MISTER ROGERS' GIFT OF MUSIC
Illustrated by Amanda Calatzis, Page Street Kids, 2022.
For 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 in brilliantly colored abstract illustration. Readers will not only learn about what music meant to Fred Rogers, but find the encouragement and inspiration to brighten their lives with song.
Praise for Mister Rogers' Gift of Music
"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."
--Booklist, starred review
"Music shines through the pages..."
--School Library Journal
"... an unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists, and a 'must have' acquisition for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book biography collections for children ages 4-8."
--Midwest Book Review
"Visceral text and illustrations relay the songwriting inspirations of Fred Rogers (1928–2003) while spotlighting music’s unifying power..."