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Episode 0017

Air Date: March 12, 1968
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Mister Rogers takes viewers to porch where he introduces a small donkey named Jenny who belongs to Farmer Vincent. He feeds Jenny an apple before Mr. McFeely arrives to take her back to the farm.

Back inside, Mister Rogers hangs a picture of a donkey in the kitchen to play Pin the Tail on the Donkey. He sings The Way We're Supposed to Be before Lady Aberlin stops by and joins the game.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Donkey Hodie is finding his way around and looking for a place to live. Provided with a small windmill by Mrs. Frogg, Donkey Hodie tries unsuccessfully to make it grow into someplace liveable. Lady Aberlin arrives and shows Donkey Hodie how to make a decorative piece of art work using paper and a scissors. Having learned to make this piece from her mother, Lady Aberlin sings I'd Like to Be Just Like Mom as she cuts.

At the tree, Lady Aberlin introduces Donkey Hodie to Henrietta Pussycat. Initially, Henrietta is fearful that Donkey Hodie will bite but he assures her that he only uses his mouth for talking and chewing.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers talks about the importance of being sure an animal is friendly before trying to play with it. Mr. McFeely returns with a receipt for Jenny's return and stays for a quick game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey.


Before hanging the donkey picture in the kitchen, Mister Rogers offers a close look at one of the Neighborhood pictures.

As Mister Rogers goes outside to see Jenny the donkey, someone in a hat can be seen in the corner of the screen handing him the rope. Maybe Farmer Vincent?

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Episode Credits

Produced by WQED - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, David Newell
Producer: Fred Rogers
Director: David Fu-Ying Chen
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

Production funds for this series were provided by a grant from The Sears-Roebuck Foundation and a children's program fund established by N.E.T. affiliated stations.

© 1968 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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