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Episode 1330

Air Date: February 22, 1974
Previous Episode: 1329
Next Episode: 1331

Mister Rogers arrives with a postcard showing a picture of Mt. Fuji in Japan. The card is from Ezra Jack Keats and shares the news that is returning from Japan and will be visiting the Neighborhood that day.

Elsie Neal stops by with some freshly gathered chestnuts which she makes into a decoration. Before leaving, Ms. Neal mentions that she will be having a display of circus miniatures at her craft shop next week. In the kitchen, Mister Rogers remembers that as a child, he would play with chestnuts by dropping them through a tube into a bowl. As he demonstrates, he sings You Are Special.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Lady Aberlin has received a letter from Mrs. Frogg which informs those in the Neighborhood that Purple Panda has been helping with a circus in Westwood. At the request of Lady Aberlin and Edgar Cookie, King Friday agrees to invite the circus to make a stop in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Dancing her way to the tree, full of excitement, Lady Aberlin shares the news with X and Henrietta. Getting the impression that the circus was definitely coming, X and Henrietta are disappointed (and somewhat annoyed with Lady Aberlin) to learn that the circus plans are only an idea at this point. Rather than just wish that the circus was coming, they all decide that it would be better to actively do what they can to make the circus visit happen.

Back at the house, Ezra Jack Keats visits Mister Rogers and shares a book he wrote called Skates! which helped to encourage one community in Tokyo to build a skating rink. He also shares several photographs and momentos from his trip to Japan.


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Appearing In This Episode


  • Ezra Jack Keats




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Betty Aberlin, Elsie Neal, and Ezra Jack Keats
"Skates!" by Ezra Jack Keats courtesy of Franklin Watts, Inc.
Writers: Fred Rogers, Betsy Nadas
Film Producer: Laura Perkins
Associate Producers: David Newell, Nan Wheelock
Assistant Producer: Azriel Gamliel
Assistant to the Director: Norma Franklin
Directed by Bill Moates
Music Director: John Costa

Produced by Family Communications, Inc. in association with WQED, Pittsburgh

The people who gave the money to make this television visit are the people of The Sears Roebuck Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

© 1973, 1974 Family Communications, Inc.

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