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Episode 1756

Topic: Ready to Read?
Air Date: August 28, 2000
Previous Episode: 1755 - Curiosity
Next Episode: 1757 - Ready to Read?
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Mister Rogers arrives wearing a purple backpack which contains a picture of elephants. He invites viewers to join him as he goes to visit these elephants and learns about their eating habits and watches them as they are cleaned.

Returning to the house, Mister Rogers reveals that he also has a video tape in his backpack -- a film about how people make backpacks.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, H.J. Elephant makes an appearance to which King Friday states in his kingly way: "Oh, my. I do enjoy an occasional bit of banter with a pacaderm. Don't you?" When Mayor Maggie stops by the castle wearing a backpack, King Friday wants to know what is inside. When she does not reveal its contents, King Friday petitions Cornflake S. Pecially to build a machine that can look inside of things.

During this time of make-believe, Handyman Negri sings Let's Think of Something To Do as well as I'm a Man Who Manufactures.


The "elephant place" that Mister Rogers visits early in the episode is actually a part of the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium where he learns from elephant keeper, Willie Tyson.

The film about backpacks was made in association with Tough Traveler, Ltd. located in upstate New York.

This episode is included on the Would You Be Mine Collection (DVD).

Appearing In This Episode


  • Willie Tyson




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Joe Negri, Shirley Skulski, Maggie Stewart, Willie Theisen
Special thanks to: Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, Tough Traveler
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Location Director: Peter Argentine
Editor: Susan Howard
Associate Producer: Michael Johnson
Location Production: Rick Brandt, Steve Becker, Christopher Rossiter
Music Directors: Johnny Costa, Michael Moricz

Produced in association with WQED/Pittsburgh
A production of Family Communications
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