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THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers

Episode 1559

Episode 1559
Topic Making and Creating
Air Date February 6, 1986
Songs Won't You Be My Neighbor?;
Did You Know;
It's Such a Good Feeling;
The Weekend Song
Guests May Sarton
Chris DeVinck

Mister Rogers arrives with Jimmy, a kitten that belongs to a friend, and shows a film about Jimmy's birth. After the film, Mister Rogers talks about being curious about this sort of thing when he was younger, and how his grandfather allowed him to watch a cat giving birth. He mentions that he had his grandfather in mind when he wrote the song, Did You Know. Of course, Mister Rogers then sings Did You Know before Mr. McFeely stops by to pick up Jimmy.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin and Lady Elaine are at the castle with Neighbor Aber who puts on his King Friday mask. When Queen Sara comes out, she is surprised to see the larger version of her husband: "Why, Friday, you must have had a huge breakfast!" The real King Friday arrives and is surprised as well: "Who is holding that large mirror?"

Once he figures out that his guest is Neighbor Aber, King Friday asks to see him dance with Lady Aberlin. When they dance all the way to the clock, Daniel is fearful of the larger King Friday but is relieved to find that it is only Neighbor Aber wearing a mask.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers plays the piano and encourages viewers to make a dance as he plays. After a phone call from May Sarton telling him she will be visiting soon, Mister Rogers takes a book by Ms. Sarton to the porch where he waits for her arrival. As he waits, he reflects on the first poem he ever learned. Ms. Sarton arrives and joins Mister Rogers on his porch swing as they talk about creating poetry. Together they read The Gentle Cat and Halfway to Silence, both found in her book The Fur Person. Chris DeVinck, another poet, stops by to pick up Ms. Sarton and stays long enough to share his thoughts on poetry as well.


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Notes

  • As Neighbor Aber and Lady Aberlin dance past the tree, a sharp eye will see Henrietta and X inside their respective doors as well as Ana and Elsie Jean Platypus at the Platypus mound.

  • Mister Rogers shares that his grandmother taught him the first poem he ever learned:

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    Sugar is sweet
    Aand so are you

  • The Fur Person by May Sarton can be purchased on Amazon.com.
  • Download this episode from Amazon Video On-Demand.

Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Chris DeVinck, David Newell, May Sarton
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producers: Sam Newbury, Margaret Whitmer
Director: Paul Lally
Music Director: John Costa

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1986 Family Communications, Inc.


Appearing In This Episode

Mister Rogers | Lady Elaine Fairchilde | Lady Aberlin | Neighbor Aber | Queen Sara Saturday | King Friday XIII | Henrietta Pussycat | X the Owl | Ana Platypus | Elsie Jean Platypus | Daniel Striped Tiger

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