Growing Up in Mister Rogers’ REAL Neighborhood
: Life Lessons from The Heart of Latrobe, PA
About the Book
In a world that cries out for civility and healing, this is the only book about Mister Rogers' Neighborhood by an author who actually calls the place home. Known for his joyful humor, author Chris Rodell tells the story of how Latrobe influenced a young Fred Rogers, how the adult Fred Rogers influenced Latrobe and how both combined to influence him and the world. It relates how visionary educators are beginning to equate Mister Rogers with spiritual leaders like Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. It tells the stories of couples he married, souls he saved and asks 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. Governor Tom Ridge in his admiring foreword says: "Rodell writes about Latrobe and its native son the way Sinatra sings about New York, unflinching about the gritty realities, but with abiding affection and relentless positivity about the future." In the end, the book is about how we can turn the entire planet into Mister Rogers' Neighborhood beginning inside our very own hearts.