The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers

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 the world seriously. The G Fred Rogers (1928?2003) was an enormously influential figure in the history of television and in the lives of t...

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Title:The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
Author:Maxwell King
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Genres:Biography
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Edition Language:English
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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

  • 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

    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...

    The Good Neighbor is a tenderly, written homage to a well-know, yet obscure figure, but subsequently, is far to long and overly repetitive. ...

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

    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 ...

    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. ...

    I wish I could have met him, but from the sound of it Mr. Rogers on TV was Mr. Rogers in real life. ...

    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...

    What a beautifully written tribute to our favorite sweater-wearing neighbor. Many of us know of Mr. Rogers, and if we don't, it's because we we raised under a rock for most of our formative years. His music, his voice, his make-believe characters are all things we fondly remember f...

    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...

  • lit.erary.britt
    Dec 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

    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...

    The Good Neighbor is a tenderly, written homage to a well-know, yet obscure figure, but subsequently, is far to long and overly repetitive. ...

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

    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 ...

    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. ...

    I wish I could have met him, but from the sound of it Mr. Rogers on TV was Mr. Rogers in real life. ...

    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...

    What a beautifully written tribute to our favorite sweater-wearing neighbor. Many of us know of Mr. Rogers, and if we don't, it's because we we raised under a rock for most of our formative years. His music, his voice, his make-believe characters are all things we fondly remember f...

    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...

    This meticulously written biography chronicles Mr. Rogers?s life and career as a pioneering children?s entertainer and educator. He was honest with children in a way they could understand without making them feel small. I sincerely wish I had watched him more as a child. LeVar ...

  • 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

    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...

    The Good Neighbor is a tenderly, written homage to a well-know, yet obscure figure, but subsequently, is far to long and overly repetitive. ...

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

    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 ...

    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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

    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...

    The Good Neighbor is a tenderly, written homage to a well-know, yet obscure figure, but subsequently, is far to long and overly repetitive. ...

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

    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 ...

    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. ...

    I wish I could have met him, but from the sound of it Mr. Rogers on TV was Mr. Rogers in real life. ...

    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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

  • Marie
    Oct 25, 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

    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...

    The Good Neighbor is a tenderly, written homage to a well-know, yet obscure figure, but subsequently, is far to long and overly repetitive. ...

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

    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 ...

    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. ...

    I wish I could have met him, but from the sound of it Mr. Rogers on TV was Mr. Rogers in real life. ...

    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...

    What a beautifully written tribute to our favorite sweater-wearing neighbor. Many of us know of Mr. Rogers, and if we don't, it's because we we raised under a rock for most of our formative years. His music, his voice, his make-believe characters are all things we fondly remember f...

    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...

    This meticulously written biography chronicles Mr. Rogers?s life and career as a pioneering children?s entertainer and educator. He was honest with children in a way they could understand without making them feel small. I sincerely wish I had watched him more as a child. LeVar ...

    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...

    There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind. ? Fred Rogers Oh, that the world had more people like Fred Rogers: a truly gentle man whose life's work was devoted to kindness, authenticity, and ...

  • 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

  • Rebecca McPhedran
    Nov 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

    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...

    The Good Neighbor is a tenderly, written homage to a well-know, yet obscure figure, but subsequently, is far to long and overly repetitive. ...

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

    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 ...

    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. ...

    I wish I could have met him, but from the sound of it Mr. Rogers on TV was Mr. Rogers in real life. ...

    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...

    What a beautifully written tribute to our favorite sweater-wearing neighbor. Many of us know of Mr. Rogers, and if we don't, it's because we we raised under a rock for most of our formative years. His music, his voice, his make-believe characters are all things we fondly remember f...

  • Hadrian
    Dec 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

  • 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

  • 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

    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...

    The Good Neighbor is a tenderly, written homage to a well-know, yet obscure figure, but subsequently, is far to long and overly repetitive. ...

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

  • 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

    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...

    The Good Neighbor is a tenderly, written homage to a well-know, yet obscure figure, but subsequently, is far to long and overly repetitive. ...

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

    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 ...

    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. ...

    I wish I could have met him, but from the sound of it Mr. Rogers on TV was Mr. Rogers in real life. ...

    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...

    What a beautifully written tribute to our favorite sweater-wearing neighbor. Many of us know of Mr. Rogers, and if we don't, it's because we we raised under a rock for most of our formative years. His music, his voice, his make-believe characters are all things we fondly remember f...

    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...

    This meticulously written biography chronicles Mr. Rogers?s life and career as a pioneering children?s entertainer and educator. He was honest with children in a way they could understand without making them feel small. I sincerely wish I had watched him more as a child. LeVar ...

    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...

  • Sarah
    Nov 25, 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

    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...

    The Good Neighbor is a tenderly, written homage to a well-know, yet obscure figure, but subsequently, is far to long and overly repetitive. ...

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

    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 ...

    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. ...

    I wish I could have met him, but from the sound of it Mr. Rogers on TV was Mr. Rogers in real life. ...

  • 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

    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...

    The Good Neighbor is a tenderly, written homage to a well-know, yet obscure figure, but subsequently, is far to long and overly repetitive. ...

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

    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 ...

  • 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Rebecca McNutt
    Nov 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Dec 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

    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...

    The Good Neighbor is a tenderly, written homage to a well-know, yet obscure figure, but subsequently, is far to long and overly repetitive. ...

  • 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

    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 ....

    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...

  • Katie B
    Nov 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

  • Passenger B.
    Nov 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...

    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 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...

    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. ...

    Testament of an extraordinary man who was a leading example of kindness and on how to be a more compassionate, helpful and overall better human being. The writing leaves a little something to desire (for me) here and there which is why I gave it 4.5 stars instead of 5. But overall ...

  • 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 recently saw the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? and absolutely loved it. Like weeping in the middle of a crowded theater type of love which kinda caught me off guard because although I watched Mister Rogers' Neighborhood growing up, it wasn't exactly must see tv for me. But le...

    I never watched a ton of Mister Roger's Neighborhood growing up (I was more of an Arthur and Goosebumps type of kid and I lost TV access when I was in the third grade, haven't had cable, satellite or streaming since), but it's impossible not to recognize this endearing guy. More than j...

    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 ...

    I admit I was skeptical, but this was as substantive and wholesome a biography as I could have asked for. If there is one 'takeaway', if any, it is how much Fred Rogers cared about the work of educating children. He paid for his early programs himself, and he steadfastly refused to...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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'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,...

    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...

    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...