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Episode 1758

Topic: Ready to Read?
Air Date: August 30, 2000
Previous Episode: 1757 - Ready to Read?
Next Episode: 1759 - Ready to Read?
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Mister Rogers finishes working on a wooden sign he has been making for his fish and talks about the graceful nature of the fish.

Mister Rogers then invites viewers to join him as he visits a ballet studio where he talks with a student, instructor, and pianist and watches a performance.

In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, Miss Paulificate is dressed as a fish in preparation for Lady Elaine's new television show called The Reading Game. Lady Elaine wants H.J. Elephant to be on her first program but H.J. is hesitant since he cannot read very well.

Meanwhile, Corney has perfected his machine that will look inside things.

Back at the house, Mister Rogers takes a minute to sit quietly and think before reading a poem.


As Mister Rogers is zipping his sweater during the opening sequence, the zipper snags his tie but he recovers nicely and never misses a beat of Won't You Be My Neighbor.

The "ballet rehearsal hall" that Mister Rogers visits is actually the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre where he talks with dancers Ying Li and Jaibin Pan, instructor Marianna Tcherkassky, and pianist Paul Sisco. As usual, Mister Rogers does not hesitate to jump right in and try something new.

Appearing In This Episode


  • Jaibin Pan
  • Marianna Tcherkassky
  • Paul Sisco
  • Ying Li




Episode Credits

With Fred Rogers
Neighbors: Chuck Aber, Betty Aberlin, Ying Li, Jaibin Pan, Audrey Roth, Paul Sisco, Marianna Tcherkassky
Special thanks to: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; Susan Gill, American Language Program
Executive Producer: Fred Rogers
Producer: Margaret Whitmer
Director: Bob Walsh
Editor: Susan Howard
Associate Producer: Michael Johnson
Location Director: Peter Argentine
Location Production: Jim Bruwelheide, John Burdick, Bob Lubomski, Fred Roth, Doug Sur
Music Directors: Johnny Costa, Michael Moricz

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