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Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  483 ratings  ·  106 reviews
A picture book biography about Fred Rogers, the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Fred Rogers was a quiet boy with big feelings. Sometimes, he felt scared or lonely; at other times, he was playful and joyous. But when Fred’s feelings felt too big, his Grandfather McFeely knew exactly what to say to make him feel better: I like you just the way you are.

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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mister Roger's fans
I love the artwork used to tell the story in this. I also love the focus on expressing ones feelings. One of the lines is: " Worry, fretted and fussed... and faded Sadness wailed and whimpered... and waned. Anger crashed and clattered... and calmed." Some those words bring up the emotions.

This is a great story. Fred was a lonely kid with asthma. His grandfather helped him with is self-esteem saying "You made this day a really special day just by being yourself... and I happen to like you just th
This was such a phenomenal picture book about a man that definitely that impacted my childhood. I think that a lot people are coming out with various things that reflect the life of Mister Rogers; however, I often struggle with reading non-fiction so this was a great starter place for me as an adult. I learned a lot. I didn't even realize that Mister Rogers had a TV show in Canada before he piloted Mister Rogets Neighborhood. I also didn't know that he stood before congress and argued for fundin ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Fred's Big Feelings is the story of the life of Mister Rogers, a pioneer and leader in children's programming on television. Author Laura Renauld focuses on the ways Rogers saw that one person can influence another person and on Rogers' early efforts at helping children build their emotional skills by the use of labeling one's feelings and learning to control them. The book is as inviting and warm as Fred Rogers was himself. ...more
Lindsey Rojem
I read this for the "An Author Whose Last Name Starts With The Same Initial As Yours" part of my 2020 reading challenge. I thought this was very well done. I grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, but I knew nothing about the story behind the show or of Fred himself. In only 40 pages Laura Renauld was able to highlight Fred's life in a way that is easy to relate to for all ages. It really showed his kindness and strength and his desire to help everyone. I loved how he treated everyone equ ...more
Glenys Nellist
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In an easy-to-read, simple, style Laura Renauld tells the extraordinary story of the legendary Mister Rogers and makes his message of love and acceptance accessible to a new generation of children. A book as welcoming as Mister Roger's neighborhood itself, and every bit as powerful, 'Fred's Big Feelings' will help children know they are loved just as they are. This lovely new text belongs on every classroom bookshelf and in every home. ...more
Laura Harrison
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Fred's Big Feelings does a wonderful job covering every important aspect of Fred Roger's life. I was pleasantly surprised by how much Laura Renauld included. Accompanied by fantastic illustrations. A marvelous addition to a children or book collector's library. ...more
Alex  Baugh
And what better day to look at the life and legacy of Fred Rogers A/K/A Mister Rogers. OK, it is an unconventional book for Valentines Day, but it is a day for love and we’ve heard a lot about Fred Rogers lately and all of it stressing was a caring, compassionate man he was. But who was he really and how did he become the famous man on TV that children loved for more than 50 years of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood?

Author Laura Renauld begins Fred's story by inviting the reader onto the set of the
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked the book and learning about Fred's life (I haven't seen the movie yet). However, I'm unsure about how much interest children would have in this book, especially ones that haven't seen his show. ...more
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Is it possible to ever read anything about Fred Rogers and not get a little misty-eyed?

In short, I shouldn't have read this at work, is what I'm saying.
A.J. Irving
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pb-bio
I loved watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood while I was growing up. It was such a comforting program, and so is this picture book biography about Fred Rogers’ incredible life. The simple text and colorful illustrations invite readers to explore a variety of feelings, just as Mr. Rogers’ did on his show. This heartwarming book delivers a wonderful message about self-love: “There’s only one person in the world like you, and people can like you exactly as you are.” FRED’S BIG FEELINGS: THE LIFE AND L ...more
Erin Buhr
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and as a parent appreciate his philosophies about childhood and education even more. Fred Rogers was a special person and that is well depicted on the pages on this biography. I love the theme of expressing feelings that runs throughout the book. One of the many things Rogers did was teach us that feelings are normal and need to be talked about and expressed appropriately. That message glows from these pages and I hope it will be used to start conve ...more
Abby Johnson
This picture book biography illustrates the life of Fred Rogers, especially looking through the lens of the feelings that Rogers experienced since acknowledging and honor children's feelings is how Rogers built his career. When he was a child, Fred felt sad, scared, and lonely when he was bullied by other children and isolated due to his asthma. He reflected on those feelings and dedicated his life to helping children experience and manage their own feelings in order to grow up to be caring adul ...more
Laura (Book Scrounger)
My kids have seen a few episodes of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, but they didn't grow up watching it almost every weekday like I did, so this book was a great opportunity to introduce them to a special part of the childhood of me and many other children in the US at that time. This book does a great job of discussing some major events of Fred Rogers' life as they relate to the creation of his show and the motivations of his life mission, without dragging the narrative down with information. It cont ...more
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a walk through my childhood of watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood (though I have to confess that Lady Elaine kind of scared me). I loved learning more about Mr. Rogers' background, and seeing all that he did to make his TV show a success.

The story is well-written, and perfect for children, and the art is just right to bring out the real and the make-believe of Mr. Rogers' world.

What I loved most was the focus on feelings. Feelings are normal. We all need to learn how to express our
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was not a fan of Mister Rogers as a kid. He talked too slowly and I didn’t like the cardigans. But this beautiful, well written picture book is an interesting account of his life. It accomplishes two things. On the one hand, we learn about Mr. Rogers’ “life and legacy,” like the title says. On the other, it is a book about feelings and emotions. These words are in italics throughout the text, and are cleverly interspersed in the story so that we learn about Mr. Rogers through his emotions. A b ...more
Sandy Brehl
Another resource has joined the recent collection of books, documentaries, and movies about a man who is rightly recognized as heroic- not for a cape or battle cry but for following his heart and commitment to making the world a better place.
Lisa D
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 I just wanna feel like I'm watching his work all the time. ::sigh:: ...more
Ben Truong
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers is a children's picture book written by Laura Renauld and illustrated by Brigette Barrager. It is an account of the life of this humble giant of children's television.

Fred McFeely Rogers was an American television host, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was the creator, showrunner, and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran from 1968–2001.

Renauld's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, a
Aug 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
My kids love Mr Rogers' Neighborhood, so they liked seeing it in print, and maybe this is helpful if a kid is looking for a biography of Mr Rogers, but just as a picture book, it is very dull. If a reader had not seen the show, I don't think this book would inspire them to watch it. Maybe I'm missing the point, but as a standalone book, this was lacking. ...more
Baby Bookworm
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Hello, friends! Our book today is Fred’s Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers, written by Laura Renauld and illustrated by Brigette Barrager, a loving tribute to the incomparable Fred Rogers’ life and work.

“Hello, neighbor!” the book begins, and welcomes the reader into a familiar television living room set. While we remember Fred Rogers as “America’s favorite television neighbor,” he was once a child; bullied and ignored for his weight and shyness, isolated by childhood illness, a
Tonja Drecker
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a beginning biography which highlights one of the most children friendly, concerned television personalities to hit the screens.

Mister Roger's Neighborhood was a part of my childhood as much as brushing my teeth or evening prayers. It was a treat to watch him, and today, as an adult, my respect for him has grown. This book does a wonderful job at taking several basic highlights from his life and surrounding them in exactly the atmosphere, which Fred Rogers radiated to the world. This alo
Maria Marshall
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book examines Fred Rogers' life and advocacy, within the framework of his beloved show. It begins in the second person, inviting the reader behind the scenes of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood. The almost child-like, 2-dimensional illustrations enhance the feeling of a child watching the show unfold.
Then, after examining how isolation, bullying, and asthma filled his childhood with sadness, fear, and loneliness, Renauld explores Fred's discovery that music and his Grandfather's message, "You made
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This picture book biography offers a glimpse into the childhood of Mister Rogers along with a look at how he created his legendary program for children. Fred grew up a shy boy whose asthma kept him indoors. He found a way to express himself through music by playing the piano. In 1951, Fred saw children’s television and realized that he could perhaps use this new medium to explain to them how special they really are. By 1954, Fred had his first TV show on a local community-supported channel. It w ...more
I grew up watching Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, and I think it is awesome that there are so many biographical books and movies celebrating his career and ministry through children's television. This wonderful picture book biography uses colorful illustrations and interesting narrative text to share his life story with young readers. I like that the author points out that Fred Rogers was a shy child with health issues that required him to stay indoors a lot. Fred found ways to manage his emotions in ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Growing up in Vancouver, Canada, in the 1970s, I never watched Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood (we had a Canadian knock-off called Mr. Dressup…LOL!). I learned of him when I was an adult and moved to the U.S. However, I really knew nothing *about* him, only of his reputation. This special picture book by Laura Renauld examines the life of this iconic figure in a sensitive, child-friendly way…a way that is truly representative of the way he lived his life and did his show: by examining all the different ...more
A brightly colored, clear, and concise introduction to a man who understood that feelings must be dealt with, not suppressed. His kindness was big and genuine, and despite sometimes coming across as childish (his was not a show I watched as a kid), the honest caring that he constantly displays is something that more people should aspire to. And at his core he held strong beliefs, evidenced by his unrelenting activism on behalf of quality content for kids. He was not afraid to address the cynical ...more
Meera Sriram
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story follows the life of Fred, a little boy with a kaleidoscope of feelings. Just like any of us. But as Fred grows up to realize the value of channelizing big feelings the right way, he decides to make a television show about it, eventually becoming a nation's "next-door-neighbor." Author Laura Renauld has done an excellent job highlighting the emotions that are intrinsic to all of us. In simple words, she presents every important moment and milestone in Fred's life and in his incredible ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In the beautiful story behind the man of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, readers will learn how Fred Rogers changed the world and how we view it, one accepting step at a time. From a child who was teased and taunted to man a man who believed in his dreams, Fred Rogers fought to share what he believed in- “It’s normal to have feelings. It’s good to talk about feelings.”
A book for any fan of the man, the show, or wants his incredible legacy to continue. Fred’s Big Feelings explores the life, purpose, a
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I was pleased tonfind a book about Fred Rogers. My four year old daughter loves old episodes of Mr. Rogers neighborhood and is a fan. She even got excited seeing his name in the dedication page of one of Eric Carle’s books.

However, we were both somewhat disappointed in the execution. This book felt more like a nostalgia book aimed adults than a book meant to interest a child, if that makes sense. It also felt choppy and didn’t flow well for me.

Unsurprisingly, my daughter only asked me to read t
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