This engaging, perceptive narrative examines the show, its popularity, its long-term cultural impact, and the criticisms it received when it was broadcast ... Whimsical line drawings and a list of further reading enhance the text ... All readers will find inspiration in this uplifting book, particularly in today’s complex world.
Elements of Mister Rogers’ biography may be familiar to his fans, but Edwards’ careful research is sure to introduce new facts to most readers. Though the section, which spans half the book, would benefit from chapter breaks, it effectively sets up part two ... The second half of the book moves quickly, in part because of how deftly Edwards identifies why Mister Rogers remains a legend ... The lessons Edwards shares are simple, just like so many of the messages on Mister Rogers’ PBS program ... Edwards is well versed in popular culture...In Kindness and Wonder, he helps readers see how the lessons from a children’s television legend remain relevant, no matter one’s age.
Edwards affectionately captures the spirit of Fred Rogers (1928–2003) in a crisply told biography that focuses on the enduring lessons Rogers shared with his viewer ... Edwards’s enthusiastic prose vibrantly captures Rogers’s spirit and wisdom.