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Mister Rogers: A Biography of the Wonderful Life of Fred Rogers Paperback – July 26, 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491205997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491205990
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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BookCaps is a publishing company which offers concise summaries for quickly covering specific topics. According to their website, "We all need refreshers every now and then. Whether you are a student trying to cram for that big final, or someone just trying to understand a book more, BookCaps can help." You know this kind of book. Not quite Cliff's Notes, but pretty much the same concept.

This book is available for five or six bucks and, honestly, it's hardly worth even that much. Anyone unfamiliar with the BookCaps concept might purchase this book expecting a detailed and insightful biography of Fred Rogers. What this book actually provides is a very quick (and often inaccurate) overview of his life -- nothing that couldn't be found with a quick visit to Wikipedia.

Coming in at just over 100 pages, the type is large and the margins are very generous. In reality, this book should have been printed on about half as many pages. In addition, several details in this book are somewhat questionable including a very vague and slightly misleading discription of the Christmastime with Mister Rogers special and some characters referred to by inaccurate names (e.g. "Daniel the Tiger" and "Grandpedre Tiger"). Furthermore, there are some instances of just plain old-fashioned typographical errors such as "Lady Aberline" and "Hilda Pingleborder." Fred's birthday is even incorrect -- detailed as March 28th instead of March 20th.

While the effort in remembering Fred through this book is a positive, if you're looking for a true biography of Fred Rogers, I would encourage you to steer clear of this poorly written Neighborhood crash-course.

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FYI- This is not a feature length book. It is not a well written book. It reads like a fourth grade text. It provides information but very little detail. It is riddled with typos and looks like a poor self publication. It is 109 pages long, but most pages only have a half page of print. Buy it for a child, but it is not a good resource. I love Fred Rogers and everything he stands for. I love literacy and writing and childhood. I wish a bit more polish and depth had been put into this text. The "bibliography" doesn't even provide full references. Buyer beware!
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It wasn't a bad book, but it was written at about an eighth grade level. Lots of repetition in the text and seemed to be in the style of a self-printed title. Nothing in this book that you couldn't find on Google. The book itself arrived in the condition I expected, however.
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I learned some new stuff about Mr. Rogers that I hadn't known before, but the writing level was quite low. It seemed like it was someone's high school project.
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Mister Rogers is amazing. This book was a fuzzily written web page version of his biography. I wanted a real version...
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Really more of a pamphlet than a book. It was clearly written for children. Not a bad book for a beginning reader, but not very in depth either.
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This is a terrible picture, does not even remotely look like Mister Rogers, at least they could have tried harder for the one cover picture. It looks like a cheap imitation. If you want to know about Mister Rogers, best thing is read the books he's written as there are many, and also watch the show. And maybe beg the company to release more of his work, which they are holding for unknown reasons and only letting certain privileged people with credentials look at it; even though most of his work was for children to see and learn from and also for everyday people such as parents who need all the help they can get. Mister Rogers regarded parents as teachers and they deserve his help. Oh well. Happiness to you in your life ahead!
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