A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Ages: 6 - 8Publisher: Quirk Books Author: Fred RogersIllustrator: Luke Flowers

Fred Rogers packed a great deal of child-affirming, child-empowering messages in the original songs he wrote during his 30-plus years hosting his iconic children’s television series, “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The lyrics to those songs—and to a handful from his first show for young viewers, “The Children’s Corner,” hosted by Josie Carey, with puppeteering and music by Rogers and lyrics by Carey—are compiled here as “The Poetry of Mister Rogers.” This treasure trove of gentle wisdom and playful fun, complemented by the sunny charm of Luke Flowers’ illustrations, begins with “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” and ends with “It’s Such a Good Feeling.” In between are reassuring lyrics (“It’s You I Like,” “Sometimes Isn’t Always,” “You’re Much More,” etc.) that speak directly to children about communicating, recognizing and dealing with emotions, and self-acceptance. And, just as the wise and comforting words of Fred Rogers still come up on social media and in news commentaries during difficult times, many of these 75 selections will resonant with adults, too.

Lynne Heffley ©2019 Parents’ Choice

A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.

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