A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers
Published March 19th 2019 by Quirk Books
Mr. Rogers was one of the greatest television shows that my kids watched. His gentleness, positive outlook and simple stories captured the attention of my children. When my grandchildren come over, they watch Daniel Tiger, a series developed from one of his skits. I loved these poems, they are so encouraging and positive. Though they are written as poems, they were actually songs from the series, Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. I can hear Mr. Rogers voice as I read them. I have been reading them to my grandson when he comes over and we are not rushing, but reading one or two at a time and talking about them. Things like it is okay to be sad sometimes, it’s not what you wear that I like. Dealing with emotions is not the easiest thing to do and this book helps teach children about that. The illustrations were also well done and matched the poems well. This is a book that should be in every family library. I know I am buying one for my grandchildren. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon my request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Book: For the first time ever, 75 beloved songs from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and The Children’s Corner are collected in this charmingly illustrated treasury, sure to be cherished by generations of children as well as the millions of adults who grew up with Mister Rogers.
It’s you I like.
It’s not the things you wear,
It’s not the way you do your hair—
But it’s you I like.
From funny to sweet, silly to sincere, the lyrics of Mister Rogers explore such universal topics as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, imagination, and more. Through these songs—as well as endearing puppets and honest conversations—Mister Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught children that they are loved, just as they are. Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time alone, this beautiful book of meaningful poetry is for every child—including the child inside of every one of us.
About the Author: Fred McFeely Rogers was an American educator, minister, songwriter, and television host. Rogers was the host of the television show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, in production from 1968 to 2001. Rogers was also an ordained Presbyterian minister.