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Mister Rogers arrives and immediately goes to feed the fish – something he forgot to do the day before. After singing A Perfect Day, he tries on several of the costumes that will be used in the Neighborhood production. Mr. McFeely arrives with a book version of Josephine the Short-Neck Giraffe. Mister Rogers wastes no time in beginning to read the story.
Josephine is a giraffe that has a short neck and, though her friends like her just fine, she thinks she is ugly. The story starts with Sunflower (Daniel), Frog (voiced by Chuck Aber), and Tree (Bob Dog), who are joined by Butterfly, Bird, and Bee (voiced by Michael Horton), singing A Perfect Day. They soon notice a very depressed Josephine (Lady Aberlin) sitting by the pond wishing for a longer neck as she sings For a Year and a Day. They try to help her feel better but are unsuccessful. Josephine starts for home but stops with a frustrated, "Nothing's good for anything!”
Inside the elephant home, Father Elephant (Handyman Negri), who plays the slide trombone, is preparing to leave for band practice. The family sings their "family song" (We Are Elephants), before Hazel (Princess Zelda) talks with Mother Elephant (Miss Paulificate) about going to school to learn to read and play the trombone. Mrs. Elephant says she will call Mr. Bulldog, the principal. Hazel wonders if Josephine would like to go too and "learn to grow.”
Outside , Hazel meets Mrs. Giraffe, Josephine's mother. She expresses her concern for Josephine and sings Make Her Smile. Hazel says she will try to help Josephine as Mrs. Giraffe agrees to the school idea.
Skipping along, Hazel finds Josephine and ecstatically explains the plan. Josephine is horrified at the idea of going to a school where "everyone looks nice and [she] look[s] awful” and informs Hazel that she has no interest in learning to play the trombone. Hazel says she is tired of Josephine always moping around, but Josephine still thinks that It's No Use. Hazel heads home for the night and Butterfly, Bird, and Bee drop by and tell Josephine that she should listen to her friend as they sing A New School Day. Josephine starts for home by the light of the full moon.
Back at the house, Mister Rogers pretends to be an elephant and sings We Are Elephants. He also shares that he occasionally felt sad when he was a child because he was not always exactly like his friends.
With Fred Rogers
Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
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