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The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

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A timeless collection of wisdom on love, friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty from the man who has been a friend to generations of Americans There are few personalities who evoke such universal feelings of warmth as Fred Rogers. An enduring presence in American homes for over 30 years, his plainspoken wisdom continues to guide and comfort many. The World Accordi ...more
Hardcover, 198 pages
Published October 8th 2003 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Richard Derus
Mar 22, 2015 Richard Derus rated it liked it
Rating: 3.75* of five

The Publisher Says: A timeless collection of wisdom on love, friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty from the man who has been a friend to generations of Americans There are few personalities who evoke such universal feelings of warmth as Fred Rogers. An enduring presence in American homes for over 30 years, his plainspoken wisdom continues to guide and comfort many. The World According to Mister Rogers distills the legacy and singular worldview of this beloved Ameri
Dec 28, 2012 Reese rated it really liked it

A short while ago, Goodreads "went spooky on me." I received a GR email notifying me that "Nick" liked my 1-14-11 review of THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MISTER ROGERS. Not knowing Nick, I decided to click on the link and look at Nick's profile. Nick's profile photo was not among the photos of other GR members who had "liked" this review; and looking at my notifications, I saw that, according to the list, there had been no notification concerning Nick's liking my review. So
Mary Tuley
Aug 11, 2007 Mary Tuley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody!
I don't think the world will ever recuperate from losing Mr. Rogers.
Apr 06, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. When I told my husband what I was reading, he snickered a little bit. What am I supposed to learn from a children's television show host? Surprisingly, quite a bit. I saved several quotes from his books and was amazed at what he had discovered in his lifetime. I actually feel as though I learned a few things from reading this, and that really helps make a book worth reading to me.

This was one of my favorite quotes from this book {which can be found on page 25}:

April Thompson
Aug 21, 2014 April Thompson rated it it was amazing
You know that one (maybe more if you're lucky) person that has made such an impression on you in your life that you want to change yourself for the better and strive to live your life differently with a much more open mind or better outlook on life? For me, I do have that person. Actually I'm lucky enough to have two people. My Aunt Mary and Nanna (Aunt Judy) have shown me that life is about making mistakes and learning from them, loving life as best as you can and being optimistic in a sea of a ...more
Tom Emanuel
Apr 04, 2013 Tom Emanuel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spirituality
I just reread this beautiful little book, and I include this on my spirituality shelf because I sincerely believe Fred Rogers is one of the best theologians of the 20th century. He was an ordained Presbyterian minister, and he understood what he did with Mister Rogers' Neighborhood as his ministry, his gentle, loving service to his neighbor and thereby to his God. And he lived that service in every aspect of his life. This collection of quotations from possibly the nicest man to have ever lived ...more
Jan 01, 2015 David rated it it was amazing
My in-laws gave me this book for Christmas, and I love it. For whatever reason, I did not watch Mr. Rogers when I was little, so I only learned how wonderful he was as an older adult. So I was delighted with this gift, and feel sure I will reread this book -- since it is a short volume of short quotes, it will be easy to dip in from time to time or read the whole thing again, whenever I feel like a bit of uplift. Here's page 34:

All life events are formative. All contribute to what we become, yea
Mark Taylor
Jan 24, 2015 Mark Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite television show as a child was Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Sure, I liked Sesame Street a lot, but there was something special about Fred Rogers’ gentle show and the “Neighborhood of Make-Believe.” Mister Rogers didn’t do anything fancy or high tech on his television show, but through his calm and gentle demeanor, generations of children found a special friend who would show them how a Crayon was made, and also talk them through important topics like how to deal with anger and disapp ...more
May 09, 2009 Janet rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I was expecting this book to have been written more at a child’s level (or at least a level for parent and child read together), but it is most definitely aimed at adults. I sat down with this book intending to read it straight through, like a novel, but I realized it isn’t meant to be read in one or two long sittings. To do so does not provide the time needed to think about what Mr. Rogers is trying to say. If I had it to do over again, I’d read a page a day.
Jul 26, 2009 Tyler rated it it was amazing
Synopsis: This book is made up of short quotes and anecdotes taken from the life of Mister Rogers and his television show. The quotes are grouped into four topics: The courage to be yourself, Understanding love, The challenges of inner discipline and We are all neighbors.

My Review: Not much to say about this one, other than the sayings all give a nice outlook on life and my respect for Mister Rogers has increased since reading it.
Nov 18, 2014 Angie rated it liked it
Synopsis: "A timeless collection of wisdom on love, friendship, respect, individuality, and honesty from the man who has been a friend to generations of Americans There are few personalities who evoke such universal feelings of warmth as Fred Rogers. An enduring presence in American homes for over 30 years, his plainspoken wisdom continues to guide and comfort many. The World According to Mister Rogers distills the legacy and singular worldview of this beloved American figure. An inspiring colle ...more
Ashley FL
May 06, 2010 Ashley FL rated it really liked it
Short quotes from Mr. Rogers. He was a very wise man. Nothing exciting or earth-shattering, but a good, quiet reminder of the right way to live.
Eli Poteet
Dec 21, 2014 Eli Poteet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wisdom, kids-corner
This is the best book I have read all year.
Jan 03, 2016 Violet rated it liked it
I've never watched "Mister Roger's Neighborhood," and as such, I feel like certain parts of the book (namely the songs) were lost on me. For some reason, I couldn't get myself to embrace the book in the way I wanted to. Nevertheless, I found some very useful quotes to use as reminders when reading it; I've highlighted them in blue in my copy of the book. While I cannot day that I deeply loved this book, I can say that there were parts I quite liked and that I found useful to encourage personal g ...more
Mar 17, 2010 Todd rated it it was amazing
Classic Mr. Rogers from my childhood. This gem for people raising children or needing to be reminded why that Dr. Fred Rogers made people feel better about themselves. This is the book that should be required reading in public & private schools while children are growing up and also a book for the home to help in making good children.

The fact that new Disney has raised a generation of selfish tweens to twenty-some makes me sad and I wonder why that Mr. Rogers was pulled off the air. PBS and
Jun 29, 2007 Unbridled rated it really liked it
I breezed through 'The World According to Mister Rogers' by the late, great Fred Rogers. I loved it so much I also read 'Life's Journeys According to Mister Rogers.' Both are books of maxims, aphorisms, and (a few) lyrics to the songs from his show. A saint, if we ever had one, in this modern age. All my life, all my books, all my searching, all my conclusions, mostly here, in some form or another – his conclusions I may differ from, but his fundamentals are inviolable. His essential goodness hu ...more
Jennifer Watson
Feb 23, 2016 Jennifer Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For those who grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, this is perfect to have as a reminder of his character and his teachings from his show.
i feel like even if there are those who didn't grow up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, this book is still a good book to read to have positive views on the world and motivation from Mister Rogers even though he is no longer here on this earth.
From Mister Rogers, I learned that everybody is my neighbor and not just those who live close to me. The
Mar 02, 2015 Michele rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Having grown up on "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" I remember he always had wise words for his viewers...advice...little nuggets of inspiration. This book has 4 "chapters". The Courage to Be Yourself; Understanding Love; The Challenges of Inner Discipline and We Are All Neighbors.

It is a great book to give as a gift, and one you will love to pick up time and time again.
Sep 09, 2015 J. rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
This was a good, yet way too short, listen.

The narration was weak, but the words of Mr. Rogers are heartfelt.

I would like to know more about his life. It would be interesting to learn the backstory of this man that entertained me as a child.
Mar 25, 2015 Jaylene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some really great insights! Love that he was a music major too :)
Jun 28, 2014 Denise rated it it was amazing
SRP Why Bite: Insightful.

There is not much to say about this short, little book. Fred Rogers was a smart, insightful man who said a number of wise, smart, and insightful things. I’m surprised the book isn’t longer. I enjoyed learning a little bit more about Mister Fred McFeely Rogers from the Foreward written by his wife and the short biography at the end of the book. Did you know Mr. McFeely, the postman was named after his grandfather? I didn’t. My only other comment is that I’ve never read a
Michael Armijo
Nov 02, 2010 Michael Armijo rated it liked it
Here you will find some nice words to live by...

This is one of those books you must keep on your bookshelf to randomly read every now and then. It reminds you to have courage in yourself, understand about love, having a good sense of inner discipline and realizing that we are all worldwide neighbors and human beings. One of the last lines I underlined is so imperative in today's world: 'We all can minister to others in this world by being compassionate and caring'.
I am definitely in the generation that grew up with the Neighborhood. In fact, I was so young when I apparently was obsessed with the show that I mostly have to take my parents’ word for it. I remember few of the details but still get that flighty nostalgic feeling any time I think about it.

As an adult, I’ve learned more about Fred Rogers as an actual person and have found much to admire and relate to. It only made sense to me then to pick this book up for my Self Help read.

Self Help is one of t
Kristen-Marie Freeman
Good old Mister Rogers. I nice book as gentle as he was. The last page best sums up the tenor of the work:

'You don't ever have to do anything sensational for people to love you. When I say, "It's you I like," I'm talking about that part of you that knows that life is far more than anything you can ever see or hear or touch... that deep part of you that allows you to stand for those things without which humankind cannot survive: love that conquers hate, peace that rises triumphant over war, and j
Jessica Harmon
Jun 16, 2015 Jessica Harmon rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
My parents got me this for Christmas, and I'm not sure if they know how deep my love of Mister Rogers is, but this book was an excellent present. It's basically just quotes from the writings, speeches, and songs or Fred Rogers. Almost all Americans get nostalgic when Mister Rogers is mentioned. He was a staple of childhood. The sweaters. The routine. The trip to the crayon factory. So much fun, but without the danger or gimmicks of most kids' television. And Mister Rogers' writings and the short ...more
Jul 15, 2010 Megan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-re-read
Mister Rogers can sum up a topic and give advice in so few words with such impact and eloquence.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jul 25, 2009 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it really liked it
Favorite Quote: "What matters isn't how a person's inner
life finally puts together the alphabet and numbers of his outer
life. What really matters is whether he uses the alphabet for the
declaration of a war or the description of a sunrise---his numbers
for the final count at Buchenwald or the specifics of a brand-new

"Love is like infinity. You can't have more or less infinity, and you
can't compare two things to see if they're 'equally infinite.'
Infinity just is, and that's the way I think
Tiffany Cooke
Jun 02, 2012 Tiffany Cooke rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like Mister Rogers
Shelves: 2011, life-issues, advice
The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember by Fred Rogers is a quick read. Each page has a thought or quote from Fred Rogers, better known as Mr. Rogers. Here are a few of his thoughts that resonated with me.
"The thing I remember best about successful people I've met all through the years is their obvious delight in what they're doing...and it seems to have very little to do with worldly success. They just love what they're doing, and they love it in front of others."
-some days doing 'the best we can' may still fall short of what we would like to be able to do, but life isnt perfect - on any front - and doing what we can with what we have is the most we should expect of ourselves or anyone else.
-confronting our feelings and giving them appropriate expression always takes strength, not weakness. it takes strength to acknowledge our anger, and sometimes more strength yet to curb the aggressive urges anger may bring and to channel them into nonviolent outlets.
Oct 28, 2014 Shugabooga rated it it was amazing
The world would be a better place if we all tried to view it through the lens with which Fred Rogers saw it. The assumptions people usually make about Fred are false. He didn't blindly deny people's flaws or say that they shouldn't strive to be better, but he saw the worth and potential of every person. He didn't act as if life is easy, but provided relentless encouragement to the wounded. Fred Rogers could inspire anyone to keep going on life's journey without lying to themselves about their sh ...more
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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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