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Mister Rogers Neighborhood: Children Television And Fred Rogers Paperback – September 11, 1997


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press (September 11, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822956527
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822956525
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,718,052 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"For forty years, Fred Rogers has been telling children and the rest of us that he likes us just the way we are. No one else in our lives gives us that message. Now, in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, fifteen essayists show how deeply, and in how many ways, the message has registered. Starting with satirist Bob Garfield's hilarious conversion from Rogers Rejectionism to Rogers Rebirth, through cellist YoYo Ma's respect for Fred's musical messages, through various Fredwatchers' reactions to the depth and honesty of his work, this collection is a reminder of the many and varied lives Fred Rogers has touched, kept sane, kept steady and centered. The book is testimony to this fact: after two score years on television, Fred Rogers remains the best friend America's families ever had."
--National Public Radio


"Discusses the amazing depth of public television's longest-running show with a variety of contexts: aesthetic, developmental, theological, philosophical. Much of that is against a backdrop of a society and an industry that neglects when not exploiting children. . . . The range of commentators, from the  humorous Bob Garfield to the charming Yo-Yo Ma examines and illuminates the many hertofore hidden facets of this Pittsburgh jewel."
--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

About the Author

Mark Collins teaches in the Writing Program of the Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh and is a contributing editor to Pitt Magazine. He is the author of Imperfect Journey, a collection of essays.

Margaret Mary Kimmel is professor in the department of Library and Information Science at the University of Pittsburgh where she teaches children's literature and courses related to the provision of information services to young people. With Elizabeth Segal, Dr. Kimmel co-edited For Reading Out Loud. She also is involved with the selection of titles for Golden Triangle Books--historical classics for children from the University of Pittsburgh Press.

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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Yakov Hadash VINE VOICE on April 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
i found this book remaindered for a very low price, but it is totally worth the full list price. a respectful, intelligent look at the great man Fred Rogers and his TV show that isn't even a TV show, really... varying points of views. the essayists only occasionally become too weirdly academic or navel-gazing. i like the production values on this hardcover, too -- it's fully cloth-covered with a full cloth, smythe-sewn binding, acid free paper, and neat endpapers. the back cover photo rules, too. 2003 May 3rd is the Mr Rogers memorial ceremony in downtown pittsburgh -- go!
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18 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Robin Orlowski on June 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
In 2003, Fred "Mister" Rogers departed this world after a lifetime of public service to all children.
In a day when many people from all points on the political spectrum had eagerly reduced `compassion', `equality' and `pro-child' to catchy, but ultimately divisive and meaningless words, he continued to bring out the best in everybody.
He is one of the few people in this world deserving of all his awards/honors and then much more.
As evidence of his timeless appeal, I never tired of watching his namesake PBS children's show. Even when I was much older (and out of the intended demographic service range), I loved the truly nurturing environment regularly brough into my living room. Well before I realized my parents were not getting along (eventually divorcing), Mr. Rogers "told" me via daily broadcast that good families come in all structures, and the family format is subsequently less important than how the individual members treat eachother and themselves. When my parents finally did divorce in high school, I had been so helped by Roger's work, I immediately flashed back to his reassuring songs.
That the sets were decidedly showing their age in places by the late 1980's, and the cast themselves featured in some segments had died mattered much less than their overall mission of helping ALL kids navigate an often unforgiving world in uplifting and supportive tones.
The mostly male ensemble cast of the neighborhood (although this changed in latter seasons) was not problematic in the long-run for this feminist, because it suggested an alternate male sexuality that was built on empathy and peace as opposed to macho swaggering. It was okay for men of all ages to cry, hug and freely embrace a side of themselves that Western culture remains fixated on suppresing.
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