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Anyone who misses the soothing presence of children's television veteran Fred Rogers, host for over 30 years of Mister Rogers's Neighborhood, will savor the morsels of wisdom in this collection of his inspirational quotes, lyrics and anecdotes. The second such collection published since his death in 2003, the book presents Rogers's thoughts on such themes as identity formation, relationships and spirituality. Each page offers a short but profound quote, capturing the simple eloquence that made him so beloved. Rogers's wife, Joanna, also contributes an affectionate foreword in which she reminisces about the show and describes the solace she still finds in her husband's words. Rogers's affirming messages, such as "We all have different gifts, so we all have different ways of saying to the world who we are," will make readers want to kick off their shoes, slip into their sweaters and enter the Neighborhood of Make-Believe for an afternoon. Readers of all ages will be inspired by this touching tribute to one of the most endearing television personalities of all time.
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Fred Rogers was the host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood for over 30 years. He earned a degree in music composition and was a floor manager at NBC on their earliest shows. He studied at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Child Development. He graduated from the Seminary and was ordained a Presbyterian minister in 1963, with the specific charge to continue his work with children and families through the mass media. Fred Rogers received every major award in television for which he was eligible, including two Emmys, and is a member of the Television Hall of Fame. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and two grandsons.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 161 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (April 27, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140130169X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401301699
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fred Rogers: March 20, 1928 - February 27, 2003

Producer, magician, writer, puppeteer, minister, husband, father, Fred Rogers started out in children's television thirty years ago. The direction he trailblazed was the "creation of television programming that spoke, with respect, to the concerns of early childhood, not as adults see it but as children feel it." He has received virtually every major award in the television industry for work in his field, and dozens of others from special-interest groups. Fred Rogers lived in Pennsylvania.

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Janet Boyer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 13, 2005
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Mr. Rogers was a gentle, wise neighbor for millions of children. Because Mr. Rogers Neighborhood aired on my local PBS station, I had the privilege of growing up with Mr. Rogers and his puppet incarnations (King Friday, X the Owl, Henrietta Pussycat, Lady Elaine, etc.) that lived in the Neighborhood of Make Believe. Visiting with other neighbors like Mr. McFeely (named after Mr. Rogers Grandfather), Chef Brockett, Lady Aberlin, Bob Dog, and Purple Panda was also a treat. Interestingly, my first husband (deceased) used to take trumpet lessons at Negri's Music Store (Handy Man Negri)!

Decades later, I still enjoy Mr. Rogers Neighborhood--now in re-runs on PBS Kids. (My 6 year old son loves it, too.) Despite his passing over 2 years ago, Fred Rogers' generous spirit and legacy live on.

Mr. Rogers' unconditional acceptance has comforted and affirmed children on the deepest levels. He never talked down to his audience, and wasn't afraid to tackle difficult topics that aren't even *touched* by children's programs nowadays. Rogers unflinchingly examined painful emotions, and gave practical, gentle wisdom on how to deal with them. He assured us all that we were special-and that no one could take our place. Often spotlighting the differently-abled, his curiosity and interest showed us that those who we might think are "different" from us are really the same, sharing--at core--similar emotions, fears, setbacks and triumphs.

I picked up Life's Journeys According to Mr. Rogers in the book store, and began to tear up when I read one of the passages. I knew I had to buy it--and so I did. My husband made the comment yesterday "Mr. Rogers is like a spiritual practice for you."

And he's right, really.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Betty Burks on July 1, 2005
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My children (three sons) grew up watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood on public t.v Now, my cat Star enjoys watching the reruns. Alas, our beloved Mr. Rogers could not live forever, but he left behind (thanks to his wife Joanne) some of his plain-spoken wisdom. Here are just a few which spoke to me:

"The media shows the tiniest percentage of what people do. There are millions and millions of people doing wonderful things all over the world, and they're generally not the ones being touted in the news."

"The greatest loss that we all have to deal with is the loss of the image of ourselves as a perfect person."Each person in the world is a unique human being, and each has unique potential. One of the important tasks of growing is the discovery of this uniqueness: the discovery of "who I am" in each of us -- of "who I am" in relation to all those whom I meet. "It's really easy to fall into the trap of believing that what we do is more important than what we are. Of course, it's the opposite that's true. What we are ultimately determines what we do!"

"We don't always succeed in what we try -- certainly not by the world's standards -- but I think it's the willingness to keep trying that matters most." No matter what our age, no matter what our condition, life's disappointments show us the limits of what we're able to do. But, of course, in dealing with them, we just might create a new forward striving. "You are a very special person. There is only one like you in the whole world. There's never been anyone exactly like you before, and there never will be again. Only you. And people can like you exactly as you are."

This little book is filled with all of the sayings we heard him explain to us on his show.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Genevieve S. Gibson on April 28, 2005
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Here are some more delightful thoughts and words from one of the best people to ever work in Children's television. This is a terrific sequel to the first book which offers more insight and words of hope and empathy. I find that these books appeal to so many different people. It is a lovely little book for the coffee table. It offers soothing words and fond memories from his television show; like the lyrics to some of his songs and some of the things he often said to his television audience. It makes me miss Mr. Rogers more.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lia on March 13, 2006
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I vividly recall a grade-school friend ridiculing Mr. Rogers when I was a child and I have to admit, I didn't quite "get" him. Looking back, I think at the time I was too old and not old enough. His program appeals to a younger crowd than I was at the time, though his message is truly understood by an older, more wiser crowd.

Now, two children later, I really "get" him. I was intrigued by this book when I first saw it at our local yoga studio after having watched Mr. Rogers some time ago again with my daughter and really being wowed by his message. What he said in that program, I cannot remember. But it was simple and profound whatever it was and my daughter "got it", too.

And so is this book - simple and profound. He provides reflections on life such as, "There is a part of all of us that longs to know that even what's weakest about us is still redeemable and can ultimately count for something good." He also presents a stong message of being OK with how you are, right now. He urges us to accept ourselves as we are and realize that we all have a gift to give to the world.

I have given the book to some parent-friends of mine, though non-parents will find his message hopeful and accepting as well.
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