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Episode 1251

Air Date: May 8, 1972
Previous Episode: 1250
Next Episode: 1252

Mister Rogers arrives with a tub full of craft supplies and a copy of Ezra Jack Keats' book, Apt. 3. After Mister Rogers shows a few of the pictures in the book, Mr. Keats stops by for a visit and reads the book. Mr. Keats mentions that he will be going to Negri's Music Shop where he hopes to find a copy of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture -- a piece he remembers fondly from his childhood.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, the Roman numerals "XIII" are missing from the front of the castle. King Friday sends Lady Aberlin and Handman Negri in search of the "roaming numerals." Suspecting Lady Elaine Fairchilde may know something, they start at the Museum-Go-Round where they find a note from Lady Elaine: "I didn't take it."

Helping the search party, Lady Elaine finds that the "XIII" may be "someplace else" which leads them all to Donkey Hodie's windmill at Someplace Else. There they find Donkey Hodie in possession of the Roman numerals and learn that King Friday had promised to pay Donkey Hodie the amount of "13" in exchange for his work on the castle's waterfall. Not wanting to bother King Friday for the payment, Donkey Hodie had taken the first "13" he had seen. The Roman numerals are returned to the castle and the misunderstanding is resolved with a proper payment to Donkey Hodie.

Back at the house, Mr. Keats returns with the record he found at Negri's Music Shop. As they listen to the record, he and Mister Rogers take the tub of craft supplies to the kitchen where Mr. Keats creates artwork using paint and water.


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Although he leaves the craft materials on the table at the end of the episode, Mister Rogers mentions the next day that he "came later yesterday and cleaned up all of that stuff."

Appearing In This Episode


  • Ezra Jack Keats




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Joe Negri, Ezra Jack Keats
"Apt. 3" courtesy of The MacMillan Co.
Music Director: John Costa
Directed by Bob Walsh

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh
The people who gave the money to make this television visit are the people of The Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

1972 Family Communications, Inc.

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