Every American Family Will Want To Make PBS Distribution’s New ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ Collection Theirs

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Late this past July, PBS Distribution released a brand new collection of episodes from the timeless, beloved PBS series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Released July 16, Would You Be Mine Collection is the second official collection of episodes from the series to be released by PBS Distribution, its predecessor It’s A Beautiful Day Collection having been released last year.  This latest collection is another wonderful presentation from what is one of the greatest programs in the modern history of television.  That statement is supported in part through the collection’s episodes and their content.  This will be addressed shortly.  The four-disc box set’s packaging proves to be just as important to the collection’s presentation as its primary content and will be addressed a little later.  The set’s bonus content rounds out its most important elements, and will also be addressed later.  Each item addressed here is important in its own way to the whole of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Would You Be Mine Collection.  All things considered, they make this collection one that every family will want to make theirs.

PBS Distribution’s recently released Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood box set Would You Be Mine Collection is another impressive presentation from a series that is one of the greatest programs in the modern history of television.  That is proven in part through the collection’s primary content.  The primary content is made up of 30 more episodes lifted from the series’ years-long run.  The episodes are pulled from as far back as 1979 and as recent as 2000.  The set opens fittingly with the episode “Mr. Rogers Rides The School Bus.”  Considering that the set was released in late July, just ahead of the start of the new school year, it is a great way to start the set and start getting.  A little deeper into the set, Mr. Rogers tackles the subject of the different kinds of families that exist in the Disc Two episode, “Mr. Rogers Talks About Families.”  Even farther into the set, audiences are presented with one of the series’ heaviest episodes in “Mr. Rogers Talks About Mistakes.”  The episode finds Daniel Tiger asking if he was a mistake at one point because there is no one else like him.  This is a huge deal that so many parents have to tackle, as well as children.  The episode also focuses on the less deep matter of making mistakes in general in life, and explaining that mistakes happen, that it is natural.  The whole thing closes with Mr. Rogers showing a tape of how erasers are made.  This is important because while he does not just come out and say it, the focus on erasers serves as a starting point on talks about how mistakes can be “erased” whether they be on paper or in real life.  It’s too bad he did not get to start that talk, but it is there.  This is just the start of how much the set’s content has to offer audiences of all ages.  Mister Rogers also tackles issues, such as pollution and ecology, dealing with negative emotions and even the arts in this set’s episodes.  Between all of this and much more, the primary content featured in this set offers audiences of all ages plenty to appreciate.  It is just one part of what makes the set so enjoyable.  The set’s packaging adds to its appeal.

The packaging of this latest collection is right in line with its predecessor.  It features a brief synopsis of each of the featured episodes as well as the exact episode number.  The episode summary makes it easier for viewers to choose which episode(s) they want to watch.  This is an aesthetic element, but truly important in its own right.  The less time viewers have to spend choosing a favorite episode, the sooner they can enjoy the set’s episodes, so kudos to those responsible for this addition.  The specific episode number might not seem important, but in fact is very important in that Mister Rogers tackled many of the same topics many times over throughout the course of his show.  At the same time, he tackled the topics in many different ways throughout that run.  The discs are placed on either side of two plates inside the case, protecting each from scratching, and at the same time, assuring the case itself is not a bulky package.  That means that the case saves space on DVD racks and shelves.  So herein is another positive in the set’s packaging.  All of these positives taken into consideration make clear why the packaging of this set is just as important to its whole as the set’s primary content.  When the two elements are examined together, they show even more clearly why the collection is another appealing offering from PBS Distribution.  They are not the set’s only positives.  Its bonus content rounds out its most important elements.

The bonus content featured with Would You Be Mine Collection is an extra episode that is also perhaps one of the most famous and beloved of the series’ run – “Mister Rogers Talks About Competition.”  It is within this episode that audiences are taken into a factory and learn how crayons are made.  The segment is a subtle starting point on a discussion on crayons’ different colors and how they come together to make a beautiful whole.  The crayons are a metaphor for humans and the different colors of everyone’s skin.  This is genius and is just as relevant today as it was in its original broadcast.  He also uses this episode as the basis for a discussion about the importance of doing instead of just winning.  This is an all-too-important lesson considering how competitive so many parents can and do get when they put their children into competitive sports.  Stories have run on the news quite a bit even now in the 21st Century, about parents who are so overly competitive with their kids’ sports that they interject themselves into their children’s sporting events in violent fashion.  Keeping that in mind, this lesson is one from which viewers of all ages can take a certain amount of insight and knowledge.  He also takes a moment to remind his young viewers that they are special because they are not like anyone else.  This echoes the sentiment in the episode noted here about mistakes.  No one is a mistake, and we are all special.  These lessons, reiterated by Mister Rogers, make this collection that much more special.  When all of this is considered, it shows why the famed “Crayon Factory” episode of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood is such an important presentation.  When the importance of this bonus is considered with the impact of the collection’s primary content and its packaging, all three elements join to make the collection in whole another presentation that every family in America will want to make theirs.

Mister Rogers Neighborhood: Would You Be Mine Collection is another positive presentation from PBS Distribution.  It is more proof that while Fred Rogers might not have been Catholic or performed physical miracles, he did perform miracles in making this world and its people better, and in turn deserves sainthood.  This collection also serves as another reminder of why television needs more of this and less of the crime and drama that makes up so much programming today.  These statements are all supported through the set’s primary content and its packaging.  The bonus content that is featured with the set rounds out its most important elements.  All things considered, they make this collection another that every family in America will want to make theirs.  It is available now.  More information about this collection is available online now along with lots of printables, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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PBS’ New Fred Rogers Doc Is A Good Starting Point For Audiences Unfamiliar With Rogers’ Life, Career

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Almost one year from now, iconic television figure Fred Rogers will have his life story told….sort of….in a new biopic from Big Beach Films and Tristar Pictures.  The movie will star legendary screen actor Tom Hanks in Rogers’ signature red cardigan sweater and sneakers.  Of course while this seems all good and fine, everybody knows that far too often, biopics are overly embellished with some falsehoods.  Keeping that in mind, so many more accurate documentations of Rogers’ life and career have already been released that have proven far more worth audiences’ time.  One of the most recent of those more worthwhile presentations is PBS’ latest Fred Rogers doc, It’s You I Like.  Having originally aired on PBS stations nationwide March 8, the hour-long program will be released on DVD Oct. 2.  Not to be confused with Universal Pictures’ equally popular big-screen Fred Rogers doc Won’t You Be My Neighbor, this program is not the first toe be released from PBS, but is still an enjoyable look at Rogers’ life and career.  That is due in no small part to the story at the center of the doc.  This will be discussed shortly.  The program’s transitions, by connection, are just as important to examine as the story.  They will be discussed a little bit later.  The footage, pictures and interviews used to help tell the story round out its most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of It’s You I Like.  All things considered, they make It’s You I Like another welcome look at Fred Rogers’ life and career.

PBS’ latest profile of Fred Rogers, It’s You I Like, is another welcome look at the life and career of one of television’s most iconic figures.  The network’s first profile of Rogers since 2011’s Mister Rogers & Me, it is a good companion to that profile.  That is due in part to the program’s central story, which discusses what made – and makes – him so respected and beloved to this very day. It presents – as with so many other previously released docs – a man who was genuine in how he addressed tough topics, such as death, divorce and even where babies come from and who was just as genuine off camera as he was on camera.  Audiences also learn through the program that apparently, Mister Rogers had quite a sense of humor, and not in a bad way, either.  The story is told partially through interviews with celebrities, such as John Lithgow, Judd Apatow and Sarah Silverman, as they discuss Mister Rogers’ influence on them as they watch vintage clips of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Veteran actor Michael Keaton, who got his start in show business on the long-running series, serves as the program’s host, and adds his own stories of life on set and of Fred Rogers, the man behind the camera.  The whole thing uses music, fittingly, as the foundation for the presentation.  The focus on music here is fitting because, as noted at one point in the program, it is noted that Rogers earned a degree in music composition in college.  Again, this is not the first time that this has been noted in a documentary on Rogers’ life and career, but maybe not everyone knew this.  To that end, it is a good addition to the program, as it explains why there is such a heavy emphasis on music throughout this story.  Considering all of this in mind, many audiences will find the story at the center of It’s You I Like familiar.  For those who might be less familiar with Rogers’ life and career, it is a good brief, but concise introduction.  To that end, this presentation will appeal, at least in terms of its story, more to audiences less familiar with Rogers’ life and career than those who have seen the other Fred Rogers docs that have been released already.  Staying on that note of the story’s familiarity, the story’s transitions are just as important to its presentation as the story itself.

The story’s transitions are of note because they are so smooth.  What is really of note is that Rogers’ beloved “picture-picture” is largely the source of those transitions.  At many points, the story will go from the final scene of one chapter to a slow zoom out of the picture frame and back in at the end of Keaton’s segments.  At other times, the transitions are more basic, going from the final moment of a given chapter to a fade or a smooth cut back to the old set of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.  Regardless of the transitions, it can be said that each one keeps the story progressing so smoothly from one segment to the next, ensuring that viewers will never be lost.  Getting back to the doc’s story, this means that, again, audiences less familiar with Mister Rogers’ life and career are that much more apt to remain engaged and entertained throughout the program.  When the two elements are coupled, they show even more why those noted audiences will enjoy this presentation as their first exposure to the man who was more than just a television figure, but one of America’s most important figures on and off camera.  Having noted all of this, the actual material used to tell the documentary’s story rounds out the most important elements of It’s You I Like.

The material used to tell the story of It’s Your I Like is as familiar as the story itself for most audiences, and just as fresh, again, for those less familiar with his story.  Audiences are presented here with footage and pictures of Mister Rogers on the set of his show, as well as interviews with various celebrities to tell the story.  The footage includes moments, such as Rogers joking with fellow cast mates David Newell (Mr. McFeely), Francois Clemmons (Officer Clemmons) and crew members as well as footage of Rogers interviewing stars, such as Yo-Yo Ma (and his son), Wynton Marsalis and Margaret Hamilton (The Wizard of Oz) at various points throughout.  The pictures featured across the program were taken from the days when the show was still running.  There are candid pictures featuring Rogers and the show’s cast and crew, a picture of Mister Rogers with the one and only Big Bird (from Sesame Street) included in the discussion of Big Bird crossing over into the “Land of Make Believe” and even pictures of Rogers in his youth.  Between those pictures and others, audiences get a wonderfully rich picture of the show from its birth to its end.  Meanwhile the interviews with Rogers’ widow and the previously noted celebrities serve to illustrate even more the legacy and impact of the man who was Mister Rogers.  When those interviews, pictures and footage all come together to tell the story of a man who truly did like everyone, the end result is a documentary that those just starting to learn about Mister Rogers will enjoy.

PBS’ latest Fred Rogers documentary It’s You I Like is a good introduction to the life and legacy of Mister Rogers for those who might not be so familiar with Rogers’ life and career. That is due in part to a story that for other viewers, proves relatively familiar.  It touches briefly on Rogers’ accomplishments and efforts, giving a concise overview why he is still such a revered figure, even in death.  The story’s transitions ensure audiences’ engagement just as much as the story itself, as do the collective interviews, footage and pictures used to help tell the story.  Each element is important in its own right to the whole of the presentation.  All things considered, they make It’s You I Like a doc that fans unfamiliar with Fred Rogers’ life and career will like as much as he liked everyone.  It will be available on DVD Oct. 2, and can be ordered direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Announces Release Date For New Fred Rogers Doc

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Public Media Distribution will release to DVD next month another documentary focused on Fred Rogers and his beloved series Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like was released digitally Sept. 3 and is currently scheduled to be released on DVD Oct. 2. The hour-long documentary, which originally aired on PBS and not to be confused with the other Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor, is a retrospective on Fred Rogers and his beloved series.

Veteran actor Michael Keaton (Batman, Baman Returns, SpidermanHomecoming) serves as host for the heartwarming documentary.  It also features interviews from other well-known figures, such as Yo-Yo Ma, John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the SunThe World According to GarpInterstellar), Whoopi Goldberg (The ViewStar TrekThe Next GenerationGhost) and others.

Mr. RogersIt’s You I Like was produced by JoAnn Young (JFKThe Lost Inaugural GalaOscar HammersteinOut of my Dreams) and John Paulson (JFKThe Lost Inaugural GalaA Raising in the Sun Revisited).  Ellen Doherty and Kevin Morrison of Fred Rogers Productions executive produced.

Mr. RogersIt’s You I Like will retail for MSRP of $19.99 and can be pre-ordered now at a reduced price of $14.99 at PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

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PBS Kids Releasing New Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD Gift Set Next Month

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Officials with PBS announced Tuesday that the network will release a special Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood gift set this fall.

PBS and PBS Kids will release Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Tiger’s Happy Holidays in a special gift set on Tuesday, October 14th. The special gift set includes Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Tiger’s Happy Holidays and a Daniel Tiger toy. The DVD features seven more episodes from the award-winning series, one of which—“Snowflake Day”—is a two-part episode. Everyone in Daniel’s neighborhood celebrates “Snowflake Day” each year. In celebration, the neighborhood holds a community play. And this year, Daniel is the star of the play.

Daniel learns how letters are mailed off in the DVD’s second episode, “Something Special For Dad” after he sees how happy his dad having received a letter from Grandpere in the mail. Seeing how happy the letter made his dad, Daniel wants to mail a letter to his dad, too. So he and his mom go to the post office where they learn how mail is sorted and mailed. To top off his visit, Daniel even gets to join Mr. McSpeedy on his rounds and hand deliver his letter to his dad.

“I Love You, Mom” is another wonderful addition to this compilation of episodes. In this episode, Daniel wants to tell his mom how much he loves her, but wants to do it in a special way. So he and his dad go to Baker Aker’s bakery where they learn how bread is made. While they are there, Daniel gets to make banana bread for his mom. Banana bread is one of her favorite foods. Daniel and his dad bring the bread back and surprise her with the bread, which she then shares with Daniel and his dad.

Grandpere Tiger makes a special visit to Daniel and his parents in “Thank You, Grandpere Tiger,” the fourth episode included on this new DVD. There’s just one problem. Grandpere can’t stay for the neighborhood’s annual “Thank You Day” celebration. That makes Daniel sad. In the process, Daniel learns to be thankful for the time that he and Grandpere get to spend together and gets a very special surprise when it turns out that Grandpere is at the neighborhood’s annual celebration.

Following up on Grandpere’s visit, the DVD continues with the episode “Neighborhood Thank You Day.” Viewers learn all about the neighborhood’s annual “Thank You Day” celebration in this episode. Every year during the “Thank You Day” celebration, everyone in the neighborhood puts a note in the “Thank You Tree” as a way to say thank you to one another. Daniel can’t decide who he wants to thank with his note. He does finally come to a decision. It all ends with a special Thank You Day feast that includes everyone in the neighborhood.

The DVD’s penultimate episode, “Katerina’s Costume” features on Katerina as she is trying to decide what outfit she wants to wear for the neighborhood’s annual Dress Up Day. Daniel and Miss Elena, on the other hand, have no problem deciding on their costumes. Katerina does eventually make her decision.

“Dress Up Day” closes out the DVD. Much like the case of Halloween, Daniel and his friends go to all the stores in their neighborhood, showing off their costumes on Dress Up Day. They get different stickers at every store they visit.

The upcoming DVD gift set will be available Tuesday, October 14th. It will retail for MSRP of $14.99. the DVD will also be available alongside the gift set as a stand-alone presentation. It will retail for MSRP of $12.99. It can be ordered online at PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=45475006&cp=&kw=daniel+tigers+happy+holidays&origkw=Daniel+Tiger%27s+Happy+Holidays&sr=1.

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PBS Kids’ Latest Daniel Tiger DVD Another Must Have For Any Family With Young Children

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PBS Kids recently released its newest DVD from its family favorite series Daniel tiger’s Neighborhood. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Tries Something New is another wonderful addition to the home library of any family with young children. This latest compilation is only the third so far containing episodes from the series. This, believe it or not is something important for parents looking or something for their children especially now as parents count down the last few weeks of summer. Just as worth noting is the content itself within the episodes culled for this DVD. The episodes included in this set teach even more invaluable life lessons for young viewers. And last but hardly least important of this set is the inclusion of even more activities and printable coloring pages. Each factor noted by itself plays its own important role in the overall enjoyment of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Tries Something New. All three factors together make this latest compilation a DVD a must have for any children with young children.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Tries Something New is only the third compilation released so far from this family favorite series. This doesn’t seem all that important on the surface. But when taken into consideration that Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is currently only in its first season and that these DVDs aren’t exactly budget busters, parents won’t feel like they’re that far behind or that they’re too expensive if their children are asking for any of these DVDs. Sometimes, parents can feel overwhelmed when trying to keep up with this DVD or that DVD that their kids want or that would keep their children entertained. That won’t be the case here for the reasons noted. So as minor as these details might seem on the surface, the DVD’s cost effectiveness and the fact that it’s only the third DVD to be released so far become even more important in its overall enjoyment and success.

The cost effectiveness of the latest Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD and that it’s only the third releases so far are both important factors for any parents trying to decide whether or not to pick up this DVD. It’s only one part of what parents should take into consideration in making their decisions. Just as important to consider are the lessons taught throughout the course of each of its eight shorts. “Daniel’s Babysiitter” teaches young viewers about both having patience and that just because parents go out, they aren’t leaving forever. This can apply not just to situations such as parents going out on a date night alone but to something as simple as a parent leaving the room for a few minutes. Speaking of parents going out, “A Night Out At The Restaurant” is another example of the lessons taught in this compilation. This short teaches children about proper behavior in a social situation. It also serves to reiterate the lesson of patience to young viewers. If that’s not enough, there are also lessons about playing nicely together and even multiculturalism. There are more lessons for young views in the episodes included on this DVD. And they will get those lessons when their parents pick up this DVD or order it online. It isn’t the last of factors worth noting on this DVD, either. Last but not least worth noting of this DVD is its bonus coloring pages and activities.

The printable coloring pages and activities included with the DVD as bonus material is its last but hardly least noteworthy factor. The activities included with this latest DVD help teach young viewers ways to express their feelings in a healthy way while eating healthy at the same time in the “Feeling Faces” activity.   And in the activity titled “All Aboard,” children get to pretend that they are going for a ride on their own make-believe trolley. It teaches them both about taking turns and that people always come back when they go on trips. It coincides with the first short on the DVD. All the instructions and details on both activities are included with the DVD. All a person needs is a DVD drive and Adobe Reader. The printable coloring pages included this time are the same as on the previous two Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVD compilations. And that brings everything full circle. That’s because parents don’t have to worry at least about the coloring pages being different on each of the DVDs. They are the same each time. That factor is the final touch to a DVD that in the end proves to be one more must have for any family with young children.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Tries Something New is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct from the PBS Online store now. More information on Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is available online now via the series’ Facebook page and official website. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to the Phil’s Picks Facebook page and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog, too.

PBS Kids To Release New Daniel Tiger DVD This Summer

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Officials with PBS Kids recently announced that the network will release another brand new DVD containing more episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood this summer.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Daniel Tries Something New will be released Tuesday, July 15th on DVD. The brand new upcoming DVD will feature eight more episodes from the family favorite series. The episodes included on the DVD see Daniel take his first trip to a restaurant, his first day of school and much more. It will also include live-action music videos as bonus material. The complete episode rundown for the upcoming DVD release is listed below.

Daniel’s Babysitter

Daniel Goes To School

Prince Wednesday Finds A Way To Play

Finding A Way To Play On Backwards Day

Daniel Waits For Show and Tell

A Night Out At The Restaurant

The Dragon Dance

Teacher Harriet’s Birthday

The eight episodes included in the upcoming DVD equal a total run time of one hundred minutes. It will retail for SRP of $12.99. It can be ordered online via PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=35620466&cp=&sr=1&kw=daniel+tigers+neighborhood&origkw=daniel+tigers+neighborhood&parentPage=search.

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Daniel Tiger’s New DVDs Are Fun Even For Adults

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PBS Kids released early this year the first two ever DVDs from the network’s new series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.  The DVDs in question, Daniel’s Big Feelings and Life’s Little Lessons, are both wonderful compilations for any parent with young children.  Parents that have seen the series on PBS Kids will recall that each episode is cut into separate shorts that coincide with one another through their specific themes.  They tie directly into one another.  The episodes collected for these DVDs are presented in exactly the same fashion on both discs.  Those charged with assembling the episodes for the DVDs are to be applauded for that effort.  Just as worthy of applause is the fact that the episodes coincide with one another thematically speaking.  This is one of many aspects the creators of this series pulled over from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood  that pays direct tribute to that landmark program.  It’s one more reason that even parents will appreciate these new DVDs especially if they grew up with Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  And last but most certainly not least important about the two new compilation DVDs is the lessons taught through each short.  The lessons taught through each episode are done so in the same fashion as the lessons taught in Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.  And they’re just as easy for young viewers to grasp.  All things considered, these two new DVDs from PBS Kids are absolutely amazing and wonderful pieces to have for any family not able to catch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.

The episodes culled for Daniel’s Big Feelings and Life’s Little Lessons are the foundation for the success and enjoyment of both DVDs.  Each episode is split into a pair of shorts that coincide with one another.  And each episode in turn coincides with others that follow one specific theme.  That same presentation format is used in both of the new Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood DVDs.  They all run in the same format.  For instance the episodes collected for Daniel’s Big Feelings all tackle negative emotions that people feel.  Each short’s story connects to the short before it, thus making for almost two hours of kid friendly and family friendly entertainment that also includes important lessons on how to work through those negative emotions effectively.  It would have been easy to just throw together a bunch of episodes with a common theme and call it a day.  But the people charged with assembling the episodes for these DVDs didn’t do that.  They showed that they wanted the offer audiences the best possible product for parents and children alike.  That each of the shorts coincides with one another on both discs is a positive on the surface because it carries over the show just as its episodes run on television.  On a deeper level, the manner in which the episodes are presented is the same as the setup of the series that inspired this program.  That’s another positive to both of these DVDs.

Parents that were children themselves when Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood was in its original run on television will recall that Mr. Rogers would take one central theme and use it throughout the course of his show each day.  During each program, he’d go to the land of make believe more than once as part of an ongoing story line.  And even the segments in his home tied in to those segments in the land of make believe.  The themes in question would actually run not just one or two episodes, but a handful of episodes.  To that extent, the creative forces behind Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood have done much the same thing with this program.  That’s evident throughout the series of shorts that make up each disc.  So both the people at PBS Kids and those behind the show have come together to pay true respect to the memory of Fred Rogers and his show in multiple ways here in such a small span of time.  That makes this more than just a bonus.  It makes it a wonderful tribute to the legacy and memory of Fred Rogers.

The manner in which the lessons on each disc are taught is itself a direct tribute to the memory and legacy of Mr. Rogers.  Just as much of a tribute is the lessons themselves.    Mr. Rogers always presented lessons to his young audiences that were both gentle and empowering in their own way. The lessons presented in both of these DVDs are presented in much the same fashion. When Daniel gets angry and jealous, his grown-up friends teach him gently how to handle those emotions. When he has to go to the doctor and is scared of going, a gentle, caring tone is used as it’s explained what the doctor does. These lessons and others taught through each of the shorts collected on the DVDs would make Mr. Rogers proud. The same can be said of everything else noted here. The lessons presented, the manner in which they are presented and the fact that the series directly pays homage to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood together make both of these DVDs a joy for audiences of all ages again and again. They can be pre-ordered now online via the PBS online store at http://www.shoppbs.org.

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