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Episode 1252

Air Date: May 9, 1972
Previous Episode: 1251
Next Episode: 1253

Mister Rogers arrives with some "look closely pictures" -- a collection of printed optical illusions which he shares with viewers. Moving into the kitchen, he takes out some paper and draws his own illusion. After talking about how people's feelings can sometimes be understood by looking at facial expressions, Mister Rogers sings You Are Special.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Ezra Jack Keats visits Someplace Else where he shares a story about a bad king with Donkey Hodie. When Henrietta Pussycat passes by, she assumes Mr. Keats is talking about King Friday and rushes off tell him what she has heard. Donkey Hodie and Mr. Keats are called to the castle where they quickly clear up the confusion and Mr. Keats reads the full story to everyone.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers visits Francois Clemmons at his studio where Chef Brockett is taking a voice lesson. After Chef Brockett shares some "cowboy songs," everyone sings Old MacDonald Had a Farm as Johnny Costa provides the music on the keyboard.


Having left craft materials on the kitchen table the previous day, Mister Rogers mentions that he "came later yesterday and cleaned up all of that stuff."

The story shared by Mr. Keats comes from a book he illustrated -- The King's Fountain by Lloyd Alexander. This book is available for purchase through

Chef Brockett mentions the time he mentioned to Mister Rogers that he had "a friend" who would like to take voice lessons. As it turns out, Chef Brockett was referring to himself. This conversation took place in Brockett's Bakery on Episode 1232.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Ezra Jack Keats




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Don Brockett, Francois Clemmons, John Costa, Ezra Jack Keats
"The King's Fountain" courtesy of E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.
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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