Ttsburgh to help the start up network with some of its arly programming Rogers began honing his need to speak to children at their level linguistically and Desert Kings (Deathlands, emotionallyven when his ideas clashed with those of his collaborators and bosses Rogers used puppets and wrote many of the songs used on screen to communicate with children and foster a passion King An Officer and a Spy explores a brief sojourn to Canada for the Rogers family where Fred worked with the CBC to develop Mr Rogers the precursor to his highly successful program While Rogers didnjoy some aspects of his time in Canada there were also a number of issues with his young boys that helps push Rogers to return to Pittsburgh though he had no job prospects It was only through hard work and dedication that Fred Rogers could sell his Mr Rogers idea to WED in an Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, expanded format Rogers was able to do so particularly with the backing ofminent child developmental psychologist Dr Margaret McFarland as well as Dr Benjamin Spock and Erik Erikson Pittsburgh was rife with talent and academic genius in the mid 1960s from which Rogers could Ooko easily pluck new andxciting ideas As King reiterates throughout Rogers sought their advice when he launched Mr Rogers Neighborhood and throughout much of his time on the air The show sought to captivate children from 2 5 years of age with simple to digest themes but never shied away from reality choosing not to shield children from topics that would affect them as long as they were presented appropriately This overarching theme Naked endeared Rogers to many children and their families as he pushed to let the child learn in concepts they could understand at a slower pace King spends chaptersxploring the progress that Rogers made with his staple programming including when he hung up his sneakers and cardigan for a time in the mid 70s While Rogers took up seminary studies and was an ordained Presbyterian minister he chose never to instil his Christian views or many of his social sentiments in shows hosting Christmas specials but adding that there are many ways that people celebrate From life on the house set to the World of Make Believe Fred Rogers was constantly trying to help children through themes both subtle and blatant that would help them grow From death to divorce machines to music Fred Rogers brought the word to children one 28 minute Shadow Scale (Seraphina, episode at a time lovingach viewer just the way they were Brilliantly written in ways that touched my heart and brought back so many memories Maxwell King ignites memories of childhood that bring a warm and fuzzy feeling Highly recommended for anyone who wants a stroll down memory lane as well as the reader who wishes to hear all about the inner workings of a great children s Claim The Crown educator I could not wait to get my hands on this book As soon as I started I knew I would be pulled into myarly childhood years taking back to time sitting around #The Television Maxwell King Effectively #television Maxwell King ffectively the story of Fred Rogers and how he changed the lives of so many children by passionately listening to them and not being afraid to ask others for help He chose not to take a condescending approach but advocated for the child from their perspective rather than using his name recognition to force change upon society Fred Rogers grew up in wealth but did not use this to his advantage choosing instead to amass riches in the joy he brought to others King writes in such a fluid manner that the reader is soon
LOST IN THE NARRATIVE AND ISin the narrative and is at very flip of the page King spares no detail in recounting the life In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, events that made Fred Rogers a success but also chose keyvents in his life to better understand the arc Rogers made in public broadcasting and the rights of the child to learn without distraction of advertisement violence or flashy gimmicks As King reiterates throughout Rogers reuired a slower pace and smooth delivery to show children that their pace was the right pace to learn but also chose to include follies into his program underlining the fact that perfection is not part of the learning Bark experience Maxwell King has done much research pulling out countless interviews archived clips of shows and pieces written about Fred Rogers throughout his life all to develop this well rounded biography of a man who uietly took hold on the North American television market from the late 1950s through to 2003 As King writes wherever Fred Rogers went he was swarmed by happy toddlers and young children He was happy to stop and talk to these children be it in his own voice or that of one of the many puppets he brought to life on the show Do stop in the next time you are in the Neighborhood or take Trolley if you feel you need a littlextra direction I know I willKudos Mr King for this sensational piece I found myself tearing up numerous times as I remembered moments from my childhood that were shaped by Fred Rogers He will be missed but your book breathed new and On Such a Full Sea exhilarating life into himLovehate the review Anver growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons a different sort of Book Challenge I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can t finish It s a shame because this could have been so much betterSo DNF for me at 60%. H decades of work It includes his surprising decision to walk away from the show in 1976 to make television for adults only to return to the neighborhood to help children face complex issues such as divorce discipline mistakes anger and competition The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure . First things first I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by LaVar Burton of Reading Rainbow fame so that was immediately Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! excitingSecond my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger s story and 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 life The drawn out descriptions made it hard tonjoy the rich life of a man who played such an important part in the lives of so many people After listening for ten hours I can t imagine how I would have felt reading the same thing over again That aside this book was full of information I hadn t known before Rogers journey into the homes and hearts of so many children is one that was full of drive and originality The man created a bond between many generations in all different kinds of families His need for inclusive Cannibal education of children is one that is commendable I firmly believe that if people were life Fred Rogers we would live in a very different world Paul says he s notven married to mehahaBecause I m sooo meanBut he didn t Mastered (The Enforcers, exactly like this bookither We ve been listening to the audiobook together and I uitI can t take anyI ve had nough talk about how Fred s wealthy family was not pretentious It s pretty asy not to be pretentious when you have a cook a driver a housekeeper and a 2nd house in nantucket YepFred s family were good kind humble down to Alter Ego earth good neighborhoodsI get it Yippy Really wonderful and all that jazzButI wasn t a fan of the show I never sat still to watch anntire show It looked so flat and boringMy kids didn t tune in to Mr Sweater man itherHowever Fred Rogers ma While I didn t grow up watching Mr Rogers sadly I ve since heard so much about himThis book makes all the obvious that he was a decent and good man who wanted to bring positive to veryoneWith that said I can t say this was an Uncommon Wisdom enjoyable read but it was interesting to learn about his life and careerI don t give ratings to this type of book 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 acuaintance Maxwell King allows readers to meet the Fred Rogers from off the air It was a nostalgic trip and has become one of the highlights of my reading yearFred Rogers grew up as an only child loved by his parents and grandparents until the age ofleven when his parents adopted a girl who they always wanted A chubby kid who was often ridiculed by his peers Rogers turned to a make believe world of puppets to help him get through his childhood His parents and maternal grandparents had grown wealthy through hard work and achieved their personal American dream becoming among the wealthiest members of the Latrobe Pennsylvania community in which they lived F I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD I do not need to hear six times in six different contexts about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad I m still reading it because I want to know But I really hope there s a little diting prior to the actual publication dateOR IS THIS JUST HOW AVERAGE ADULT NONFICTION READS I have been spoiled by the likes of the 57 Bus and Vincent and Theo I recently saw the documentary Won t You Be My Neighbor and absolutely loved it Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers Neighborhood growing up it t xactly must see tv for me But learning about this man and how much good he put into the world just really brought up all these Art emotions in me While the film focused primarily on the tv show this book is the definitive Fred Rogers biography to date I was happy to learn about his childhood and whatvents and people helped shape him into such a special man And yes I teared up reading this book as well This is definitely a very thorough biography as it xplores his childhood "EDUCATION THE FAMILY HE RAISED WITH HIS WIFE AND "the family he raised with his wife and course his career There were two things that really stood out to me in particular The first being he came from a family that was very wealthy but incredibly generous to friends mployees and other people in need For sure being raised in that type of Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard environmentnded up having a positive ffect on him and the type of man he became The second thing I found interesting in the book was the talk about Sesame Street I guess I never really had thought about it before how the two shows had very different #styles and how because Sesame Street is marketed in a different way #and how because Sesame Street is marketed in a different way probably will have the nduring legacyOverall I was very pleased with this biography As is mentioned in the book you aren t going to find any dirt on Fred I think the most that can be said about him is he was passionate about his work which might have led to some dis. The definitive biography of Fred Rogers children’s television pioneer and American cultural icon an instant New York Times bestseller Fred Rogers 1928–2003 was an normously influential figure in the history of television As the creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood he was a champion of compassion
Maxwell King Ä 5 ReadAgreements He really was just a good man A man who might have come across as very simple but put a tremendous amount of ffort and thought into When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) everything he did As he is famous for saying Look for the helpers You will always find people who are helping Thank you Mr Rogers for always being a helper 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 ofmpathy fearless No Biggy! enough to be kind Mary Elizabeth Williams journalistNot much needs to be said to introduce a reader of this review to the legendary figure of Fred Rogers Many of us grew up with him those who did not tune into him weekday mornings will likely be familiar with this cherished icon of childhood regardless Whether younjoyed his programming or not I think it would be difficult to deny that he was a kind and generous man who made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and parents alike over the many years that his show was broadcast He was innovative and creative I didn t realize he was such a gifted musician What I knew of Mister Rogers before reading this was limited to what I saw on the screen as a child I happily read this biography and learned so much It is a comprehensive Crush It! examination of his life both professionally and personally from his childhood straight through to his grievous death at the age of seventy five due to his battle with stomach cancer I walked away from this book with anven greater respect for this most gracious human being He Attracting Birds to Your Backyard exemplified a life lived by the Golden Rule Do unto others as you would have them do unto you found in some form in almostvery religion and philosophy through history His lesson is as simple and direct as Fred was Human kindness will always make life betterOver and over again while reading the story of Fred Rogers life I couldn t help but think that we desperately need men and women in our lives with his kind of values his sense of humility and his desire to make all feel welcome and important no matter what among many others I found myself getting a bit teary Deep Listening eyed I did notxpect this to happen I think there is such a lack of true humanity and compassion in much of our country and world right now I feel very troubled for what lies ahead of us what our children and the next generation have to deal with if and people become less and less attuned to the needs of others But then I know there are people with values similar to Fred Rogers out there and I could hear his voice reassuring me with Look for the helpers You will always find people who are helping They are out there somewhere we just need to seek them out Thank you for that bit of hope Mister #RogersTo fairly assess this book I have to admit to one major criticism I had while reading it tended #fairly assess this book I have to admit to one major criticism I had while reading it tended be repetitive I think that it would have been to the reader s benefit had there been a greater condensing of some of the details So for me the narrative itself was perhaps worthy of 335 stars while the story of Fred Rogers undoubtedly Bird-by-Bird Gardening earned the full 5 stars I llven it out with a 4 star rating After all I admire the man from the bottom of my heart When I was a boy I used to think that strong meant having big muscles great physical power but the longer I live the I realize that real strength has much to do with what is not seen Real strength has to do with helping others Fred Rogers I never watched a ton of Mister Roger s Neighborhood growing up I was of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade haven t had cable satellite or streaming since but it s impossible not to recognize this The Works of Saint Augustine endearing guy More than just a famous TV show host Fred Rogers truly did care about his viewers by all acc Hello Neighbour Many of children and adults alike have come to know the wonders of Fred Rogers during a long career in children sducation television Maxwell King seeks to revive an interest in Mr Rogers and his xtensive impact that touched the lives of thousands over a career that spanned six decades The young Fred Rogers was uite introverted and bullied choosing to hide away in his family s third floor home where he had his own puppet theatre King writes
OF HOW ROGERS WOULD USE HIShow Rogers would use his with puppets to work out many of his motions away from those who may judge or mock him Rogers was an attentive student and did well in school but had trouble finding his niche in college It was only when he travelled to Florida that Rogers was able to complete a degree in music that he felt himself completely satisfied My Teacher Is a Robot especially since it was there that he met his wife Returning to Pittsburgh Rogers discovered the new medium of television and noticed just how horrible it was lacking anything substantial for children Thus began Rogers lifelong mission to create children s programming that wouldducate and Supper Club entertain inual measure Rogers moved to New York with his new wife to hone his skills as he worked for NBC He learned some of the tricks of the trade while also discovering many of the pitfalls of trying to develop programming King xplores how Rogers discovered the importance of speaking directly to the child through the television creating a one on one relationship to better connect and deliver his message When WED came calling Rogers returned to Pi. Uality and kindness fiercely devoted to children and taking their uestions about the world seriously The Good Neighbor is the first full length biography of Fred Rogers Based on original interviews oral histories and archival documents The Good Neighbor traces Rogers’s personal professional and artistic life throug.