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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by [Maxwell King]
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From School Library Journal

Former Philadelphia Inquirer editor King reveals Fred Rogers (1928–2003), creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, whose guiding principles of his Christian faith—kindness, acceptance, and unconditional love—underpinned every aspect of his professional and personal life. Arranged more or less chronologically, this title traces Rogers's development from an often sickly and overweight child, subjected to childhood bullying and an overprotective mother. His upbringing, while often socially isolating, provided a rich environment for the development of his creativity; he went on to study musical composition and become ordained as a Presbyterian minister. Neighborhood, which ran from 1968 to 2001, was radical for its time, covering war, death, divorce, and other controversial topics honestly and respectfully for children's understanding. Myths about Rogers—that his sweaters covered up tattoos or that he was a Vietnam sniper—are debunked, revealing instead that he was exactly as he appeared. VERDICT Grown-up fans, pop culture enthusiasts, and anyone interested in the history of educational television and child development will be inspired. An excellent and timely addition to most collections.–Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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“In King’s [The Good Neighbor] … the inimitable Mister Rogers becomes somehow even more enchanting. In addition to elegantly narrating the facts of Rogers’ life… King’s book brims with anecdotes of intimate exchanges that highlight Rogers’ kindness and grace.”
(Booklist)

"King is a skilled storyteller who captures the essence of not only Rogers the person but also the very particular American scene that produced him."
(The Washington Post)

“As the extreme importance of our most gifted teachers, and the credit they are due, become ever more evident, Maxwell King has provided a superb, thoughtful biography of the brilliant Fred Rogers, who with his long-running television show, reached more children than any teacher ever. The enormous amount of thought, creative talent, and hard work that Rogers put into every aspect of the show becomes abundantly clear in this book, as do the lessons in empathy and kindness that he took so to heart.  Much there is for all of us to learn in Maxwell King’s The Good Neighbor.
(David McCullough)

“Fred launched the ship that carried us all.”
(LeVar Burton)

“Mere pages into this beautiful account, tears began to roll down my cheeks as my heart remembered the kind and gentle manner of Mr. Rogers. Deeply researched, Maxwell King’s biography brings Rogers to life in small moments recalled by those who knew him best. Through a meticulous unspooling of his childhood, we learn why Fred Rogers—a child born into extreme wealth who could have done anything or nothing with his life—wound up of all things a child whisperer, a seer of the human heart, a builder of bridges constructed of unconditional love and acceptance. Reading King’s narrative, one cannot help but long for a time when children spent their afternoons watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood; one cannot help but sense that what we all need right now is an infusion of Fred Rogers’ enduring teachings back onto our airwaves and into our America.”
(Julie Lythcott-Haims author of How to Raise an Adult)

“Anyone who has seen Fred Rogers on TV eventually gets around to the same core question: Was he really like that in real life? In this well-researched, insightful and affectionately written biography, Maxwell King answers ‘Yes.’ I suspect Mister Rogers himself would have approved of The Good Neighbor, and Rogers always maintained the highest of standards.”
(David Bianculli)

“Fred Rogers recognized how essential the first years of life are to a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. No one understood the strength of human kindness better. His message spans all generations, from my own children to their children. He was a man truly ahead of his time.”
(Jackie Bezos President and Co-Founder, Bezos Family Foundation) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B07BF6BVWK
  • Publisher : Abrams Press; Illustrated edition (September 4, 2018)
  • Publication date : September 4, 2018
  • Language: : English
  • File size : 6653 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 434 pages
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 986 ratings

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Richnsoul
5.0 out of 5 stars Never judge a book by its cover - ‘Good on the inside’
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2020
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TheRedBlueBlur
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough of Fred
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2020
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Sally81
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr Rogers’ Resurgence
Reviewed in Canada on March 28, 2020
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paul jaikaran
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best and heart warming
Reviewed in India on May 4, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fred Rogers was a great man
Reviewed in Canada on June 28, 2020
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