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Episode 1731

Topic: Little and Big
Air Date: August 24, 1998
Previous Episode: 1730 - You and I Together
Next Episode: 1732 - Little and Big
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Mister Rogers arrives with a small toy piano and a yo-yo. He explains that while he is able to play the piano well, he has never been able to make a yo-yo work. He shares this with Marilyn Barnett who stops by for some exercises. Outside, she and Mister Rogers make little and big circles with their arms.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Neighbor Aber is doing arm exercises while Prince Tuesday plays a small toy piano. Mayor Maggie arrives and gives a yo-yo to Neighbor Aber who has difficulty making it work. Prince Tuesday, however, is quite good with the yo-yo and he sets off with Neighbor Aber to show his talents to some of the other Neighbors.

King Friday comes out of the castle and sings Propel Propel Propel Your Craft as Mayor Maggie plays along on the the toy piano. Together, they go inside to the castle's B Room to discuss "big matters."

Meanwhile, at the clock, Daniel performs a very simple disappearing trick for Neighbor Aber and Prince Tuesday who have stopped by with the yo-yo.

King Friday calls everyone back to the castle where he requests to see Prince Tuesday demonstrate his yo-yo talents. Trying it out himself, King Friday grows frustrated when he is unable to work the yo-yo and therefore outlaws all yo-yos in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Back at the house, Mr. McFeely delivers a videotape about how people make wooden yo-yos and also gives Mister Rogers a wooden yo-yo of his own. Marilyn Barnett returns with her friend Evan who shows off several impressive yo-yo tricks. Thinking of Evan's talent as well as Daniel Stripted Tiger's simple disappearing trick, Mister Rogers reminds viewers that everybody's talent is important.


This episode marks the first time that the PBS website is listed during the closing credits.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Evan Minnick




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Marilyn Barnett, Lenny Meledandri, Evan Minnick, David Newell, Maggie Stewart
Special Thanks To: Holgate Toy Company; HPK Marketing, Team High Performance
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Location Director: Susan Howard
Associate Producer: Casey Brown
Location Production: Ed Letteri, Dave Meek
Music Directors: John Costa, Michael Moricz

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
© 1998 Family Communications, Inc.

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