Book Review: Why Mister Rogers May Matter Now More Than Ever, But Hard to See Why

I recently finished a book named Kindness and Wonder: Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Everby Gavin Edwards.The premise of this book was that we should adopt the same character traits as Mr. Rogers in our everyday lives to make it better. However, the book did not persuade me to make my life or the world a better place through emulating Mr. Rogers’ behaviors.

The book was divided into two parts: the biography of Fred Rogers and the ways in which we could imitate Mr. Rogers’ character traits using examples from Fred Rogers’ life. The biographical section of the book should have been shorter. There should have more focus on Mr. Rogers’ personality and the ways we could make the world a better place. I can understand that the author was probably trying to be apolitical with writing this book, but when you are talking about the discord in today’s society that has mostly been brought on by politics, it kind of seems like the elephant in the room and a miss on his part. The author should have added more recent events into the book in order to convey his points more strongly.

I feel bad reviewing a book about Mr. Rogers in a negative fashion. Mr. Rogers has a special place in my heart from my childhood and I think he is lightning in a bottle. It is rare to find someone that possesses his character traits and touches all demographics to put a smile on their faces every day. However, I feel like this book does not really do him justice with its messaging to convince its reader to go out and make a difference in the world.

If you are interested in more of a biography about Mr. Rogers, this book is for you. If you want more of a self-help book, look elsewhere.

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