Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Review: The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers

Title: The World According to Mister Rogers

Author: Fred Rogers

Pages: 189

Challenges: Read 'n' Review challenge

From the inside flap:

There are few personalities who evoke such universal feelings of warmth as Fred Rogers. An enduring presence in American homes for over 30 years, his plainspoken wisdom continues to guide and comfort many. The World According to Mister Rogers distills the legacy and singular worldview of this beloved American figure.
An inspiring collection of stories, anecdotes, and insights -- with sections titled Understanding Love, The Courage to Be Yourself, The Challenges of Inner Discipline, and We Are All Neighbors -- The World According to Mister Rogers is a testament to the legacy of a man who served and continues to serve as a role model to millions.

My Two Cents:

I have always had a fondness for Mister Rogers and his show, ever since I was a kid. So, when I saw this on the Amazon clearance page, I had to order it for the library.

This book is a series of quick-hit quotes and stories, very rarely over one page long, that capture the essence of who Fred Rogers was. And, as many people know, he was exactly the person off-camera as he appeared to be on-camera.

I loved a lot of the things Mister Rogers (I just can't not call him Mister Rogers!) said in this book. Although he devoted his life to teaching and serving children, this really isn't so much a children's book as it is a book for the adults who remember Mister Rogers and his show from their childhoods. I could hear him saying a lot of the things, and, whenever there was a song quoted, I could hear his softly lilting voice. It brought back some great memories.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from this book:

I'm proud of you for the times you came in second, or third, or fourth, but what you did was the best you had ever done.

Love isn't a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.

I do love being a grandfather, and I wonder if it wasn't because my grandfather McFeely loved me so much, and I had such a good time with him.

I hope you're proud of yourself for the times you've said "yes," when all it meant was extra work for you and was seemingly helpful only to somebody else.

This is one of those books that I would like to purchase eventually, to come back to over and over again when I'm in need of a little help through the day. It's always good to know that you've got a friend in Mister Rogers.

My rating: 10/10

2 comments:

Beth F said...

I don't know why, but I never did warm up to Mr. Rogers. I think I was too old.

Suburban Turmoil said...

I loved Mr. Rogers and wanted to be Lady Elaine. I've been amazed at the factt hat my kids will watch it when it's one- particularly in the age of CGI and advanced animation. Mr. Rogers was a very simple formula, but it obviously worked!

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