Mister Rogers' Neighborhood

Season 16 Episode 9

Making and Creating (4)

Aired Unknown Feb 06, 1986 on PBS

Episode Recap

Rogers enters with a little cat, Jimmy, and shows a film of Jimmy's birth. Rogers remembers the time his grandfather showed him a cat giving birth. He had his grandfather in mind with the song Did You Know That It's All Right To Wonder? Rogers tells Jimmy that someday, he will be a big cat. Mr. McFeely picks up Jimmy at the ideal time. In the NOM, Chuck Aber fools the Royal family with his King Friday cover. Queen Sara thinks King Friday XIII had a large breakfast. The real Friday addresses "the large me" is really someone behind a cover. Friday asks that Lady Aberlin and a disguised Chuck Aber dance. When they get to the Clock, Daniel is afraid that he might get big if he touches Aber in the Friday cover. Both Lady Aberlin and Chuck Aber assure Daniel that is not the way people change. They have to explain this to the Trolley as well. Back at the television house, Rogers plays on the piano, allowing viewers to dance (with their legs, arms, or eyebrows). A telephone call from poet May Sarton interrupts him. Rogers takes one of Sarton's books to the porch. He reflects on the first poem he ever learned. May Sarton arrives and tells Rogers her early days of creating poetry. She holds a copy of The Fur Person (the same book Rogers holds), and reads the poems The Gentle Cat and Halfway to Silence. Another poet, Chris DeVinck, stops by. He too shares his inspirations for poetry. He also talks of drawing a squiggle with his eyes closed and seeing images in the squiggle. Book: The Fur Person by May Sarton Songs: Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Did You Know That It's All Right To Wonder?, Good Feeling.
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