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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (October 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401301061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401301064
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

When he died in early 2003, Rogers was one of the most recognizable (and beloved) people on television, even though Mister Rogers' Neighborhood had actually stopped production a few years earlier. This small volume collects many of his writings-from songs he wrote for the show to his acceptance speech at the Television Hall of Fame-organized around themes like "The Courage to Be Yourself" and "We Are All Neighbors." The format is occasionally tantalizing: When he said, "I'm proud of you for the times you came in second, or third, or fourth, but what you did was the best you had ever done," was he talking to his TV neighbors, or to one of his own children? The few biographical hints his writings offer about the show's origins and his personal life, plus an introductory reminiscence by his widow, may leave many readers eager for a full biography. Every message is infused with a simplicity and sincerity that any child could understand, as when he describes September 11 as "what some people do when they don't know anything else to do with their anger." But ultimately the book isn't for kids, it's for adults who watched the show as children-and reminds readers that before we learned everything we needed to know in kindergarten, or had our first taste of chicken soup for the soul, Rogers taught valuable lessons about playing make-believe, keeping one's promises, finding strength through helping others and not being afraid to cry.
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"Bits of philosophy and advice from a man who lived a life we could all emulate." -- San Diego Union-Tribune

"Humanity-Affirming thoughts" -- Los Angeles Times

"Life stories in bite-size pieces [that] shares the gentle philosophy that made Rogers one of America's most-beloved public figures." -- Tim Madigan, Knight Ridder News Service

"Words of courage and inspiration -- simple statements that made Mister Rogers a household name." -- Judy Lin, AP

More About the Author

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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I enjoyed reading that he was *her* icon long before anyone else's!
A good gift and reminder of what we learned from Mr. Rogers as children is just as true for adults to use as life markers.
Mary Meysenburg
I've already purchased several copies of this book as gifts to others.
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111 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on October 4, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If ever there was a man in contemporary America who should serve as a wonderful role model, it was the late Fred Rogers. Using love and compassion as a flag for his humanitarian endeavors on public television and elsewhere, Fred Rogers became a symbol of all that is best and right with this country. I first became hooked on him as my then toddling daughter watched him every evening on public television, and while he was hardly either macho or particularly masculine, there was an undoubtedly appealing aspect to his persona that literally would warm the room. Here we have a selection of essays from Rogers that illustrate his deep philosophical concern for children as well as his abiding human compassion for others, something in seeming short supply today. Preaching a Christian cant of charity and tolerance, he continually lit a veritable beacon of positive examples through his words as well as in his life.
The selection gathered here range from his acceptance speech when inducted into the Television Hall Of Fame discussing having the courage to be an individual to various songs on his program, and an abiding message of love, the value of learning, and the desperate need to center our society around the enduring needs of children. I remember being moved each time he would gaze into the camera and seemingly tell my entranced toddler that he was proud of her, that she was special, and that to be herself was okay. She didn't have to be first, or to do anything other than to be whoever she was. His program format as being your neighbor worked magic, and tended to calm down my daughter as she watched his program and giggled at many of the hilarious antics of the puppets.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By jeanne-scott on November 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This was a beautiful gift from one of my daughters. If you ever watched Mister Rogers and sensed his honesty and integrity and his open heart you will love this book. It is a collection of thoughts and ideas that Fred Rogers felt were important to know and remember in order to raise children to grow up into caring, responsible adults who will pass on those same traits to their children. It is a pure delight to read. It is encouraging, supportive and insightful. It is heartwarming and down to earth.
I n a world that at times seems to be full of gray areas Fred Rogers writes- "It's not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outside of life that ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is firm."
His observation about the scarey realities of life, particularly since September 11th, seem truly timeless. He wrote- "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me. "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." To this day especially in times of "disaster", I remember my mother's words., and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers-so many caring people in this world."
How appropriate in this new awareness of the world we live in.
That this was a gift from my daughter made it all the more wonderful and one of those rare "signs" a parent gets that all the hard work was very much worth it!!
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful book reminded me how much I learned from Fred Rogers. He was my dad (I didn't know my real dad) and showed me what it takes to be a loving person. This book is a must-read. I also recommend Optimal Thinking: How To Be Your Best Self which showed my how to make the most of my thinking and feelings, deal with self-sabotage once and for all, and make the most of everything that comes my way.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By destiny morna on November 14, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Like many adults, i grew up on Mr. Rogers and remember his TV shows and characters. This book is aptly subtitled- "important things to remember" and is a great collection of stories, anecdotes and thoughts on topics that matter like Love, relationships, individuals, respect and honesty. It help us remember what its like to be a good neighbor.
There is a foreword written by his wife which is very touching and the book is easy to read--each short anedote/saying is printed on a separate page. It would be a good idea to read a page a day and use that as the basis for "a thought for the day."
This book would make an ideal present for the coming holidays, especially for kids and for those who grew up with Mr. Rogers and didn't we all??
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Pavluvcik on May 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This has to be one of the most beautiful and inspiring books that I have ever read. A gentle and beautiful soul, Fred Rogers lived what he taught not only to the children, but also to the entire world. This book will warm your heart as well as your soul and many of his heart-felt quotes will want to be written down and referred to often! An incredible legacy is left behind, yet those whose hearts he touched personally will be forever changed.
Fred Rogers was indeed in incredible role model for our children, teaching acceptance, love, value and worthiness. His words, so lovingly compiled by his wife, are a treasure to us all now and one cannot help but have tears spring to one's eyes by the sheer simple beauty of his sayings.
His love, acceptance, and compassion are true jewels in these turbulent times that we find ourselves living in. His grace is missed, but his spirit lives on.
An amazing gift for anyone at anytime - special occasions are not needed here!!!
This is a ten star in my library! Just amazing and beautiful!
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