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Growing Up in Mister Rogers' REAL Neighborhood

Date: 2019
Author: Chris Rodell
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781532080838
Purchase: Amazon (Paperback) | Amazon Kindle


Be My Neighbor was developed by the Global Fund for Children, a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the dignity of children and youth around the world. Global Fund for Children books teach young people to value diversity and help them become productive and caring global citizens.


This is NOT a history of Fred Rogers. It’s not even a history of Latrobe. It includes some history, some biography and some elemental talk about things like whether Latrobe is pronounced “Lah-trobe” or “LAY-trobe.” So it’s more like a freewheeling conversation about what makes this one small town so special. One monumental reason is Rogers, a man visionary educators are beginning to equate with spiritual leaders like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. It tells the stories of couples he married, souls he saved and if calling him “Christ-like” is blasphemous or accurate. It has previously untold stories of Rogers being a life-saving superhero and of him being perfectly human. In a world that cries out for civility and healing, it’s the only book about Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood by an author who actually calls the place home.

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