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Episode 0018

Air Date: March 13, 1968
Previous Episode: 0017
Next Episode: 0019
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Mister Rogers arrives with a clarinet and talks about his childhood music lessons. He recalls that he did not practice enough and regularly did not live up to the expectations of his instructor. Mister Rogers plays a few notes before using the bell of the clarinet as a pretend telescope.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, clarinetist Louis Paul is inside the castle performing for King Friday. Mr. Paul plays Row Row Row Your Boat as King Friday sings along with his kingly lyrics -- Propel Propel Propel Your Craft. After talking about the importance of practice, they go to the T Room for tea.

Returning to the house, Mister Rogers sings You've Got To Learn Your Trade before taking out a pinwheel. As he demonstrates the pinwheel on the porch, Mrs. Russellite stops by on her way to visit Henrietta Pussycat. Mister Rogers gives her the pinwheel to take with her.

At the oak tree in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, X the Owl is going birdwatching and will not be there when Mrs. Russellite arrives. He asks Henrietta Pussycat to recite a poem for her that he has just made up.

When Mrs. Russellite arrives at the tree, she shows the pinwheel to Henrietta and is introduced to Donkey Hodie. Henrietta shares X's poem with a gracious Mrs. Russellite. Donkey Hodie is intrigued by the pinwheel and mentions his desire to live in a windmill.


X the Owl's poem for Mrs. Russellite:

Dear Mrs. Russellite
You're as pretty as a kite
And I can ask you 1-2-3
If you like my poetry
And I wish I could be here to talk with you
Because I'm going birdwatching
I'm sorry

This episode ends with Mister Rogers putting away his clarinet. He does not change his shoes or put on his coat and leave as usual.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Louis Paul




Episode Credits

Produced by WQED - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: Louis Paul, Barbara Russell
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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