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Dear Mister Rogers, Does It Ever Rain in Your Neighborhood?: Letters to Mister Rogers

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  172 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
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, ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 1st 1996 by Penguin Books (first published 1996)
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Alice
Aug 08, 2011 Alice rated it it was amazing
This book was recommended by a gent from the UK who was told about Mr. Rogers by an American friend. He promptly fell in love with the show. He mentioned this book and said that if you could read it without crying you were a stronger person than he. I am not stronger. This book has solidified my belief that Mr. Rogers was certainly the most important person ever to be on kid's TV, and that WWMRD should be my motto. Apparently Fred Rogers answered every letter every kid wrote him. Here's an ...more
Mike
Mar 23, 2016 Mike rated it liked it
I stumbled upon Mister Rogers again as an adult due to re-discovering this video, currently my favorite video on the Internet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PI_9G... -- even with the awards show pomp, it's undoubtedly a moving testament to the wonder that is Mister Rogers. Shortly thereafter I discovered that some episodes are on PBS's online streaming service, and a a grab-bag of "greatest hits" reside on Netflix. The flood of recall and recognition astounded me, but not as much as how import ...more
Kim Selwyn
Apr 02, 2016 Kim Selwyn rated it it was amazing
"Nobody has all the answers. We're all growing in this world together."

Mister Rogers was a delight and a blessing, and this book is so warm and welcoming that it feels like coming home. There's a particular gentleness to Mister Roger's responses to children (& adults) that makes me cry every time because it's so beautiful and pure. This is one of those books I want to buy, just to have it close to me when times are tough.
Jessica
Mar 01, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-reread
I'm glad this little book made its way to me. It's going in my collection of favorite parenting books to reread. It's not a parenting book per se, but I learned a lot in seeing how Mister Rogers responded to the wide variety of letters he received over the years and reading some of his commentary on those responses. Although he shied away from giving direct advice to parents (reasoning that parents' knowledge of their individual children mattered more than his general knowledge of child ...more
Kate
Jul 28, 2007 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Gawd. I bawled every other page of this little book, but I am a big-time sap. Mr. Rogers RULES. He knows exactly what to say to children AND adults (in one notable letter, a mom tried to get Mr. Rogers to explain death to her questioning kiddo, and he turns it right back on her, but in a kind way with some thoughtful suggestions), and he answered ALL his fan mail personally. Mr. Rogers makes children feel that they are cared for and their opinions valued. He makes me feel that it's possible for ...more
Dan
Jan 13, 2012 Dan rated it it was amazing
This book is full of kindness, patience and understanding. It's amazing to see the wide range of questions and comments he dealt with.

Some of the more insightful parts for me are where he revealed a few of the unintended consequences of their work: like a mother who wrote to mention that his show caused her daughter to develop a fear of being blown away by the wind. Or a response he got after telling a girl he'd think of her the next time he wore his blue sweater, only to find out that she had a
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Cathy Williams
Sep 14, 2016 Cathy Williams rated it it was amazing
I read this in small bits & enjoyed every minute of it. Mr. Rogers kind manner when answering any & all questions is so genuine, gentle and kind. He was a man that truly respected other people in the most authentic way. Even the smallest child's questions were answered in a way that they can understand.
Adam Nedeff
Aug 04, 2014 Adam Nedeff rated it really liked it
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 L
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Joshua Rodriguez
Jul 29, 2016 Joshua Rodriguez rated it it was amazing
This book gives an inside look of the world of the viewers in front of the television screen. As a creator, you rarely get to see how your audience not only see's what you create, but the world around them. In this book, Mister Rogers sheds light on the letters he received from eager, curious and excited children and fans throughout the years.

I think the most important takeaway from this book for me was seeing just how Mister Rogers responded each time. Every response was met with an intro of gr
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Lauren
Jul 17, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing
Fred Rogers was a wonderful person that I will always remember fondly as an important part of my childhood. It's well documented that he made an effort to write back to every child that wrote to him and this book collects some of the most insightful questions and responses gleaned from that time. Some are laugh out loud funny and some are enough to make you feel near tears, but Mister Rogers' patient tone resonates through all of his replies as well as his effort to not judge or treat any ...more
Trudy
Jan 13, 2013 Trudy rated it it was amazing
What a sweet book! Fred Rogers was such a caring, kind force in the universe! Although I know that many grown-ups shook their heads over what they considered his "sappy" show, children seemed to know that he was exactly what they needed!

I think every parent, grandparent, or anyone who interacts with small children should read this book (and probably any by Fred Rogers) to gain valuable insight into appropriately responding to the needs of the little ones in their care. Validating children and th
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Sharon
May 17, 2011 Sharon rated it liked it
This was a sweet book, about the things kids worry about and the ways Mr. Rogers talks about those things. Mr. Rogers doesn't give advice, though, so most of his responses are very similar, about how good it is to talk about your feelings and to be able to rely on the people who love you to help you think about hard things. It's actually a really good, clear message, especially for working with kids--that we all have feelings, and that there are ways to manage them both acutely (physical ...more
Kris
Jan 18, 2016 Kris rated it it was amazing
Mister Rogers is one of my personal heroes. This book simply confirmed that I made a great choice in that. :) I could hear his voice in every response. The thing that made me the saddest is that the copy I read still had the pre-addressed stationery to write your own letter to Mister Rogers, and I almost cried thinking how I don't have the chance to tell him the influence he had on me as a child, a parent, and just as a human being in general. Thanks, Mister Rogers. You were one of the good ...more
Shaun
Apr 04, 2011 Shaun rated it liked it
Recommended to Shaun by: Alicia
This is actually a fine book and at times interesting as well. The letters from the kids range from cute and funny to a little sad at times. Mr. Rogers gives good advice but the advice felt repetitive at times. The three stars is more due to the fact that I never really got into the book rather than the fact that it was a terrible book. It wasn't a 'couldn't put it down' type of book for me. Maybe if I had children of my own I might have been a little more interested in it or could have related ...more
Jena
Anything involving Mr. Rogers makes me feel warm, and fuzzy, and happy, sweetly nostalgic for my youth, and refreshed about my future. This book is no exception! I've always thought some of the best things about children are their spontaneity, and the way they think about things with limitless creativity. This book showcases those aspects of childrens' personalities to perfection. I also love how gentle and honest Mr. Rogers is with all of his answers to the children. The world would be a much ...more
Denise
Jun 09, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, teachers, anyone looking for a model of compassion and kindess
Recommended to Denise by: Michael
Shelves: self-help, parenting
Though it is more of a "bathroom style" book, I read it straight through like a novel. There was a lot of repetition, but because the things repeated by Fred Rogers in his responses to each letter were all good and true things, I didn't let myself speed through. I figure the repetition of his mannerisms would do me good! I cried some and laughed some, and as always, I love the legacy of Fred Rogers!
Cheryl
Sep 09, 2014 Cheryl rated it liked it
A lovely look back at a lovely man who made so many childhoods better with his gentle influence. I picked up this book last year when I visited the Chilren's Museum in Pittsburgh, where a large majority of the artifacts from the Public Television show are housed. I needed something light and happy to read last night and grabbed it from the stack. Finished it this morning and was reminded again how much he cared about children and helping to shape how young people approached life.
Natasha
Jul 21, 2012 Natasha rated it it was amazing
This book was so refreshing to read! In a world that is filled with negative images for children nowadays, positive messages and people like Mr. Rogers are few and far between. The knowledge, love, and imagery of this "character" he played on his television show seems to be exactly how he was in real life. I wish more people would know legacy of Fred Rogers!
Clint
Jul 17, 2016 Clint rated it liked it
You don't hear the word "quaint" anymore without condescension, but I found this book quaint in a wholly non-derogatory way. It's exactly what you'd expect from the title and... that starts to get repetitive. If you've read the first chapter and fear that it might drag on, jump to the end and work your way backward. I enjoyed the last chapters the most.
Kathryn
Dec 23, 2007 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who loves children
Shelves: non-fiction
Mister Rogers is, and always has been, one of my heroes and was like a dear friend growing up. This collection of letters, written to Mister Rogers, and the responses he and his team sent back, is so thoughtful and touching--and some are just downright fun! Mister Rogers was one of my first "pen-pals," so this collection is even more meaningful and memorable to me.
Melissa H
Oct 22, 2015 Melissa H rated it it was amazing
It was so sweet to read these letters that kids sent to Mister Rogers and to read the kind words he sent them in response. My only disappointment in this book is the fact that I didn't get to write him a letter of my own. The world needs more people like Mister Rogers.
Sharon
Feb 17, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it
For content, this is a 5* book. Down-to-earth substance, magically done by an adult about childhood, which, of course, he long ago left. Fred Rogers doesn't cite his research sources (there are many) or divinity training (it's there), but we are the beneficiaries. Simple, bed-rock love how-tos.
Marie
Jul 11, 2013 Marie rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It was hard to put down once I started reading it. It made me want to study child development even more. Very touching, and a great read for anyone who interacts with children, whether you're a parent, teacher, counselor, grandparent, etc.
Jennifer Thompson-Thalasinos
Aug 14, 2016 Jennifer Thompson-Thalasinos rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
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.
Anna Rose
Aug 11, 2014 Anna Rose rated it really liked it
This book is full of letters to Fred Rogers and his responses. It is sweet and reminded me of my childhood. It is a great read for anyone who liked this kind man.
Heather the Hillbilly Banjo Queen
If you like Mr. Rogers and if you watched it as a child, this is a wonderful book. I always wanted to know some of these things myself as a kid.
Julie Schwartz
Jan 03, 2008 Julie Schwartz rated it it was amazing
My favorite letter:
Dear Mr. Rogers,
In your younger years did you get a lot of chicks because you were Mr. Rogers?
Tyler, age 17
Alison
Jul 26, 2011 Alison rated it really liked it
A little repetitious but filled with cute stories and useful insight how to answer young ones sometimes bazaar questions.
Angela
Jul 26, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sigh...I love Mister Rogers. As I read this book, I could hear soft, kind voice in my head. I cried every time I picked up this book.
Andrew
May 26, 2010 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Possibly the most powerful book I've ever read. There's an inspiring level of empathy and understanding in every answer. It makes want to wear a sweater vest.
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Fred McFeely Rogers was an American educator, minister, songwriter, and television host. Rogers was the host of the television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, in production from 1968 to 2001. Rogers was also an ordained Presbyterian minister.
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