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Episode 1134

Air Date: February 18, 1971
Previous Episode: 1133
Next Episode: 1135

Mister Rogers arrives with a variety of stringed instruments including a violin, viola, cello, and bass violin. He demonstrates each one to show the different sounds that they make and also compares their various sizes.

Taking a few of the instruments with him to Negri's Music Shop, Mister Rogers watches as Joe Negri and Johnny Costa join a group of musicians rehearsing a "fancy arrangement" of Days of the Week. Each of the musicians demonstrates the stringed instruments that Mister Rogers previously shared before coming back together to play Ornithorhynchus Anatinus.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Handyman Negri and Elsie Jean Platypus sing Ornithorhynchus Anatinus to help baby Ana fall asleep. Queen Sara arrives at the Platypus mound and expresses her concern for King Friday who she feels does not have enough to do.

Mr. McFeely arrives with a bass fiddle kit for King Friday which Handyman Negri quickly assembles. When King Friday tries to play the bass fiddle, he is frustrated when he cannot make beautiful music. At Handyman Negri's suggestion, King Friday considers taking music lessons.

Back at the house, Mr. McFeely stops by to pick up the remaining instruments to be returned to Negri's Music Shop.


As the episode transitions to Negri's Music Shop, Let's Be Together Today plays in the background. Transitioning back to the house, Ornithorhynchus Anatinus plays in the background.

A boom mic is visible at the top of the screen while the quartet plays at Negri's Music Shop.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Carl McVicker
  • Fritz Siegal
  • Godfrey Layefsky
  • Michael Grebanier




Episode Credits

Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in association with Small World Enterpriese, Inc. for N.E.T.

Created and Written by Fred Rogers
Produced and Directed by Sam Silberman
Music Director: John Costa
Neighbors: W.P. Barker, Joe Negri, David Newell
Musicians: Fritz Siegal, Godfrey Layefsky, Michael Grebanier, Carl McVicker, John Costa (uncredited)

Production funds for this television visit were provided by a grant from the Sears Roebuck Foundation and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1970 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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