, anger, and competition. Rogers's work and his messages still resonate with parents and children today, especially in a world where the human values he championed are too often forgotten or neglected. Taking readers beyond the gentle man in the sweater, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.
Publisher: New York : Abrams Press, an imprint of ABRAMS, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781683353492
Characteristics: 1 online resource (405 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
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Alternative Title: Life and work of Fred Rogers


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Feb 08, 2021

An outstanding biography by a highly qualified author. Those interested in the significance of early childhood education would benefit greatly from the thorough research and excellent writing. Fred Rogers was born into a wealthy and supportive family with a strong moral upbringing. His kindness and support of very young children is evident throughout his lifetime. His life is being portrayed in a movie starring Tom Hanks.

STPL_Emily Sep 06, 2019

An interesting look at a childhood icon. I was fascinated to learn more about his activism and his undying passion for his work with children. I would absolutely recommend!

ArapahoeKati Mar 29, 2019

Overall a fascinating account of a childhood icon for many of us. It's read by LeVar Burton (of course!).

ArapahoeBridget Dec 07, 2018

Reading this book was a balm for my heart. If you're looking for a read about a good person trying his best to do good for his community, this is a very satisfying story. And the audio version read by LeVar Burton is an extra delight!

IndyPL_KatieF Nov 06, 2018

I'll be honest. I'm biased when it comes to anything Mister Rogers. Not only did I grow up watching, but my son has been watching reruns for the last several years. And I don't speak lightly when I say that Mister Rogers has changed our lives. You can find an episode for almost every single childhood fear. He has got us through shots, riding an airplane, haircuts, etc. While I enjoyed the documentary that came out earlier this year ("Won't You Be My Neighbor"), I was eager for the deep dive this book provided. Even if you aren't already a fan, this is a fascinating look at unique person and worldview that we could all use a little more of in our lives.

Oct 15, 2018

Without a doubt, Fred Rogers is an icon in the worlds of both children's television and child development. It was his passion to always do what is best for the children that really shines through in this comprehensive biography. Having seen the documentary that was released this year before reading the book was helpful to me in establishing a framework for processing information in this book. Many might find the documentary to be more helpful as this bio runs a bit on the long side and tends to be repetitious.


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Jul 18, 2019

"I wonder what age is it that Fred no longer likes you just the way you are?"
Leland Hazard to a colleague after a contentious meeting with Mr. Rogers.

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