The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

New York Timesbestseller 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 New York Timesbestseller Fred Rogers (1928?2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of ...

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Title:The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
Author:Maxwell King
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:1419727729
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Oct 12, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

  • Librariann
    Jun 21, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

  • Janet
    Oct 08, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

    What a disappointment. 5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%. This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Rep...

    I'll admit to being a little afraid to listen to this. What if Fred Rogers turned out to be a horrible person when he wasn't in the Neighborhood?!?! Thankfully, that was not the case. (This is not a coherent 'review' by any means. It's hard to type when you're crying lol.) Thi...

    5 stars! I love it! I requested this title from NetGalley just a few days before it was published, after seeing it on my home feed a few times on GoodReads. I instantly knew I would love it after only reading a few pages. I did not get to complete it before the publish date, but I got ...

    Review title: Making good on television If you haven't seen the recent documentary about Fred "Mister" Rogers, you need to buy it on disc or stream it; warning, you will laugh and cry. In the meantime, read Maxwell King's biography, which might serve as a working scrip of the docume...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.? An idea that?s still true in an age of a 24-hour news cycle fueled by chaos. I?m glad I read this book. I?m not a...

    Sometimes I read long biographies and say 'more than I want to know' .. but this book makes you appreciate even more his philosophy of early childhood education.. even after seeing the movie/documentary I still wanted to read this.. he had such strong convictions about the way he led h...

    I was going to give this book four stars but I can?t stop thinking about it so five stars it is. It made me want to re-watch all the Mr Rogers Neighborhood episodes, watch him change his shoes and slip on a sweater, feed the fish, visit the land of make believe, and tell me that I am...

    Very well written and researched. I learned a lot that I didn't know about Mr. Rogers before. Things have been very tense in the country lately and this book has been a comfort to me. Just reading about Mr. Rogers is calming. If you miss your television neighbor, this is the book for y...

    Absolutely fascinating. Loved learning more about this kind, kind man I already had a lot of love for. Very worth the time! ...

    Mr. Rogers was a key figure for me as a kid. I loved the documentary that was released this year, and I figured a book wouldn?t reveal much more. I was wrong. As someone with a degree in educational psychology, I was fascinated to learn about how much research Fred Rogers did in craf...

  • jeremy
    May 10, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

  • Hannah
    Jun 15, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

  • Kendra
    Sep 27, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

  • Sue
    Oct 10, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

    What a disappointment. 5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%. This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Rep...

    I'll admit to being a little afraid to listen to this. What if Fred Rogers turned out to be a horrible person when he wasn't in the Neighborhood?!?! Thankfully, that was not the case. (This is not a coherent 'review' by any means. It's hard to type when you're crying lol.) Thi...

    5 stars! I love it! I requested this title from NetGalley just a few days before it was published, after seeing it on my home feed a few times on GoodReads. I instantly knew I would love it after only reading a few pages. I did not get to complete it before the publish date, but I got ...

    Review title: Making good on television If you haven't seen the recent documentary about Fred "Mister" Rogers, you need to buy it on disc or stream it; warning, you will laugh and cry. In the meantime, read Maxwell King's biography, which might serve as a working scrip of the docume...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.? An idea that?s still true in an age of a 24-hour news cycle fueled by chaos. I?m glad I read this book. I?m not a...

    Sometimes I read long biographies and say 'more than I want to know' .. but this book makes you appreciate even more his philosophy of early childhood education.. even after seeing the movie/documentary I still wanted to read this.. he had such strong convictions about the way he led h...

  • Vicki
    Aug 27, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    Sep 23, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

  • Jennifer
    Sep 23, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

  • Brina
    Oct 15, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

  • Jen
    Jul 12, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

  • Joel
    Sep 22, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

    What a disappointment. 5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%. This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Rep...

    I'll admit to being a little afraid to listen to this. What if Fred Rogers turned out to be a horrible person when he wasn't in the Neighborhood?!?! Thankfully, that was not the case. (This is not a coherent 'review' by any means. It's hard to type when you're crying lol.) Thi...

    5 stars! I love it! I requested this title from NetGalley just a few days before it was published, after seeing it on my home feed a few times on GoodReads. I instantly knew I would love it after only reading a few pages. I did not get to complete it before the publish date, but I got ...

    Review title: Making good on television If you haven't seen the recent documentary about Fred "Mister" Rogers, you need to buy it on disc or stream it; warning, you will laugh and cry. In the meantime, read Maxwell King's biography, which might serve as a working scrip of the docume...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.? An idea that?s still true in an age of a 24-hour news cycle fueled by chaos. I?m glad I read this book. I?m not a...

    Sometimes I read long biographies and say 'more than I want to know' .. but this book makes you appreciate even more his philosophy of early childhood education.. even after seeing the movie/documentary I still wanted to read this.. he had such strong convictions about the way he led h...

    I was going to give this book four stars but I can?t stop thinking about it so five stars it is. It made me want to re-watch all the Mr Rogers Neighborhood episodes, watch him change his shoes and slip on a sweater, feed the fish, visit the land of make believe, and tell me that I am...

    Very well written and researched. I learned a lot that I didn't know about Mr. Rogers before. Things have been very tense in the country lately and this book has been a comfort to me. Just reading about Mr. Rogers is calming. If you miss your television neighbor, this is the book for y...

    Absolutely fascinating. Loved learning more about this kind, kind man I already had a lot of love for. Very worth the time! ...

    Mr. Rogers was a key figure for me as a kid. I loved the documentary that was released this year, and I figured a book wouldn?t reveal much more. I was wrong. As someone with a degree in educational psychology, I was fascinated to learn about how much research Fred Rogers did in craf...

    This book is so much more than just a biography of Fred Rogers. It?s also the story of children?s television & PBS. It?s the story of being mindful of words, speech, talk & subject matter. The life of Fred Rogers continues to influence people today...be kind, be inclusive...

    This is the book that I?ve wanted to read for years. It is a thorough and insightful account of a man I respect. I?m not one to have have personal hero?s, except for Fred Rogers. I grew up watching Mister Rogers?s Neighbored, a show that will always hold a special place in m...

  • Jen
    Sep 03, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

  • Lynda
    Aug 30, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

    What a disappointment. 5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%. This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Rep...

    I'll admit to being a little afraid to listen to this. What if Fred Rogers turned out to be a horrible person when he wasn't in the Neighborhood?!?! Thankfully, that was not the case. (This is not a coherent 'review' by any means. It's hard to type when you're crying lol.) Thi...

    5 stars! I love it! I requested this title from NetGalley just a few days before it was published, after seeing it on my home feed a few times on GoodReads. I instantly knew I would love it after only reading a few pages. I did not get to complete it before the publish date, but I got ...

    Review title: Making good on television If you haven't seen the recent documentary about Fred "Mister" Rogers, you need to buy it on disc or stream it; warning, you will laugh and cry. In the meantime, read Maxwell King's biography, which might serve as a working scrip of the docume...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.? An idea that?s still true in an age of a 24-hour news cycle fueled by chaos. I?m glad I read this book. I?m not a...

    Sometimes I read long biographies and say 'more than I want to know' .. but this book makes you appreciate even more his philosophy of early childhood education.. even after seeing the movie/documentary I still wanted to read this.. he had such strong convictions about the way he led h...

    I was going to give this book four stars but I can?t stop thinking about it so five stars it is. It made me want to re-watch all the Mr Rogers Neighborhood episodes, watch him change his shoes and slip on a sweater, feed the fish, visit the land of make believe, and tell me that I am...

    Very well written and researched. I learned a lot that I didn't know about Mr. Rogers before. Things have been very tense in the country lately and this book has been a comfort to me. Just reading about Mr. Rogers is calming. If you miss your television neighbor, this is the book for y...

    Absolutely fascinating. Loved learning more about this kind, kind man I already had a lot of love for. Very worth the time! ...

    Mr. Rogers was a key figure for me as a kid. I loved the documentary that was released this year, and I figured a book wouldn?t reveal much more. I was wrong. As someone with a degree in educational psychology, I was fascinated to learn about how much research Fred Rogers did in craf...

    This book is so much more than just a biography of Fred Rogers. It?s also the story of children?s television & PBS. It?s the story of being mindful of words, speech, talk & subject matter. The life of Fred Rogers continues to influence people today...be kind, be inclusive...

  • Karen
    Oct 11, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

  • Margaret
    Oct 01, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

    What a disappointment. 5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%. This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Rep...

    I'll admit to being a little afraid to listen to this. What if Fred Rogers turned out to be a horrible person when he wasn't in the Neighborhood?!?! Thankfully, that was not the case. (This is not a coherent 'review' by any means. It's hard to type when you're crying lol.) Thi...

    5 stars! I love it! I requested this title from NetGalley just a few days before it was published, after seeing it on my home feed a few times on GoodReads. I instantly knew I would love it after only reading a few pages. I did not get to complete it before the publish date, but I got ...

    Review title: Making good on television If you haven't seen the recent documentary about Fred "Mister" Rogers, you need to buy it on disc or stream it; warning, you will laugh and cry. In the meantime, read Maxwell King's biography, which might serve as a working scrip of the docume...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.? An idea that?s still true in an age of a 24-hour news cycle fueled by chaos. I?m glad I read this book. I?m not a...

    Sometimes I read long biographies and say 'more than I want to know' .. but this book makes you appreciate even more his philosophy of early childhood education.. even after seeing the movie/documentary I still wanted to read this.. he had such strong convictions about the way he led h...

    I was going to give this book four stars but I can?t stop thinking about it so five stars it is. It made me want to re-watch all the Mr Rogers Neighborhood episodes, watch him change his shoes and slip on a sweater, feed the fish, visit the land of make believe, and tell me that I am...

    Very well written and researched. I learned a lot that I didn't know about Mr. Rogers before. Things have been very tense in the country lately and this book has been a comfort to me. Just reading about Mr. Rogers is calming. If you miss your television neighbor, this is the book for y...

  • Paul
    Aug 07, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

  • Amy
    Sep 19, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

    What a disappointment. 5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%. This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Rep...

    I'll admit to being a little afraid to listen to this. What if Fred Rogers turned out to be a horrible person when he wasn't in the Neighborhood?!?! Thankfully, that was not the case. (This is not a coherent 'review' by any means. It's hard to type when you're crying lol.) Thi...

  • Enchantress  debbicat ☮~Traveling Sister
    Sep 17, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

    What a disappointment. 5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%. This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Rep...

    I'll admit to being a little afraid to listen to this. What if Fred Rogers turned out to be a horrible person when he wasn't in the Neighborhood?!?! Thankfully, that was not the case. (This is not a coherent 'review' by any means. It's hard to type when you're crying lol.) Thi...

    5 stars! I love it! I requested this title from NetGalley just a few days before it was published, after seeing it on my home feed a few times on GoodReads. I instantly knew I would love it after only reading a few pages. I did not get to complete it before the publish date, but I got ...

  • Kate
    Oct 03, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

    What a disappointment. 5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%. This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Rep...

    I'll admit to being a little afraid to listen to this. What if Fred Rogers turned out to be a horrible person when he wasn't in the Neighborhood?!?! Thankfully, that was not the case. (This is not a coherent 'review' by any means. It's hard to type when you're crying lol.) Thi...

    5 stars! I love it! I requested this title from NetGalley just a few days before it was published, after seeing it on my home feed a few times on GoodReads. I instantly knew I would love it after only reading a few pages. I did not get to complete it before the publish date, but I got ...

    Review title: Making good on television If you haven't seen the recent documentary about Fred "Mister" Rogers, you need to buy it on disc or stream it; warning, you will laugh and cry. In the meantime, read Maxwell King's biography, which might serve as a working scrip of the docume...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.? An idea that?s still true in an age of a 24-hour news cycle fueled by chaos. I?m glad I read this book. I?m not a...

    Sometimes I read long biographies and say 'more than I want to know' .. but this book makes you appreciate even more his philosophy of early childhood education.. even after seeing the movie/documentary I still wanted to read this.. he had such strong convictions about the way he led h...

    I was going to give this book four stars but I can?t stop thinking about it so five stars it is. It made me want to re-watch all the Mr Rogers Neighborhood episodes, watch him change his shoes and slip on a sweater, feed the fish, visit the land of make believe, and tell me that I am...

    Very well written and researched. I learned a lot that I didn't know about Mr. Rogers before. Things have been very tense in the country lately and this book has been a comfort to me. Just reading about Mr. Rogers is calming. If you miss your television neighbor, this is the book for y...

    Absolutely fascinating. Loved learning more about this kind, kind man I already had a lot of love for. Very worth the time! ...

  • Beth
    Sep 05, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

    What a disappointment. 5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%. This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Rep...

  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Aug 30, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

  • Stacie C
    Aug 30, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

  • Scott S.
    Sep 18, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

  • Matthew
    Oct 16, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

    What a disappointment. 5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%. This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Rep...

    I'll admit to being a little afraid to listen to this. What if Fred Rogers turned out to be a horrible person when he wasn't in the Neighborhood?!?! Thankfully, that was not the case. (This is not a coherent 'review' by any means. It's hard to type when you're crying lol.) Thi...

    5 stars! I love it! I requested this title from NetGalley just a few days before it was published, after seeing it on my home feed a few times on GoodReads. I instantly knew I would love it after only reading a few pages. I did not get to complete it before the publish date, but I got ...

    Review title: Making good on television If you haven't seen the recent documentary about Fred "Mister" Rogers, you need to buy it on disc or stream it; warning, you will laugh and cry. In the meantime, read Maxwell King's biography, which might serve as a working scrip of the docume...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.? An idea that?s still true in an age of a 24-hour news cycle fueled by chaos. I?m glad I read this book. I?m not a...

  • Patty Smith
    Sep 17, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

  • Todd Stockslager
    Sep 23, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

    What a disappointment. 5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%. This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Rep...

    I'll admit to being a little afraid to listen to this. What if Fred Rogers turned out to be a horrible person when he wasn't in the Neighborhood?!?! Thankfully, that was not the case. (This is not a coherent 'review' by any means. It's hard to type when you're crying lol.) Thi...

    5 stars! I love it! I requested this title from NetGalley just a few days before it was published, after seeing it on my home feed a few times on GoodReads. I instantly knew I would love it after only reading a few pages. I did not get to complete it before the publish date, but I got ...

    Review title: Making good on television If you haven't seen the recent documentary about Fred "Mister" Rogers, you need to buy it on disc or stream it; warning, you will laugh and cry. In the meantime, read Maxwell King's biography, which might serve as a working scrip of the docume...

  • Amy
    Oct 16, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...

    Thanks to Netgalley, Abrams Press, and Maxwell King for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are 100% my own and independent of receiving an advanced copy. Fred Rogers is beloved by millions of people - children, now adults, who remember Mr. Rogers with fon...

    This is the wonderful story of a wonderful man. Loved this audiobook and its narration by Levar Burton. ...

    Subject: 5 stars Writing: 3 stars When I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately ....

    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death. ...

    Fred Rogers is my hero. He?s kind and gentle and clever and, best of all, he listens. I read this book with trepidation. Would my hero be dethroned? Would this be the story of a person wildly different from the Mister Rogers I adore? I can tell you, happily, that it is not. Ev...

    Revisiting the life of one of my childhood heroes, read by one of my other childhood heroes. So comforting. This book was not probably the smoothest written biography in the world, but Fred Rogers' life was so fascinating, and deliciously boring, and cheerful, and good. Such a good ma...

    What a disappointment. 5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%. This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Rep...

    I'll admit to being a little afraid to listen to this. What if Fred Rogers turned out to be a horrible person when he wasn't in the Neighborhood?!?! Thankfully, that was not the case. (This is not a coherent 'review' by any means. It's hard to type when you're crying lol.) Thi...

    5 stars! I love it! I requested this title from NetGalley just a few days before it was published, after seeing it on my home feed a few times on GoodReads. I instantly knew I would love it after only reading a few pages. I did not get to complete it before the publish date, but I got ...

    Review title: Making good on television If you haven't seen the recent documentary about Fred "Mister" Rogers, you need to buy it on disc or stream it; warning, you will laugh and cry. In the meantime, read Maxwell King's biography, which might serve as a working scrip of the docume...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.? An idea that?s still true in an age of a 24-hour news cycle fueled by chaos. I?m glad I read this book. I?m not a...

    Sometimes I read long biographies and say 'more than I want to know' .. but this book makes you appreciate even more his philosophy of early childhood education.. even after seeing the movie/documentary I still wanted to read this.. he had such strong convictions about the way he led h...

    I was going to give this book four stars but I can?t stop thinking about it so five stars it is. It made me want to re-watch all the Mr Rogers Neighborhood episodes, watch him change his shoes and slip on a sweater, feed the fish, visit the land of make believe, and tell me that I am...

  • Felicia
    Sep 23, 2018

    I grew up watching Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and suffice it to say, most Americans who turned five by 2001 probably did as well. My husband watched the program to help him with his English when he first came to this country. Mister Rogers is by all accounts an American icon, so, when...

    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better. ...

    ?When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news,? Rogers had told his young viewers, ?my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am ...

    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn. Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air...

    Another outstanding biography (the short list also includes Matthew Polly's Bruce Lee: A Life and Jonathan Eig's Ali: A Life, in my opinion) published since last autumn, King's The Good Neighbor is a double-barreled salvo in presenting the detailed life story of TV host Fred Rogers AND...

    I really want to like this but IT NEEDS AN EDITOR SO BAD. I do not need to hear six times, in six different contexts, about how Fred stayed in an air conditioned room all summer one summer because his asthma was so bad. I'm still reading it, because I want to know more. But I reall...

    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath,...

    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don?t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone ...

    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family?s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of ren...

    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it?s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of hi...

    What a great book and a terrific audio recording. Pair LeVar Burton with Mr. Rogers and it's nostalgiafest 2018 (in a good way!). If you grew up watching Mr. Rogers, this is a must read. ...

    First things first, I listened to the audiobook- which is narrated by LaVar Burton (of Reading Rainbow fame) so that was immediately exciting. Second my biggest complaint has less to do with Roger?s story and more to do with the author of this story. The book is needlessly repetit...