Sep 242018
 

The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King

Narrated by LeVar Burton

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 Good Neighbor, the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, tells the story of this utterly unique and enduring American icon. Drawing on original interviews, oral histories, and archival documents, Maxwell King traces Rogers’s personal, professional, and artistic life through decades of work, including a surprising decision to walk away from the show to make television for adults, only to return to the neighborhood with increasingly sophisticated episodes, written in collaboration with experts on childhood development. An engaging story, rich in detail, The Good Neighbor is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.

Thoughts
I loved this book. I learned so much about Fred Rogers that I didn’t know, from his childhood all the way to his death.

I always thought he was an amazing man, but after listening to the audiobook I know he was so much more. The book is very detailed and you will learn how he turned a simple idea into a mega hit.

He cared for everyone and wanted the best for them. Not just his friends & family. Everyone! He made each child feel special, that they mattered, and he truly cared for them.

Rogers was the same soft spoken & loving man in real life that he was on tv. He was an inspiration to many people, especially a huge number of children. The world is a sadder place without him in it.

The book is narrated by LeVar Burton who did a great job.

If you are a fan or not, I urge you to read or listen to this book.

 

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  7 Responses to “Audiobook Review:
The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers
by Maxwell King”

  1. With Levar Burton’s narration, I bet this was really special.

  2. Believe it or not I have never heard of this guy…. Cheers

  3. The show didn’t air where you live. It was a huge hit in the U.S.

  4. Won’t you please
    Won’t you please
    Please won’t you be
    My neighbor

    I loved his sweet, comforting show when I was a child.
    Vicki, this biography sounds WONDERFUL!!

  5. Guess I’ll be going the audio route with this one! Thanks for the review 🙂

  6. Okay now I need this book – especially in audio. I love LaVarr Burton and I love Fred Rogers. Mr. Rogers was one of the few shows I was allowed to watch as a kid and I adored it. Back when my youngest was little he got into a show called Daniel Tiger which was based on the original show and I did a bit of research to make sure it was sanctioned (it is!) and there was such a lovely quote by his widow about it and Mr. Rogers in general that I love him all the more. This sounds like a delight.

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