The Good Neighbor by Maxwell King

The Good Neighbor

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 ...


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TitleThe Good Neighbor
ISBN9781419727726
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Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherAbrams Press
GenreBiography, Nonfiction, Audiobook, History
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  • Dorie
    1970-01-01
    I was anxious to read this biography as my older kids really grew up with Mr. Rodgers and I admire him as a person and role model. However the writing in this biography is so mediocre and repetitive that I just can't finish. It's a shame because this could have been so much better.So DNF for me at 60%
  • jeremy
    1970-01-01
    "i'm very much interested in choices, and what it is that enable us human beings to make the choices we make all through our lives. what choices lead to ethnic cleansing? what choices lead to healing? what choices lead to the destruction of the environment, the erosion of the sabbath, suicide bombings or teenagers shooting teenagers? what choices encourage heroism in the midst of chaos?" the good neighbor: the life and work of fred rogers is a co...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    At the heart of this work lies the questions: How did Fred Rogers do it? How did he create hundreds and hundreds of shows over the course of three decades? Part of it was his family’s wealth, that allowed him to adopt great patience and perfectionism. But it was also a lineage of renowned child psychologists, from Doctor Spock to Margaret McFarland, who gave input into many of the challenging subjects that Rogers tackled over the years. The mos...
  • Hannah
    1970-01-01
    I have a hard time calling Fred Rogers anything but Mister Rogers, and that speaks to how much of a cultural symbol he has become for anyone who grew up watching his show--it’s difficult to believe that beyond the Neighborhood, there was a real man who had worries and troubles of his own. King’s loving portrait shines a light on the complexity of Rogers’s life while also revealing that off-camera there was a man just as kind and tender as h...
  • Stacie C
    1970-01-01
    What memories do I have of Fred Rogers? I remember his show and I remember puppets but I don’t remember much of the man. Regardless I was intrigued by this biography and the concept of learning more about this man, whose songs I remember but whose life I do not. I feel like everyone remembers the man in the cardigan but no one knew him. After reading this book I feel like I know him and more than that, I miss him. I wish that I had incorporated...
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    Ok, this book may only "speak" to those from the generations of children in America and Canada who watched Mr. Rogers on TV, but while it will tug on our nostalgia, it will also speak to those today who are tired of negativity everywhere we turn.Mr. Rogers was a breath of fresh air in the past and he is still that today. I am SO GLAD that this wasn't a salacious tell-all about Mr. Rogers. He really WAS the person who sang to his tv neighbors ever...
  • Vicki
    1970-01-01
    An enjoyable listen with Levar Burton narrating. While the author sometimes repeats the same story or quote in more than one chapter, overall this is an informative and entertaining biography of a man who's influence is still felt 15 years after his death.
  • Jen
    1970-01-01
    Subject: 5 starsWriting: 3 starsWhen I saw the ARC of this title pop up in Edelweiss, I almost broke my finger hitting the download button, since I had just been talking to my husband about how there weren't any really great biographies of Mister Rogers out there. Unfortunately . . . that might still be true. I feel like the book accomplished what a biography should, in that I now know much more than I did about how Mister Rogers came to be Miste...
  • Bruce
    1970-01-01
    What you saw on screen was what you would encounter in person. The slow pace and gentle delivery of Mr. Rogers were just the same on screen and off. His belief in his methods based on child development research and his faith were backed by a very strong will. On the occasions when someone would get under his skin, his voice changed from Mr. Rogers to the irritated voice of one of his puppets. Off color remarks would be made in the voice of the ...
  • Laura Hundley
    1970-01-01
    I must say that growing up watching Mr. Rogers had an impact on my life as it did many others. He was the epitome of kindness and goodness. You always felt that the world around you was wonderful because you pretended to be in it with him. While I really wanted to understand more about Fred Rogers’s life I felt that this book did not truly and adequately shine a light on him the way I had hoped. The book I received was an ARC and I hope that an...
  • Nan Williams
    1970-01-01
    This was a wonderful biography of one of my all time favorite people. There was a lot of background information about Rogers’ family, education, college experience, friendships and marriage that is not commonly known about him. The author took the reader on a very detailed step by step life process of just what made Fred Rogers into the person he became and also took the reader on a very detailed step by step process of how the TV show came int...
  • Linda
    1970-01-01
    This is a comprehensive and well-written biography of Mr. Rogers, offering insight into not only his childhood and schooling, but also how he got into TV programming. The author examines Fred Rogers’ life both as a public figure and as a man of faith, emphasizing that everyone who met him was surprised that his TV persona and real personality were one and the same. The author notes that “Fred Rogers doesn’t offer an answer to today’s prof...
  • Beth
    1970-01-01
    What a disappointment.5 stars for the subject, 1 star for the writing. I tried so hard, but did not finish at 40%.This was so repetitive it's not even funny. It was like a high school term paper that required 1000 words but the student only needed 500 words. So we get filler. Repeatedly. Sometimes the same statement is repeated 3 times in a single chapter with slightly different wording. Great, yeah we know Fred spend a summer in an air condition...
  • Molly
    1970-01-01
    My hero!
  • Marika
    1970-01-01
    What a wonderful surprise when you find out that your neighbor is the man that is says he is. Fred Rogers didn't play a character, he was the character. This is less a biography and more of a love letter to Fred and his accomplishments. This book does not delve into anything that would seem unseemly or speculations surrounding Fred Rogers.I read an advance copy and was not compenstated.
  • Matthew Noe
    1970-01-01
    Could my review - the guy who has half a shelf in his office dedicated to Mister Rogers - be anything other than 5 stars? I received an ARC of this at ALA in New Orleans and it's all I could want it to be. I suspect some will take issue with the positive and non-confrontational way King addresses any controversy - but his way is perfect for the subject. I'll be buying a copy of this. And the audiobook too. You should too.
  • Stephanie Crowe
    1970-01-01
    Poignant and heartwarming! Fred Rogers is the ultimate champion of goodness and kindness and a wonderful model of Christian spirituality! His devotion to children is unparalleled. King’s storytelling in this biography made me laugh and brought me to tears. My children who have now retired from their careers still have fond memories of watching Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and I still can sing “Won’t you be mine? Won’t you be my neighbor? We st...
  • Roger Smitter
    1970-01-01
    Maxwell King provides us with an engaging biography that provides some history about the growth of television, and, most importantly, challenges us to provide television that advances the skills and knowledge of The most vulnerable of viewers in our culture.King also gives us an example of a person whose life was set with plenty of money from his parents. We learn how Rogers’ shy personality was balanced by a vision for using a new medium of co...
  • Jill Meyer
    1970-01-01
    Fred Rogers slowed down my sons' TV viewing thirty five years ago. Compared to Sesame Street, where every moment seemed spent in frenetic movement, the Mr Rogers show was calm and deliberately paced. Fred Rogers seemed to be able to speak directly to a child. I always wished I could speak so intimately to my own children but then most mothers I knew felt the same way. Fred Rogers is the subject of a superb new bio, "The Good Neighbor: The Life an...
  • Cherie
    1970-01-01
    Disclosure: I received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from EdelweissPlus in exchange for an honest review. Fred Rogers has helped to develop the minds of youth for many generations, so it’s wonderful to learn how he developed into everyone’s favorite neighbor.As you read about his sheltered childhood in Latrobe, PA, you will glean some insight into why Fred Rogers is so invested in children’s development. Then moving on to his college years an...
  • Katie
    1970-01-01
    When I heard there was going to be a Mister Rogers biography released, I was eagerly anticipating it. I, like so many others, grew up with Mister Rogers and his make believe friends. I now get the renewed joy of hearing his songs and messages reworked as my small children are all big fans of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Still, I didn’t really know much about Rogers as a person, so this biography was illuminating. If anything, this made me lov...
  • Bexa
    1970-01-01
    This was a free ARC through work. This was amazing. Read by LeVar Burton, who was the best choice ever. This starts with Fred Rogers family, how his grandfather and father developed a successful business in die casting in Philadelphia, how his mother wasn't able to have more children but they adopted a daughter when Fred was 11, how Fred was a quiet and slightly chubby child and was bullied by classmates, and how all this formulated his desire to...
  • Frances Thomas
    1970-01-01
    I grew up in Pittsburgh watching The Children's Corner, the precursor to Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, so I was delighted to read this book. Maxwell King does a thorough job of describing what made Fred Rogers such a treasure. The history of Rogers' family in the town of Latrobe was fascinating and new to me. It was also interesting to read what the cast of characters of both Rogers' life and work had to say about him. Rogers was not perfect, althoug...
  • Gretchen Freeman
    1970-01-01
    An extraordinarily well-written biography of an extraordinary man. King has given readers the definitive biography of Fred Rogers that tells the story from his privileged childhood through an exemplary life dedicated to the healthy development of young children employing the medium of quality educational television. So refreshing in our hyper-speed culture of negativity to remember Mr. Rogers' gentle yet profound messages of optimism and acceptan...
  • Rick Lee Lee James
    1970-01-01
    This isn’t the best book on Fred Rogers that I have ever read however it is probably the best biography from a standpoint of being exhausted. A lot of it is rehashing what most of us already know if we have seen a documentary or read a book on Fred, but it is still an excellent resource if you want to know more or if you have never been introduced to Fred Rogers behind the scenes. That being said, there is new information in the book, we just d...
  • Doni
    1970-01-01
    I'm very glad there is a biography out about Fred Rogers. While Maxwell did a thorough job, even interviewing the locker room attendant whom Fred was friends with where he swam every day, I finished the book wondering if Maxwell King was really the best candidate for writing the book. While some distance from a biographical subject can be helpful, the voice felt at times too far removed. Particularly in the prologue and epilogue.
  • Keith
    1970-01-01
    I love the man and I definitely learned some interesting things from this book, but I think the fact that he led a quiet and private life left too much space to fill and the author didn't always find great material to fill that space. Some facts and anecdotes were even brought up multiple times. Still a very nice tribute to a very nice man.
  • Lynda
    1970-01-01
    This book is so much more than just a biography of Fred Rogers. It’s also the story of children’s television & PBS. It’s the story of being mindful of words, speech, talk & subject matter. The life of Fred Rogers continues to influence people today...be kind, be inclusive, be just who you are. @abramsbooks #arc