Mister Rogers' gift of music

Donna M. Cangelosi

Book - 2022

Portraying the life of Fred Rogers, this picture book biography focuses on his most memorable songs and musical television moments that celebrate the enduring magic of his music and encourage children to brighten their own lives with song.

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Genres
Picture books
Biographies
Published
Salem, MA : Page Street Kids 2022.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9781645674702
1645674703
Main Author
Donna M. Cangelosi (author)
Other Authors
Amanda Calatzis (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Fred Rogers is fondly remembered for "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" but music played a role in his life long before his ubiquitous TV show. One of his earliest memories was the lift that his grandfather's violin playing gave him when he was stuck inside while suffering from asthma as a little boy, and he soon took to the piano to more fully express his emotions, coming to rely on music as a kind of therapy. Songs became an integral part of his show, too, from the opening moments to the incredible musicians who dropped by. There were songs about joy and love, sadness and anger, and they gave his young audience a powerful outlet for complicated emotions. This beautiful book fills in a few biographical details, but it really shines a spotlight on the powerful role Rogers' music played in his life and that of so many others. The cheerful illustrations, rendered in soft watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil (among other tools), are somehow both lifelike and dreamy, with swirls of musical notes and illuminated lyrics woven around the more straightforwardly drawn scenes and individuals. Young fans will be tickled by the familiar lyrics and swirling colors, and their grownups will delight in gentle nostalgia. An affectionate tribute to both the remarkable man and his musical legacy. Preschool-Grade 2. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Visceral text and illustrations relay the songwriting inspirations of Fred Rogers (1928–2003) while spotlighting music's unifying power. As a lonely, sickly, and bullied child, Rogers found comfort in music. As an adult, he created his legendary television program to help children process their feelings, in part through the hundreds of songs he shared on the air. Cangelosi imbues the rhythmic text with readaloud-friendly literary devices, such as the alliterative "raging rhythms that roared," while Calatzis's busy mixed-media illustrations, which depict racial diversity, demand close inspection. Rogers's song lyrics swirl alongside splashes of bright color throughout, which accompany emotion-oriented metaphors ("storm of dark feelings") alongside realistic depictions of favorite characters. An author's note and bibliography conclude. Ages 4–8. (Aug.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Visceral text and illustrations relay the songwriting inspirations of Fred Rogers (1928–2003) while spotlighting music's unifying power. As a lonely, sickly, and bullied child, Rogers found comfort in music. As an adult, he created his legendary television program to help children process their feelings, in part through the hundreds of songs he shared on the air. Cangelosi imbues the rhythmic text with readaloud-friendly literary devices, such as the alliterative "raging rhythms that roared," while Calatzis's busy mixed-media illustrations, which depict racial diversity, demand close inspection. Rogers's song lyrics swirl alongside splashes of bright color throughout, which accompany emotion-oriented metaphors ("storm of dark feelings") alongside realistic depictions of favorite characters. An author's note and bibliography conclude. Ages 4–8. (Aug.) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

K-Gr 2—Debut author Cangelosi pens a story of Fred Rogers's relationship to music and how he connected it with emotional learning. As a child, Rogers had asthma, a condition that isolated him from his peers. He was also the victim of frequent bullying. At the age of five he began to play the piano, thus beginning his lifelong love of music, and his eventual discovery that it could lead to healing. The story then jumps from his childhood straight to the creation of Rogers's television show and how he used his unique songwriting abilities to connect with children around the world. The illustrations, largely in watercolor, gouache, and colored pencil, bring readers into the world of Mister Rogers and his neighborhood of imagination with love and care. The characters, puppets and humans alike, are immediately recognizable and remarkably detailed and accurate. Music shines through the pages with swirling colors, shapes, and song lyrics, while the lower moments of Rogers's childhood are depicted in tones of gray. VERDICT While other picture book biographies offer a more complete picture of this icon's life, the focus on the musical elements, along with the wondrous illustrations, make this a recommended purchase.—Clara Hendricks Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Portraying the life of Fred Rogers, this picture book biography focuses on his most memorable songs and musical television moments that celebrate the enduring magic of his music and encourage children to brighten their own lives with song.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Portraying the life of Fred Rogers, this picture book biography focuses on his most memorable songs and musical TV moments that celebrate the enduring magic of his music and encourage children to brighten their own lives with song. 25,000 first printing. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

For a young Fred Rogers, music was a gift. It eased the pain of childhood illness and bullying and helped Fred express how he felt when words alone were difficult. As an adult, he gifted his melodies to the world, showing children by example that they can express themselves, cope with negative feelings, and connect to each other through music.This sensitive, life-affirming biography not only portrays the life of this beloved TV personality, but focuses on Fred’s most memorable songs and musical TV moments, and captures the enduring magic of his music in brilliantly colorful abstract illustration. Readers will not only learn about what music meant to Fred Rogers, but find the encouragement and inspiration to brighten their own lives with song.