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Episode 1100

Air Date: March 20, 1970
Previous Episode: 1099
Next Episode: 1101

Mister Rogers arrives with a picture book about animals which he shares with viewers. After looking at the book, he talks about living things and sings It's Such a Good Feeling. Mr. McFeely stops by with a film about one of the animals seen in the book -- a duck-billed platypus.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Henrietta Pussycat and X the Owl feel that it is unfair that King Friday has asked the Platypus family to leave the Neighborhood. At the Platypus mound, Lady Aberlin shares with Elsie Jean that King Friday wants his baby to be the first in Make-Believe -- not the baby Platypus that will be hatching soon. Lady Aberlin encourages Dr. Bill and Elsie Jean by singing Be Brave, Be Strong.

Meanwhile, at the castle, Digger Digorum joins Dr. Bill as he arrives to question the orders of King Friday. When Queen Sara learns that King Friday has asked the Platypus family to leave Make-Believe, she explains that the Platypus baby will be the first animal baby and hers will be the first human baby. Pleased with the idea of the two babies playing together, King Friday changes his mind and allows the Platypus family to stay.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers goes back to the animal book before he concludes by singing I'm Taking Care of You.


The animal book shared by Mister Rogers is The Life Picture Book of Animals by Robert Mason.

When Mister Rogers shows elephants in the picture book, We Are Elephants plays in the background.

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Episode Credits

Produced by WQED Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in association with Small World Enterpriese, Inc. for N.E.T.

Producer-Writer: Fred Rogers
Associate Producer-Director: David Fu-Ying Chen
Music Director: Johnny Costa
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, W.P. Barker, Anna Haworth, David Newell
Psychological Consultants: Margaret McFarland Ph.D., Albert V. Corrado M.D.
Assistant Producer: Hedda Sharapan
Lighting Director: Art Siegal
Art Director: Jack Guest
Production Assistant: David Newell
Technical Supervisors: Tom Knight, Ken Anderson
Video Tape Editor: Chet Bednar
Cameramen: Bob Vaughn, Dick Reschoff
Video: Don Williamson
Audio: Chuck Sradomski
Executive Producer: Paul K. Taff

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

© 1970 National Educational Television and Radio Center

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