Fred's Big Feelings
An inspiring picture book biography about the inimitable Fred Rogers, beloved creator and star of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.Fred Rogers was a quiet boy with big feelings. Sometimes, he felt scared or lonely; at other times, he was playful and joyous. But when Fred’s feelings felt too big, his Grandfather McFeely knew exactly what to say to make him feel better: I like you just the way you are. Fred grew up and created Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the television program that would go on to warm the hearts and homes of millions of Americans. But one day, the government threatened to cut funding for public television, including Fred’s show. So, Fred stepped off the set and into a hearing on Capitol Hill to make his feelings known. In a portrait full of warmth and feeling, Laura Renauld and award-winning illustrator Brigette Barrager tell the story of Mister Rogers: a quiet, compassionate hero whose essential message—that it is okay to have and to express feelings—still resonates today. This book is not associated with or authorized by Fred Rogers Productions.

Fred's Big Feelings Details

TitleFred's Big Feelings
Author
ReleaseJan 14th, 2020
PublisherAtheneum Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781534441224
Rating
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction

Fred's Big Feelings Review

  • Laura Harrison
    January 1, 1970
    Fred's Big Feelings does a wonderful job covering every important aspect of Fred Roger's life. I was pleasantly surprised by how much Laura Renauld included. Accompanied by fantastic illustrations. A marvelous addition to a children or book collector's library.
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  • Glenys Nellist
    January 1, 1970
    In an easy-to-read, simple, style Laura Renauld tells the extraordinary story of the legendary Mister Rogers and makes his message of love and acceptance accessible to a new generation of children. A book as welcoming as Mister Roger's neighborhood itself, and every bit as powerful, 'Fred's Big Feelings' will help children know they are loved just as they are. This lovely new text belongs on every classroom bookshelf and in every home.
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  • Erin Buhr
    January 1, 1970
    I grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and as a parent appreciate his philosophies about childhood and education even more. Fred Rogers was a special person and that is well depicted on the pages on this biography. I love the theme of expressing feelings that runs throughout the book. One of the many things Rogers did was teach us that feelings are normal and need to be talked about and expressed appropriately. That message glows from these pages and I hope it will be used to start I grew up watching Mister Rogers' Neighborhood and as a parent appreciate his philosophies about childhood and education even more. Fred Rogers was a special person and that is well depicted on the pages on this biography. I love the theme of expressing feelings that runs throughout the book. One of the many things Rogers did was teach us that feelings are normal and need to be talked about and expressed appropriately. That message glows from these pages and I hope it will be used to start conversations about emotions with a new generation of children. His history and how he impacted public television is also discussed well. Personally, I teared up reading much of what he accomplished and strove to teach children, but I wonder if a new generation of kids who didn't grow up with him on their tvs will feel the same. I hope so. Whether it's used as part of a lesson on emotions or to teach kids about an influential man in American history, this is a book to put in the hands of teachers, librarians, parents and children.
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  • Abby Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    This picture book biography illustrates the life of Fred Rogers, especially looking through the lens of the feelings that Rogers experienced since acknowledging and honor children's feelings is how Rogers built his career. When he was a child, Fred felt sad, scared, and lonely when he was bullied by other children and isolated due to his asthma. He reflected on those feelings and dedicated his life to helping children experience and manage their own feelings in order to grow up to be caring This picture book biography illustrates the life of Fred Rogers, especially looking through the lens of the feelings that Rogers experienced since acknowledging and honor children's feelings is how Rogers built his career. When he was a child, Fred felt sad, scared, and lonely when he was bullied by other children and isolated due to his asthma. He reflected on those feelings and dedicated his life to helping children experience and manage their own feelings in order to grow up to be caring adults. With several books and films about Mr. Rogers being produced over the past few years, this is a hot topic and this picture book is a good introduction for young readers. The text and illustrations are a good match to a man whose life was so involved with emotional regulation.
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  • Tracey
    January 1, 1970
    I was not a fan of Mister Rogers as a kid. He talked too slowly and I didn’t like the cardigans. But this beautiful, well written picture book is an interesting account of his life. It accomplishes two things. On the one hand, we learn about Mr. Rogers’ “life and legacy,” like the title says. On the other, it is a book about feelings and emotions. These words are in italics throughout the text, and are cleverly interspersed in the story so that we learn about Mr. Rogers through his emotions. A I was not a fan of Mister Rogers as a kid. He talked too slowly and I didn’t like the cardigans. But this beautiful, well written picture book is an interesting account of his life. It accomplishes two things. On the one hand, we learn about Mr. Rogers’ “life and legacy,” like the title says. On the other, it is a book about feelings and emotions. These words are in italics throughout the text, and are cleverly interspersed in the story so that we learn about Mr. Rogers through his emotions. A book for both adults and children!
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  • Lisa D
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it!
  • Aolund
    January 1, 1970
    A thoughtful and heartfelt picture book biography of Fred Rogers focusing on his work as a champion of emotional literacy and public television for children. While the book assumes knowledge of Rogers’ television show, the focus is much more on the importance of acknowledging and standing up for ones feelings. Themes: social emotional storytime, standing up for your beliefsAge range: 5-8
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I'm always on the look out for good non-fiction and biographies for younger audiences and this one is really wonderful. Great pictures and and I really like that the focus is on feelings because this could be recommended to someone looking for books about feelings and emotions and not just someone looking for books about Mr. Rogers.
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  • Edward Sullivan
    January 1, 1970
    A lively, accessible introductory biography.
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