Kindness, caring, and reliance on our neighbors are more important now than ever before. We all need more Mister Rogers in our lives.
In difficult times, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood provided a refuge for children and their families alike; a way to understand and talk about what was happening, and find hope for a brighter tomorrow.
Groundbreaking in a quiet, generous way, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood introduced a generation of children to the wonders of the world in the comfort of their own living rooms. Fred Rogers took young viewers to art museums, introduced them to different professions, and talked through difficult subjects like losing a loved one, or experiencing parents' divorce, with compassion and reassurance.
Share that deep respect, care, and quiet joy in the day-to-day with the only authorized picture book biography of Fred Rogers--lovingly created by Caldecott Medalist Matt Cordell.
Lively, colorful illustrations explore Fred Rogers' early life and the events that led him to create his enduring show. Exclusively published archival photographs, provided by Fred Rogers Productions, offer a behind-the-scenes look at this historic show and the people whose hard work made it possible. A brief biography of Mister Rogers and a history of the show is included, as well as a note from author-illustrator Matt Cordell about his inspiration and longtime admiration for Fred Rogers and Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.
Perfect for fans of the film A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks, or anyone who wants to bring home the ideals of compassion, kindness, and patience that make us all good neighbors, this captivating picture book should not be missed.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year!
When readers first see Fred Rogers in this authorized picture book biography, he's an instantly recognizable figure playing his beloved piano; musical notes, hearts, and more pour forth from the instrument. Caldecott Medalist Cordell begins his story on the TV set of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, then circles back to Rogers's youth in Pittsburgh, detailing his loving family and appreciation of music, his sometimes painful childhood ("Fred was shy and often lonely"), and his unexpected discovery of television's possibilities for speaking to children: "He would simply be his honest self." Galleries of portraits include the show's inclusive cast of characters and some eminent guests. Drawings framed like television stills recreate the show's famous opening and closing sequences and capture moments happy, "like visiting the circus," and sad, "like saying goodbye to a beloved pet." Cordell acknowledges the vast audience in front of the television screen and Rogers's own interest in how things work with drawings of children watching in their homes and camera operators maneuvering around the sets. Scribbly lines, soft colors, and earnest storytelling create an open, affectionate atmosphere perfectly in keeping with Rogers's quiet strength and generous heart. Back matter includes photographs and more information. Ages 4 8.