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Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever

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A pop culture celebration of Fred Rogers and the enduring legacy of his beloved, award-winning PBS show Mister Rogers Neighborhood that offers essential wisdom to help us in our troubled times.

Wont you be my neighbor?

For more than thirty years, Fred Rogers was a beloved fixture in American homes. Warm and welcoming, he spoke directly to childrenand their parentsabout the
ebook, 224 pages
Published October 29th 2019 by Dey Street Books
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
2019; Dey Street Books/Harper Collins

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.
Fred Rogers

I listened to Kindness and Wonder at work, as the news and warnings of Covid-19 were ramping up. A day before places were going through closure, yet I was still expected to take transit and come into work - in a college. As disappointing and heartbreaking stories of people being
Deborah Bausmith
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ive been a big fan of Mr. Rogers since my kids were little and watched him on television. On a personal note, Tim, my youngest, enjoyed Incredible Hulk on television. But when Dr. Banner changed into the hulk, he ran to his bedroom until Hulk was human again. All this changed when Mr. Rogers interviewed Lou Ferrigno, who played the angry Green Giant, as he was putting on his make-up. From that point on Tim had no problems.

Id read a previous biography about him, had also seen a documentary about
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The author divides this book into two parts: the first is a biography of Fred Rogers, and the second is ways we can all emulate Mr. Rogers. He has a chapter on two other famous men from Pittsburgh: Andy Warhol and George Romero. Who knew that George Romero, famed director of the cult classic Night of the Living Dead, had made films for Picture Picture? I thought, however, that including Warhol seemed like pointless padding. Thoughtful prose and interesting anecdotes combine to make this a ...more
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you grew up in any time from the 60s through the 2000s there is a very good chance that you are familiar with Fred Rogers from Mister Rogers Neighborhood. The Neighborhood was a slow-moving island of wonderfully warm and life-affirming television in a sea of noise and chaos outside, hosted by a man with a unique charm and ability to bring calmness to every moment.

His gentle manner, his complete honesty and sincerity and desire to help children have made him a beloved figure that touched the
Joanna Jennings
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Rogers was an interesting man. I was surprised by how often and to what extent he was made fun of, yet he stayed humbly committed to his purpose.

The chapter about loving your neighbors was strange and boring (Andy who?). There was some language and adult content at different spots. I guess its popular these days to speculate about who was probably gay. 🙄🙄

The subtitle of the book is really misleading because he does not explain why Mr. Rogers matters now more now than ever. The first part of the
Michelle Woodman
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book overall - it had some new insights into and stories about Mr. Rogers I enjoyed.

Just a note there were some typos- namely the year Mr. Rogers died (it was listed as 2004 when it was actually 2003) and subsequently the year of his final
public speaking engagement was then also off by a year. Also, it was John Candy who played Julia Child in the referenced SCTV sketch, and not Catherine OHara.

A nice read if youre looking for a condensed biography and some new stories about the
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book about Mister Rogers and the work he did on his show and how he lived his life! He does matter more now than ever, and I hope everyone who reads this is able to live just a little bit more like him, myself included. I had a few minor quibbles with the structure of the book (e.g. the first half of the book, which tells his life story, isn't broken into chapters or sections, its just 130 straight pages of his life), but that didn't diminish my enjoyment.
Bryan Borgman
I grew up watching Mister Rogers. I introduced all three of my daughters to Mister Rogers in their preschool years and often watched it with them. This book brought back a lot of memories and really delved into the character and nature of Fred Rogers and his mission in life. If you grew up in Fred's Neighborhood like I did, I highly recommend this book. If you never visited the Neighborhood, this book will serve as a fantastic overview of what you missed out on.
Kelly Kent
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a really inspirational story and as a friend wrote, a much-needed balm in this turbulent times.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was everything I hoped it would be. A balm for the soul.
Ms. Yingling
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Public library copy

Sure, I read this because I was THE target demographic for Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, but this ended up being a fantastic biography of an amazing television pioneer. I have 6th graders starting research for National History Day, and Rogers would make a fantastic subject for the theme of Breaking Barriers!

The biography section of this is only 142 pages, but it is certainly complete and covers everything from early life to the production of all of Rogers' television programs.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it
I definitely learned a lot about Mister Rogers from this book. Im from the Pittsburgh area and was actually lucky enough to hear him speak at a college graduation. There wasnt a dry eye in the building. He truly was a special guy and he knew how to make people feel good about themselves.

This book is broken into two sections. The first part talks about how Mister Rogers became who he was. Its about his life and his career. Its really amazing how much he put into making the episodes right for
Rebecca Foster
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a 90s baby meant that I got to catch the tail end of the Mister Rogers Neighborhood tv show. I love a good, nostalgic read.

Fred Rogers was such a noteworthy person who made a big difference in childrens tv and this book did a wonderful job showing that. Sometimes its nice to read a book that makes you feel warm and happy inside. The novel was divided in two parts, the first takes the reader through Freds story and the second part connects Mister Rogers philosophies with living a
Victoria Rodríguez
I liked this book a lot because it explains more about Fred Rogers' life, aspects I didn't know. He was an amazing person, I never saw his programs, maybe I was too young or I wasn't even born yet. I'm happy I read about the history of Mr Rogers, I can understand better why he was very important for American television. He transmitted positiveness in a world full of chaos and violence. The author, in this book, gives advice based on the philosophy of Mr Rogers. This book described in a very ...more
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2019
This book made me weep so that alone grants it the coveted 5 star rating.

This book is split into two halves. The first half is a traditional biography of Mister Rogers. The second half distills the teaching of Mister Rogers into ten bullet points and gives us hope to be able to follow the example of Mister Rogers. In a world somewhat lacking in hope, this book was a much needed balm for my weary soul.
Sandra Sikora
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great, uplifting bio! The world is a better place for Mister Rogers having been in it. So many stories in this book about his reaching out to people where he recognized their need for comforting. He endured teasing (bullying?) as a child and as an adult and perhaps that made him even more empathetic and a stronger person. Excellent read!
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, but I didnt feel like it offered much more insight than the Mr. Rogers documentary that came out a couple of years ago. I probably enjoyed the documentary more, but it never hurts to revisit Mr. Rogers. Mr. Rogers will always be an inspiration to me, and if I ever need comfort or feel re-centered, all I have to do is turn on one of his reruns. ...more
Star Davis
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great trip down memory lane. I learned much about Mr.Rogers life but what I knew was unchanged...he will forever be an authority on what is best for children. As others have mentioned, I could have done without the chapters about Andy Warhol and George Romero. ...more
Shannan Harper
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book into the life of one of our most beloved characters. There were a lot of things I didn't know about. I really enjoyed this book to the point I couldn't put it down. They did a great job with this book.

I received a copy of this book via edelweiss and am voluntarily leaving a review
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
The writing was engaging and the topic one I personally needed. I liked the 10 points about how to turn Mr. Rogers's lessons into action.
Dre McDermott
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Just OK, was a little too cutesy and moralistic to feel relatable.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My new favorite Mister Rogers memoir (Ive read them all)! Still a feel-good inspirational collection of stories, this one gives even more real person vibes than others Ive read, full of funny behind-the-scenes stories from fellow cast members and others in Rogers life. ...more
Stan Yan
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There are parts of this book that honestly brought a tear to my eye. As a childrens book author, I think this book made me think about my craft a bit deeper. I highly recommend it to authors and non-authors alike. ...more
Evil Secret Ninja
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great tribute to a childhood fiend. It is nice to know some people and just decent and kind and although not perfect dedicated his life to helping children. I can see how important many of the ideas in the book are today in a world where there is so much negativity.
Zachary Houle
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
It seems as though the world has gone to hell in a handbasket. Every day, when I open Twitter even though I dont follow him Ill invariably run into Donald Trumps latest incendiary Tweet and feel nothing but rage at how a country could ever elect such a dinkledork as him. Its hard to believe that a person such as Mr. Rogers ever existed, but this new book, Kindness and Wonder, manages to resurrect the man, now 15 years gone, and make you believe that there is goodness in the world. The first ...more
Nov 11, 2019 rated it liked it
So I love Mr. Rodgers enough to finish the book to glean a tidbit here or there. Otherwise the author didnt bring anything new to the table and added weird chapters like Andy Warhol, maybe to have enough length for a book. ...more
Any book that makes me tear up gets all the stars.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Its the way Fred Rogers led his life that encourages us to follow him. This book is full of stories about Mister Rogers life. I read them filled with amazement at the way Mister Rogers showed kindness to others and approached life with childlike wonder.

Ten Ways to Live More Like Mister Rogers Right Now

Be deep and simple.
Be kind to strangers.
Make a joyful noise.
Tell the truth.
Connect with other people every way you can.
Love your neighbors.
Find the light in the darkness.
Always see the best in
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I swear to god I only have to see the letters R O G E R S to start crying. Another great read about such a great man.
Adam Shields
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Half biography, half inspirational insights into how to learn from Mister Rogers. 

I am not unfamiliar with Mister Rogers' story. In addition to regularly watching old episodes of his TV show with my four and six-year-old, I have read four books by or about in over the past couple of years and watch several documentaries. But in spite of the familiarity, I continue to want to pick up books about him because, as the subtitle suggests, Mister Rogers continues to matter.

The full biography,
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