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Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

Monday, May 27, 2019

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, 1962-2001
The show was actually aimed at 2-5 year olds, but as PBS said “suitable for all ages”. I actually caught a few episodes. The shows ran 30 minutes, Mon-Friday. In contrast to Sesame Street, with its frenetic emphasis on learning academics, (brought to you by the letter * and number %), Fred Rogers emphasized developing children’s “civility, tolerance, sharing, and self-worth" in a reassuring tone and leisurely cadence". (Washington Post) He tackled difficult topics such as the death of a family pet, sibling rivalry, the addition of a newborn into their families, moving and enrolling in a new school, or divorce. (One of the episodes I watched was about children having surgery.)

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

It's a neighborly day in this beautywood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So let's make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we're together, we might as well say,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?

Won't you please,
Won't you please,
Please won't you be my neighbor?

Spoken*: Hi television neighbor, I'm glad we're together again....
(*Spoken portion changes time to time.)


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