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Episode 1397

Air Date: February 25, 1975
Previous Episode: 1396
Next Episode: 1398

Mister Rogers arrives with some large building blocks which he uses to build a tower, a street, and a car. He thinks about some young friends who used blocks and crates to make a pretend fire engine.

Sitting on the porch, Mister Rogers waits to see who the first person might be to come along. Almost immediately, Mr. McFeely arrives to invite Mister Rogers to his house where he has an animal to show.

At the McFeelys' house, Mr. and Mrs. McFeely show Mister Rogers a young llama. They talk about its thick fur and its eating habits.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Mr. McFeely delivers some building blocks to the Platypus mound and Daniel is concerned that the blocks might be used to build "something bad." When Lady Aberlin builds with the blocks, they start to dance around on their own. She and X the Owl (who is pretending to be a fireman) are amazed until they realize that Lady Elaine Fairchilde has attached strings to the blocks.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers attaches string to his own blocks to make them dance. He concludes by singing Pretending.


The wooden blocks used in this episode appear to be the same ones -- in design, at least -- used in Episode 0022 and Episode 1487.

Appearing In This Episode




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Betsy Nadas, David Newell
"Pretend Firemen" produced by Steve Campus Productions, Inc. and the Arsenal Family and Children's Center University of Pittsburgh
Directed by Bill Moates
Music Director: John Costa

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, Johnson & Johnson, Public Television Stations, the Ford Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Supplementary funds for this series have been provided by the Bureau of Education for the Handicapped, U.S. Office of Education

© 1975, Family Communications, Inc.

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