The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

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Thorndike Press, Sep 5, 2018 - Biography & Autobiography - 630 pages
Fred Rogers (1928-2003) 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 Rogers's 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, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.

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User Review  - bness2 - LibraryThing

A very feel good read. If you have ever appreciated Mister Rogers even a little, this will warm your heart. Makes me wish we still had him around. Read full review

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User Review  - JReynolds1959 - LibraryThing

If anyone thinks that Fred Rogers was not as real as he was on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, they need to read this book. I remember my littlest just being spell-bound by that show, never wanting to ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Maxwell King is the CEO of the Pittsburgh Foundation. After a career in journalism, including eight years as editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, King served as president of the Pittsburgh-based Heinz Endowments for nearly a decade.

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