AUTHOR: Laura Renauld
ILLUSTRATOR: Bridgette Barrager
PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster
JACKET COPY: Fred Rogers was a quiet boy with big feelings. Sometimes, he felt scared or lonely, other times, he was joyous. When Fred's feelings seemed too big, his grandfather McFeeley knew exactly what to say to make him better: "I like you just the way you are."
Fred grew up and created Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the television program that warmed the homes of millions. But one day the government threatened cut funding for public television, including Fred's show.
So Fred stepped off the set and into a hearing on Capital Hill to make his feelings known.
In this portray full of feeling, Laura Renauld and award-winning illustrator Brigette Barrager tell the story of Mr. Rogers, a quiet , compassionate hero whose essential message still resonates today.
Hello, neighbor! It's a beautiful day. Come in. Look around. What do you see?
This is the closet filled with Mr. Rogers' cardigans. His mother knitted each one! And here's where he changes his shoes. Sneakers are more comfy, don't you think?
THREE REASONS TO READ
1. Many children will identify with the boy in this book and how he felt as a child.
2. Woven throughout are thoughts and inspirations about getting in touch with one's feelings, understanding them, sharing them and understanding others.
3. Mr. Roger's story is interesting and inspiring.
BONUS REASON: Honestly, this book gave me all the feels. It had an accessible main character and his story was written and portrayed in an engaging way that's understandable and accessible to the child reader. The illustrations are wonderful, with such heart and drive. I give a big round of applause to the author and illustrator for this wonderful treatment of a complex and even at times cutting edge, but beloved public figure. You don't have to be a fan of Mr. Rogers to see his positive impact on the world and LOVE this book!
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Review by Lynne Marie
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