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The World According to Mister Rogers: Important Things to Remember

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  1,283 ratings  ·  171 reviews
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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Reese
NOW -- ALMOST TWO YEARS LATER

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...more
Mary Tuley
Aug 11, 2007 Mary Tuley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everybody!
I don't think the world will ever recuperate from losing Mr. Rogers.
Jessica
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}:

"Pa...more
April Thompson
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
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
Janet
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.
Tyler
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.
Ashley FL
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.
Todd
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...more
Unbridled
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
Denise
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...more
Michael Armijo
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'.
Avery
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...more
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...more
Megan
Mister Rogers can sum up a topic and give advice in so few words with such impact and eloquence.
Shugabooga
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
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
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
bridge."

"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...more
Tiffany Cooke
Jun 02, 2012 Tiffany Cooke rated it 3 of 5 stars
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."
...more
Laurla2
-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....more
Cecilia
I for one really enjoyed reading this book, especially the introduction letter written by Joanne Rogers. I grew up watching Mr Rogers on PBS kids, and clearly remember all of his kind words of advise on how to be a good neighbor, friend, and overall person to those around you. He was an amazing person that seemed genuinely kind, and even though many of us never had the chance to meet him, this book gives you the next best thing and allows you to understand him and his personality much more. The...more
Ashley
I owe the start of my violin playing experience to Mr. Rogers. It was because of an episode about string instruments that my 3 1/2 year old self told my mom that I wanted to play the violin. (I owe the rest of my violin experience to my mom who willingly agreed to finance and put the time into not only my learning to play the violin but my 4 siblings as well. Thanks Mom for a priceless gift!) So when I saw this cute book on my friend's bookshelf, I had to borrow it. Mr. Rogers is an amazing man...more
Kim
I remember watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood when I was a child. I liked the routine, structure, puppets and songs. I found his voice very calming and he seemed so sincere. I am glad that I read this book. It was like the little girl in me was re-awakened and I felt safe. There is so much inspiration to be gathered from Mister Rogers. I highly encourage everyone to read this book.
Greg
I feel so good!

I started reading this last night and finished it this morning at the gym. I had tears in my eyes on the elliptical machine and didn't feel self-conscious in the least because I had just gotten the biggest pep talk of my life about being myself and feeling good about it. Powerful stuff.

I was ready to be turned off by the excerpt format, but it works so well. I credit Mister Rogers' dedication to the simple message. Every morsel of wisdom is bite-sized, yet perfectly complete.

.....more
Eileen Dougherty
Feb 10, 2008 Eileen Dougherty rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Eileen by: My mother-in-law
Shelves: love
I will always love Mr. Rogers. He was the grandfather I never had. I always thought he was speaking directly to ME before I was old enough to understand TV. This is a lovely collection that will not only warm your heart from memories of his lifetime of contribution but will fill you with hope. I still miss him.
We gave this book to my husband for Father's Day. He can be incredibly misanthropic (and I mean that in a nice way) but BOY did he EVER like Mr. Rogers as a kid. Now, even though he wants...more
Steve H
This 75 minute recording has music by Mr. Rogers, a nice foreward by Mrs. Rogers, some recordings of Mr. Rogers talking at different events or for PSAs, and then a bunch of thought provoking tidbits that Mr. Rogers wrote that are read by John Lithgow, Lily Tomlin, Tyne Daly, and Andre Watts. The audio presentation is enjoyable because you get to hear these people's voices. However, this book is suited to more reflection than linear listening, and I frequently wished I had a pause button on the C...more
Kristine
I loved this book! I actually cried when Mr. Rogers said "I like you just the way you are." This man was such huge part of my childhood and now I appreciate his wisdom, gentleness and kindness even more.
Tonya Jyll
The warmth that I felt when I watched the "Mister Rogers Neighborhood" television show jumped off of these pages and into my heart again! I loved Mister Rogers and I loved reading his words of wisdom.
Christina
The World According to Mister Rogers has earned my first 5 star rating. I am always searching for people who have already learned so many of life's lessons and are willing to share their wisdom. Fred Rogers was a living exemplification of a heartfelt teacher,and this book holds true to his simple teaching style. His quotes are timeless and will continue to teach for generations to come:
All life events are formative. All contribute to what we become, year by year, as we go on growing. As my fri
...more
Theresa
I didn't watch Mr. Rogers much as a child, but I have grown to appreciate him much more as an adult. Despite what people may think based on his soft-spoken demeanor and trademark cardigan, he was a strong individual, and very courageous. He knew himself well and understood his purpose in life. That purpose rings through in this short, oh, so readable book. I read it at least once a year as a pick-me-up, and as a reminder that there are some people in the world who care about others. Usually, I r...more
Suburban Homeschooler
So much here to process. The quotes related to feelings and those related to disabilities are so thought provoking. Really enjoyable.
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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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