Fred Rogers (19282003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of tens of millions of children. As the creator and star of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, he was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. Rogers was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously.The Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogerss personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, TheGood Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, ...
|Title||:||The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers|
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The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers Reviews
The Good Neighbor is a tenderly, written homage to a well-know, yet obscure figure, but subsequently, is far to long and overly repetitive.
This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton.
I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when I saw on my goodreads feed a few months back that a new biography on Fred Rogers would be published this year, I knew that it was a book I just had to read. The Good Neighbor, written by a longtime Rogers acquaint ...more
I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for.
If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to license any merchandise. He kept an extensive correspondence with the educational psychologists and teachers of his day, and the section which analyzes how he frames a sentence was a brilliant illustration of his tech ...more
I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it’s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of his own. King’s loving portrait shines a light on the complexity of Rogers’s life while also revealing that off-camera there was a man just as kind and tender as he appeared on screen. THE GOOD NEIGHBOR is a biography ...more
First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting.
Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger’s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetitive, almost as if the author wanted the book to be longer than it needed to be. Several times as the listener I am told the SAME THING. I found this disappointing because it took away from the narrative of Fred Rogers li ...more
What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don’t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone remembers the man in the cardigan but no one knew him. After reading this book I feel like I know him and more than that, I miss him. I wish that I had incorporated him into my child’s life at a young age. I wish I c ...more
"One of the most radical figures of contemporary history never ran a country or led a battle...He became a legend by wearing a cardigan and taking off his shoes...Rogers was a genius of empathy...fearless enough to be kind." -Mary Elizabeth Williams
5 stars for Mr. Rogers and his quiet, fantastic life.
3-4 stars for the writing being a little repetitive in places.
Holy shmokes, folks. This biography made me laugh, it made me cry, and it made me want to be a better person. The book starts with co ...more