A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood #ourgoodlifebooklist

When I saw this book come across my email I knew I needed to review it. As a child, I loved Mr. Rogers kind voice and gentle ways. I was much older than his normal audience, but my mom had a daycare and so I watched the programming with the little kids.  Mr. Rogers was awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor in 2003 by President George Bush.


I was given this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

It is no coincidence that this post is being published on March18.  March 20th is Wear a Sweater Day in honor of Mr. Rogers.  Let's participate!  If you wear a sweater, use the hashtags #wearasweaterday and #ourgoodlifebooklist and I'll enter you into a drawing for an Amazon gift card!

The book contains the lyrics to 75 of Mr. Rogers poems and songs. The cover is colorful and joyful, showing Mr. Rogers with his famous puppets.  I remembered some of the songs, but most of the poems were ones I hadn't heard. I still enjoyed each and every one of them.

As expected, most of the poems show children how to figure out who and what they are. The advice in the poems is encouraging and helpful to children as they sort out their place in the world. The poems remind me of a more innocent time when it didn't take a crusade for kindness for people to treat one another with respect and dignity.

In addition to the themes of "we are all different" and "be kind to one another" Rogers has poems designed to make kids giggle such as "Elephants."  I enjoyed the belly laughs that come when you read "Walking Giraffe" to a child.

Mr. Rogers also helped kids through tough times as shown in "Good People Sometimes Do Bad Things."  I think kids get the sense that Mr. Rogers has had his own share of bad times and knows how a kid might feel. 

This should be your go-to baby shower gift.  These poems and songs should be a part of every child's learning. With brilliant illustrations by Luke Flowers, this book will be timeless.

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Terri Steffes
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  1. Good old Mr Rogers. Does the younger generation even know about his show or what he did. Probably not al all. Would be nice to introduce them to Mr. Rogers.

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  2. That dude had a lot of personality. I think most people loved him because he was so true to character. I don't know if any of my kiddos even know who he is. And definitely should introduce him again to them.

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  3. I need to read this. I grew up watching Mr. Rogers. He was pretty awesome. I show my kids clips of his show and they like it too.

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  4. I had no idea it was sweater day in honors of Mr. Rogers. I used to watch his show all the time.

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  5. I am such a big fan of Mr. Rogers. I loved the show about him and his life and now I need to go find a sweater.

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  6. My daughters both enjoyed the tradition of Mr. Rogers through the PBS Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. I remember the original show from when I was a kid. Very fond memories indeed.

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  7. Oh man I loved Mr. Rogers as a kid. I need to pick up this book for my kiddos.

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  8. This was one of the only shows that I was allowed to watch as a kid. I was a big fan! My kids have actually never seen the show.

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  9. I used to love Mr. Rogers and now my kiddo loves Daniel Tiger. I definitely need to get this book and I plan to wear a sweater on the 20th!

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  10. I need to get this! Mr. Rogers was my favorite when I was growing up!

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  11. I grew up watching Mr Rogers and he was such an incredible soul. I had my son watch some as well, and we saw the movie. I need to pick up the book for me and so I can share with my son

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  12. Well this book sounds like it would make an amazing shower gift!! I need to remember this!

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  13. It sounds like this book contains some great poems for children. I agree this would make a lovely shower gift with the illustrations and advice.

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  14. #WearAsweaterDay is my thing all winter long but in honor of Mr. Roger's I would make a post on social media. This sounds like a great book.

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  15. I always enjoyed watching Mr. Rodgers. He was truly a gentle soul and remarkable human being.

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  16. Interesting! I need to know more about Mr. Rodgers, sounds like a fun show!

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  17. A Beautiful Day in Neighborhood seems to be a nice book. That kind of book that you read it in only two days during your summer vacation!

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  18. I've heard lots of things about Mr Rodgers, but I'm unfortunately not familiar with him. This looks like a great book for his fans.

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