Monday, January 06, 2020

4. Kindness and Wonder

Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever. Gavin Edwards. 2019. Dey Street Books. 224 pages. [Source: Library] [Genre: Biography]

First sentence: It’s not your imagination.

Premise/plot: This is a lovely biography of Mister Rogers. Rogers is not presented as an absolute saint worthy of the highest pedestal but as a complex human being. The first half focuses on his entire life and career. The second half focuses on ten life lessons we can learn from Mister Rogers.

My thoughts: I would say this biography is more for adults than young readers. His show may be family friendly but this biography not so much. I could have gone a lifetime without needing to know some of the dirty practical jokes and pranks that happened off camera that the crew pulled on Mr. Rogers. Let’s just say that the closet where he kept the cardigans offered opportunities that some found irresistible.

I loved the stories of him interacting with neighbors young and old.

There are lots of reasons to cry and they’re all okay. (119)

© 2019 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comment:

Lark said...

I really liked the documentary they made about him. It was so good.