Written by Fred Rogers
Contributions by: Tom Junod
Paperback | 5.07 "W x 7.69 "H x 0.51 "D | 208 pages
A tie-in edition to the highly anticipated Tom Hanks movie, including the essay by Tom Junod that inspired the feature film and a collection of timeless life wisdom from Mister Rogers
Tom Junod's 1998 profile of Fred Rogers, "Can You Say...Hero", has been hailed as a classic of magazine writing. Now, his moving story of meeting and observing the beloved host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood is the inspiration for the 2019 feature film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. In this book, Junod's classic essay appears alongside a cornucopia of warm words of advice and encouragement from Mister Rogers himself (previously published in You Are Special). Covering topics like relationships, childhood, communication, parenthood, and more, Rogers's signature sayings and wise thoughts are included here, all of which he enriches with his own memories of being a child and growing up. Pairing the definitive portrait of America's favorite neighbor with his own instructions for living your best, kindest life, this book offers a perfect companion to the upcoming film and a timeless treasure for Mister Rogers fans.
Fred Rogers (1928–2003) was a producer, writer, magician, puppeteer, minister, husband, and father who began working in children’s television in the 1950s and created the PBS program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He pioneered “programming that spoke, with respect, to the concerns of early childhood, not as adults see it but as children feel it.” For his work, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a Peabody Award, and numerous other honors. The Television Hall of Fame inducted him in 1999, and the Smithsonian Institution displays one of his sweaters as a “treasure of American history.” He founded Family Communications, Inc., now Fred Rogers Productions, a not-for-profit company that continues to develop programming, special projects, and materials that help children learn and grow, including Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.