"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."
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.