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Fred's big feelings : the life and legacy of Mister Rogers
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9781534441224
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1st ed.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 30 cm.
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Fred Rogers was a quiet boy with big feelings. Sometimes, he felt scared or lonely; at other times, he was playful and joyous. But when Freds feelings felt too big, his Grandfather McFeely knew exactly what to say to make him feel better: I like you just the way you are. Fred grew up and created Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the television program that would go on to warm the hearts and homes of millions of Americans. But one day, the government threatened to cut funding for public television, including Freds show. So, Fred stepped off the set and into a hearing on Capitol Hill to make his feelings known.
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An inspiring picture book biography about the inimitable Fred Rogers, beloved creator and star of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood .

Fred Rogers was a quiet boy with big feelings. Sometimes, he felt scared or lonely ; at other times, he was playful and joyous . But when Fred's feelings felt too big, his Grandfather McFeely knew exactly what to say to make him feel better: I like you just the way you are .

Fred grew up and created Mister Rogers' Neighborhood , the television program that would go on to warm the hearts and homes of millions of Americans. But one day, the government threatened to cut funding for public television, including Fred's show. So, Fred stepped off the set and into a hearing on Capitol Hill to make his feelings known.

In a portrait full of warmth and feeling, Laura Renauld and award-winning illustrator Brigette Barrager tell the story of Mister Rogers: a quiet, compassionate hero whose essential message--that it is okay to have and to express feelings--still resonates today.

This book is not associated with or authorized by Fred Rogers Productions.


Author Notes

As a child, Laura Renauld enjoyed being one of Mister Rogers's television neighbors. A Vermonter at heart, Laura now lives in northern Virginia with her husband and their two sons, who are very special indeed. Visit her at LauraRenauld.com.

Brigette Barrager is an artist, designer, writer, and the illustrator of Pocket Full of Colors by Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville as well as the New York Times bestselling Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. She attended the California Institute of the Arts and spent some time working in animation before taking the plunge into book illustration, where she's lived happily ever after. She resides in Los Angeles with her handsome husband, cute doggy, and terrible cat. Visit Brigette online at BrigetteB.com.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 1--4--Renauld's charming, lovingly illustrated picture book biography, framed similarly to an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, opens with a depiction of Fred Rogers changing his sweater and shoes, followed by a brief look at his childhood. Italicized emotions highlight the focus of this biography and his work: "He felt sad when his schoolmates overlooked him…. He felt scared when they chased him home." The text describes Rogers's evolution into a thoughtful, music-loving adult who was inspired to create a gentler alternative to frenetically paced children's television programs. When the government threatened to cut the funding for public television in 1969, Rogers testified before the Senate about the importance of children learning to express their emotions constructively. His testimony allowed him to secure the necessary funding for PBS. The book teems with vocabulary words that capture emotions: affection, compassion, respect, generous, worried, selfish, shocked. Children will relate to the portrayal of their emotional experience while adults will find many comforting reminders of Rogers's well-known catchphrases and references to the tone of his show. Barrager's bright, cheerful gouache and colored pencil illustrations, featuring a trail of hearts on almost every page, add warmth and depth, emphasizing that Mr. Rogers was a beacon of love and acceptance. VERDICT A welcome addition to the growing number of books about Mr. Rogers. Recommended for purchase where picture book biographies are in demand.--Kristy Pasquariello, Westwood Public Library, MA


Publisher's Weekly Review

Renauld (Porcupine's Pie) and Barrager (Uni the Unicorn) tell the story of Fred Rogers's childhood and rise to fame through the lens of emotions, explaining that the beloved PBS personality was "a quiet boy with big feelings." While young Freddy "felt sad when his schoolmates overlooked him," he grows into someone who "broadcasted affection, compassion, and respect for his audience." The earnest text, which uses italics to call out emotive words, occasionally feels aimed at a well-meaning adult audience: readers are told, for example, that Rogers wanted to "be more intentional about the content of his shows. The brightly colored, cartoon-style, gouache-and-pencil drawings chronicle the subject's life with whimsical details, such as confetti-like streams of hearts occasionally emanating from Rogers, his cast, guests (including Officer Clemmons and Koko the gorilla), and audience members as they connect with his message that "there's only one person in the whole world like you." Those seeking a tribute more reflective of Rogers's own soft-spoken grace may want to opt for Aimee Reed's You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood, but many families will welcome the affirming messages in this affectionate portrait. Ages 4--8. (Jan.)


Kirkus Review

An account of the life of this humble giant of children's television.Children know about emotions perhaps before any other conceptsbig emotions, too, like fear, sadness, frustration, joy, love. Fred Rogers understood this and used the medium of television to connect with children and help them manage and accept their emotions. From a childhood often spent inside and isolated from other children who bullied him to his career change from ministry to children's media, Rogers' life was punctuated and driven by the emotions he felt, recognized, and then used to add authenticity and tenderness to his television shows. Using second person, as well as Rogers' iconic phrase, "Hello neighbor," Renauld's lively, approachable text welcomes young readers in the same way that Rogers welcomed his young viewers into his living-room set. Words describing emotions are italicized throughout for emphasis and recognition by children, and myriad details offer touchstones for grown-ups familiar with the show. Bold colors spotlight each spread, especially an array of individual panels that illustrate the feelings children experience daily. The book ends as it began, with a message validating each reader's intrinsic worth; it's one we should all have in our hearts, every day of our lives. A note from the author offers additional biographical details. It's an excellent companion to You Are My Friend, by Aimee Reid and Matt Phelan (2019), with a personality all its own.Bright, well-researched, and welcome. (Picture book/biography. 5-8) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Bright with primary colors and periodic bursts of cheerful hearts, Renauld's picture-book biography smoothly sums up the warmth of Fred Rogers, who is enjoying a renaissance of sorts as new generations discover his work and simple, folksy appeal. Concentrating on Fred's own feelings as an often-lonely child and an awkward but kind adolescent, Renauld draws readers to the heart of his legacy--his ability to tap into and validate what the young are experiencing, whether it be fear, happiness, anger, or love. Barrager's (Uni the Unicorn, 2014) illustrations focus on Rogers as the cheerful heart of each spread. They work, along with the narrative, to show readers how his early childhood interests--especially in music--combined with his passion for the medium of television, led to a lifetime vocation. Highlights of Rogers' career appear to reflect back on the need for children to know they are special just as they are. A long author's note at the end adds additional biographical material. A good addition to the growing number of books about Rogers' legacy.