I Am Mister Rogers

Penguin/Rocky Pond. (Ordinary People Change the World). Oct. 2023. 40p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780593533307.
K-Gr 2–An affectionate glimpse into the life of beloved Fred Rogers. This beautifully crafted book takes readers on a journey through Rogers’s formative years, highlighting his childhood experiences and the events that shaped him into an iconic television personality. What sets this biography apart is its remarkable ability to connect with young readers. By delving into Rogers’ childhood, the author creates relatable themes of loneliness, identity, and the pursuit of dreams that will resonate with readers. It’s a touching reminder that everyone has struggles, even the man who brought comfort to countless homes. Eliopoulos uses box frames that mirror the familiar format of a television show, immersing readers in the world of Mister Rogers. It feels as though the book itself is a special episode of the show, making it even more engaging. Readers will discover the man behind the cardigan, and his enduring message of kindness, understanding, and the importance of being a good neighbor.
VERDICT This biography helps introduce a childhood hero in simple, relevant terms.

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