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Kindness and Wonder
Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever | Gavin Edwards
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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 marvels of the world, the things that worried them, and above all, the importance of being themselves. Dressed in his cardigan and sneakers, Fred Rogers offered a wholesome message of generosity and love that changed the landscape of television and shaped a generation of children. Kindness and Wonder pays tribute to this cultural icon: the unique, gentle man who embodied the best of what we could be. Looking back at the history of the show and the creative visionary behind it, pop culture aficionado Gavin Edwards reminds us of the indelible lessons and insights that Mister Rogers conveyedwhat it means to be a good person, to be open-hearted, to be thoughtful, to be curious, to be compassionateand why they matter. Beautifully crafted, infused with Mister Rogers gentle spirit, and featuring dozens of interviews with people whose lives were touched by Fred Rogersranging from Rita Moreno to NFL Hall of Famer Lynn SwannKindness and Wonder is a love letter to this unforgettable cultural hero and role model, and the beautiful neighborhood he created.
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fredthemoose
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Mehso-so

This was okay. Endearing look at Mr. Rogers, who truly seemed like a lovely man, but maybe a little too fawning. There was no conflict or struggle—I found it pleasant but not compelling. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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A sweet book about an incredibly inspirational man. I enjoyed hearing about how “the Neighborhood” arose and the glimpses of Fred Rogers‘s humor behind the camera. I didn‘t care for Mister Roger‘s Neighborhood as a child (Sesame Street was my jam), but find myself seeking to be more like him as an adult and parent of young children. We may not share a belief system, but there is a lot to learn from Rogers about just being a good human. 3.5⭐️

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Roary47
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5✨ We start with a history of Fred Roger‘s. Then it gives 10 tips to live and love like Mr Roger‘s. As a neighbor this story warmed my heart just as I felt when I was watching the show. The tips I learned can help me in my classroom and as a mom to young kids. Thank you Mr Rogers for your legacy. Read for #LMPBC @suvata @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @fredthemoose @mnjacques #GroupS

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TheSpineView
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Eggs Miss him❤️👏🏻 8mo
ElizaMarie I miss his kindness so very much! WE need another Mr. Rodgers right now. 8mo
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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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I just finished The Green Mile last night, which I enjoyed much more than I thought I would. I‘m ready to let go of the intensity of death row and serial killers, and move onto something much happier, about a man who “likes me just the way I am.” #MrRogers #Wontyoubemyneighbor?#Letsmakethemostofthisbeautifulday

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monalyisha
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I‘ve read many books about Mister Rogers this year. It‘s difficult to review each one separately; my reading of one informs the other. While this text isn‘t as exhaustive as the Max King bio, I found it more readable. Edwards effectively conveys the mission of Fred Rogers‘s work & life: “He fervently hoped that it...helped give meaning to the lives of the children watching — or more precisely, that it gave them the capacity to find that meaning.”

monalyisha Note: I didn‘t like the illustrations by R. Sikoryak. There‘s one, in particular, where Mister Rogers is lacking a nose that is especially off-putting. 😳 1y
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monalyisha
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OMG. This book implies that Mister Rogers & Captain Kangaroo once planned to open a school for Children‘s Educators/Entertainers. It‘s now one of my life‘s greatest regrets that it never happened.

I want to put graduation from “The Rogers-Kangaroo Institute” on my resume in the same way that I once wanted to attend Divinity School so I could say I was “studying to become a divinity.” The Rogers-Kangaroo Institute?! It sounds so lovely & absurd!

DrexEdit I 💖 Captain Kangaroo! What an amazing school that would have been! 1y
monalyisha @DrexEdit I can‘t tell if it‘s really something they discussed or just a joke that the author‘s making based on their shared philosophies but...what a missed opportunity! (edited) 1y
DGRachel 😭😭 I loved both shows as a child. What a beautiful school that would have been! 1y
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CocoReads I would have went to that school even though I‘m not in education. I loved both shows too. 1y
JackOBotts Captain Kangaroo was a favorite growing up! Love seeing other fans afoot! My parents likely still have those VHS tapes in the house. 1y
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 I have this book. I packed it to go on a trip a few months ago and decided on something else. Definitely intend to go back to it at some point though. I love Mr. Rogers and Captain Kangaroo. 1y
monalyisha @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 I‘ve been doing sort of a deep dive on Mister Rogers, so I‘d be hard-pressed to review this one on its own (since it‘s informed by the big biography of him that I read by Max King. But I will say that this one‘s better written). 1y
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monalyisha
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“We were very devoted, because we realized we were not in anything we could quit, somehow. We had stumbled into somebody‘s mission for children,” Betty Aberlin said. “If you‘re the color yellow in Van Gogh‘s paintings, you can‘t quit.”

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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I‘m going on a real vacation for the first time in what feels like an eternity. My mom‘s advice was to pack “only the essentials and we can borrow/buy whatever else we need”. Well, looks like I‘m done packing! 🥰✈️🏝

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️📚❤️ 2y
OriginalCyn620 ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Jen2
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So lovely!!!

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Rob2586
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An absolutely fantastic read! The first half of the book is, more or less, about the life and career Fred Rogers, while the other half of the book consists of powerful life lessons we could all learn from the incredibly kind man Rogers was. I absolutely adored this book!