|THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARCHIVE - All Things Mister Rogers|
Mister Rogers arrives with a slide trombone which he attempts to demonstrate. After a quick review of the previous day, the story of Josephine begins again.
In the story, a new day is just beginning and it's time to go to school. The Elephant family is getting ready (It's Time), but no one goes anywhere before they sing the family song (We Are Elephants). At the Giraffe home, Josephine is still hesitant to go to school, but receives much loving encouragement from her mother. Hazel arrives (It's Time), and has Josephine Promise to try. Led by Butterfly, Bird, and Bee, they pay a short visit to Sunflower, Frog, and Tree. As they continue, they sing You're Much More. Arriving near the school, Josephine suddenly loses her courage, but Hazel assures her that “when you do a new thing, you're more excited than scared."
At the school they meet the principal, Mr. Bulldog (Chef Brockett) who directs Hazel to the music and reading room and takes Josephine to the AAA room – Attractive Active Animals! There, Josephine is introduced to the teachers, Posy (Barbara Russell), a spotted elephant, and Rosy (Mary Rawson), a striped elephant. She also meets Samuel S. Snake (voiced by Bob Trow), a snake that does not know how to “hiss," and J.R. (Neighbor Aber), an extremely shy, tall giraffe. After J.R. demonstrates his speaking exercises, he leaves for his hoof-organ lesson while Josephine starts to get “better acquainted" with her teachers.
In the music and reading class, Hazel is making major progress on the trombone with her teacher Mrs. Mongrel (Winnie Flynn). J.R. enters and Hazel mistakes him for a long-necked Josephine, someone he thinks is nice. J.R. then demonstrates his hoof-organ, a huge rolling keyboard, playing a very jazzy instrumental version of You're Much More. Hazel notices that J.R. is not shy when he plays his music. J.R. begins an organ fugue after which Mrs. Mongrel promises to teach Hazel to read.
Back at the house, Mister Rogers feeds the fish and sings an “attractive active fishes" version of Attractive Active Animals. He then wraps up by re-emphasizing how we are all more than what we look like and sings the end of You're Much More.
With Fred Rogers
Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
Appearing In This Episode
Mister Rogers | Handyman Negri | Miss Paulificate | Princess Zelda | Lady Aberlin | Neighbor Aber | Winnie Flynn | Mayor Maggie | Daniel Striped Tiger | Bob Dog | Chef Brockett | Cousin Mary Owl | Barbara Russell
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