Were you welcomed into Mr. Roger’s cozy home, and met with honesty, respect, and love when you were young? Do you want to welcome your own children into that world?
Hello, Neighbor!: The Kind and Caring World of Mister Rogers, by Matthew Cordell, tells the story of how that cozy home became part of America’s story.
From the first page, Cordell draws you into that story using illustrations of the iconic trolly, which appears on the copyright page, and the model town which is seen on the first page. He also beautifully depicts Fred playing the piano, out of which comes ideas, words, and faces along with the epigraph: “It’s our insides that make us who we are, that allow us to dream and wonder and feel for others. That’s what’s essential. That’s what will always make the biggest difference in our world.” ~ Fred Rogers.
This is the only authorized picture book biography of Fred Rogers, which came about with help from Fred Rogers Productions. It tells the story of his life leading up to and including the creation of the Mister Roger’s Neighborhood TV show using straightforward text paired with detailed illustrations, often including captions.
Fred hoped to make the world a better place, allow children to feel all the feelings, encourage exploration about the world and all it contained, using his show, which he starred in, and oversaw. He used his many talents to draw children in and create a bright spot in the history of children’s television in America.
The publisher, Neal Porter Books (Holiday House) has a downloadable teacher guide to help parents and teachers with discussion and project ideas.
This is truly a delightful read. Thank you BookTrib for sending us our copy. It will be treasured in our home.
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