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Dear Mr. Rogers, Does It Ever Rain in Your Neighborhood?: Letters to Mr. Rogers Paperback – August 1, 1996

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TV's incomparable but--he stoutly hopes--imitable Mister Rogers once more shares his skill at communicating to young children, this time by publishing children's letters to him, adults' letters about their children, and his responses to them. He arrays them in chapters entitled with phrases that reflect the kinds of questions ("Are you real?" "Do you have a job?" etc.) and childhood concerns ("Sometimes it's hard to behave," "My brother copies everything I do," etc.) that letter writers most often present to him. His replies are characteristically gentle and authoritative. He encourages children to speak about their feelings and what is on their minds, and he counsels parents to listen and respond truthfully and appropriately to their child's age and temperament. Quite often, he uses the lyrics of a song from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood to make his point in a manner that faithful viewers will recognize. In short, this is a book of modeling for parents, although one that carefully brings forth many adult correspondents to Mister Rogers who are as caring and warmheartedly canny with young children as he is. Ray Olson

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Every question a child or parent asks is important, and no one understands this better than the television Neighbor who has visited our homes for more than two decades. In this collection of letters and replies, Mister Rogers encourages parents, grandparents, and teachers to cherish the questions and comments that come from their children. With sincerity and sensitivity, real-life issues are addressed in chapters arranged by theme - the world, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, feelings and fears, television, family relationships, and death. Based on his lifelong studies in child development, Fred Rogers offers a thoughtful perspective on childhood and parenting. Dear Mister Rogers is an inspiration to parents and educators and a delight for all those interested in the unique way children see the world and wonder about it.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140235159
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140235159
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #520,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In November of 1998, I was sitting in a computer lab/library at an airbase in Saudi Arabia when an unusual magazine cover caught my eye. It was an issue of ESQUIRE, and taking up almost the whole cover was none other than Mister Fred Rogers, grinning from ear to ear. I read Tom Junod's marvelous article about this heroic man (you'll have to find a copy of the article to learn why I use the word "heroic") over and over and over, many times out loud.
So my fascination with Mister Rogers was rekindled for the first time in more than 15 years. But as a child I was mostly fascinated with a magical trolley which could transport you into an enchanted land called Make-Believe. Mr. Junod gave me a much deeper - and therefore, much more fascinating - glimpse at what this man is like.
He was a man who loved children and the adults who once were children as much as he loved himself. He hated television. He believed (or so his actions seem to convey) that his outflow of compassion was as much a necessity for his survival as his intake of oxygen. And his favorite word was grace. In fact, if you met him in person and received his autograph, he would write the word "grace" underneath it - in Greek.
Unmerited favor received from God.
Believing his standards to be no higher than that of God's, Mister Rogers strove to treat others with as much grace as he had received.
The reason I state all of this is because it will all be proven when you read DEAR MISTER ROGERS. This book, containing letters both to and from Mister Rogers, shows that he can be funny, sad, nurturing, and firm. But he was always compassionate. Never in this book is he ever insincere. On more than a few occasions, he proves he does not lack the humility to admit some of the mistakes he has made in life.
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I watched Mr. Rogers as a child, I watched and respected him and his TV "ministry" as a Kindergarten teacher and mother. I think he was the most genuine and caring person on television! Very calming and great for kid's self-esteem....what a wonderful role model and human being. This as well as the other books about and by Fred Rogers are priceless. This book is very touching....letters from his viewers with his own responses. A beautiful thing!
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I loved the book, but managed to knock out the whole thing in about two hours. Mister Rogers lays out the planning and work that was put into assembling this book and it's entirely possible that what's in here was literally as much as could have possibly been done. I guess you'd call this a good "airplane book" in that case.

It's a wonderful read, because you're expecting one thing and it delivers so much more. You expect cute letters with very childlike questions, and you get that (he fields a LOT of questions about how he manages to get inside television sets). But he also answers letters from parents dealing with disabled children and children suffering from cancer. And by far, the most moving letter of the bunch: An eight-year-old coping with the sudden death of a two-year-old sibling, just days after losing her temper and yelling "Don't ever come back!"

And the sensitivity and thoughtfulness of the answers only serves to reinforce your impression of Fred Rogers, the person. His insights and his knack for saying exactly the right thing (and the humble way that he assures one viewer that his ability to say the right thing only came from a lot of trial and error) will leave you with a smile on your face.
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This is a great book that contains the letters to Mr. Rogers and his responses. Some are simple, some are difficult like divorce, grandma having Alzheimers, and being afraid of the dark. It gives you insight into Mr. Rogers and how much he cared for his viewers.
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Great book. Wish I could have read it earlier in life and written a letter to Mr. Rogers. The book comes with an addressed envelope to send to him. Missed that opportunity. Many great lessons in the book on how to talk to your kids about different topics. God bless you Fred Rogers!
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I bought this book primarily as a gift for my cousin, whose son is a big fan of the show. I thought that at 2 1/2, he would soon start asking the type of questions addressed in the book, and this would help his parents answer them. I also enjoyed the innocence of the sometimes silly questions asked by the letter writers, and how Mr. Rogers dealt with each person with the compassion and understanding that has made him a family favorite for the last thirty years. Even though he is gone and will be sorely missed, I'm glad that I could help pass on his wisdom to a new generation of fans.
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Enjoyable book of questions submitted by children and their parents. As you would expect, Fred Rogers answered sincerely and lovingly. It is so obvious that this man truly loved children and cared about them.
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Whether or not you remember visiting Mr Rogers' neighborhood as a child, you'll love this book! I've read that Mr Rogers and his co-hosts made a point to answer every viewer letter they ever received over the course of the show. This is a sampling. Sometimes LOL funny, sometimes onions get in your eyes, but difficult to put down.
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