James has only seen Mister Rogers' Neighborhood a handful of times, but he loves it. The first time we watched the show, he seemed less than impressed with the opening, which is, to be honest, kind of dated these days. I encouraged him to give it a few more minutes, and as soon as Mr. Rogers came inside, changed his shoes and sweater, sang that old familiar song, and set down a wooden box filled with batteries, James was hooked.
Today after school, James watched an episode of Arthur, and the guest star was none other than Mr. Rogers himself, transformed into an animated aardvark. It turns out that today is Mr. Rogers' birthday, and I ran across a story about a new documentary on everyone's favorite neighbor, directed by someone lucky enough to know Mr. Rogers personally.
I checked my local PBS site, but couldn't find any information about the film. Hopefully, I'll get to see it soon.
In the meantime, here's another wonderful story about Mr. Rogers and his genuine love for children.