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Episode 0021

Air Date: March 18, 1968
Previous Episode: 0020
Next Episode: 0022
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Mister Rogers arrives with two tubs of ice cream which he places in the freezer as he sings One and One are Two. Picture Picture shows a film about how people make ice cream in a factory.

Chef Brockett stops by singing I'm a Chef. He and Mister Rogers go to the kitchen where Chef Brockett makes two snowmen -- one out of ice cream and another out of cupcake dough. The one made of dough is for Donkey Hodie who is breaking ground at the site of his new windmill.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, everyone is preparing for the groundbreaking. Lady Aberlin stops by the tree where she practices a song for the celebration -- a "Neighborhood" version of This Land is Your Land. Henrietta slows things down a bit by singing a quiet and peaceful song before Chef Brockett stops by with the "cupcake dough man."

Behind the castle, everyone gathers for the ceremony where King Friday delivers a speech and presents Donkey Hodie with a shovel to use in breaking ground for his new windmill. Donkey Hodie graciously accepts the shovel and the royal land provided by King Friday.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers explains what happens at a groundbreaking ceremony and talks about buildings being erected. He cleans up the kitchen as he sings You're Growing. Chef Brockett returns from the Neighborhood of Make-Believe to collect his things and sings Tomorrow with Mister Rogers as they conclude for the day.


As Chef Brockett creates his ice cream snowman, it is clear that the ice cream has been out far too long for such a project as the snowman has difficulty maintaining its form. Mister Rogers solves the problem by eating the ice cream.

After singing the traditional version of This Land is Your Land, Lady Aberlin adds a Neighborhood verse.

This land is your land
This land is my land
From Daniel's clock, there
To the castle garden
From Corney's factory
To Grandpere's tower
This land was made for you and me

Henrietta's quiet and peaceful song:

In a garden sweet and cool
There's a lovely silver pool
Little fishes swim about
And they never never shout

King Friday's speech is as self-centered as one might expect:

If it were not for me, this groundbreaking would not be taking place. For years, I have led you all in this fine land and have acted as your king and guardian. For years, I have taken upon me the heavy duties of monarch and feel the load extremely heavy on my shoulders. However, light times do arise at which time I rejoice. I trust you all rejoice this day when I present this shovel for ground breaking for the new windmill.

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Episode Credits

Produced by WQED - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for National Educational Television
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Don Brockett
Musical Director: Johnny Costa
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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