A visit with Yo-Yo Ma

Mister Rogers shows a picture of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, then goes to visit him. Mr. Ma is practicing and talks about how playing some music helps him feel better when he is away from his family. He talks about how he learns from his children and how he learned to enjoy music from his father. Jill and Nicholas Ma come in and Nicholas works the bow on Yo-Yo’s cello to play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” Mister Rogers talks with Nicholas about other activities he and his father do together, then Nicholas plays “Skaters’ Waltz” on the piano, while his father accompanies on the cello. Mister Rogers joins them the second time. Mister Rogers talks about caring for others and how good that makes people feel.In the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, King Friday is walking his wooden birds, Mimus Polyglottos and Troglodytes Aedon. He and Lady Aberlin talk about the birds and how the King feels fatherly about them. Lady Aberlin shares her concern about Daniel’s lack of a musical father. She goes to speak with Elsie Jean Platypus and then X the Owl about Daniel’s wish for a father. X sees a wolf wandering around the neighborhood near Daniel’s clock. It turns out to be Mayor Maggie in a wolf costume for Wolf Week in Westwood. Daniel tells Lady Aberlin and Maggie that Mr. Aber will be his pretend father. Mayor Maggie offers to be his pretend Wolf-mother, and Lady Aberlin volunteers to be his Aunt. At the castle, Prince Tuesday has found Mimus. Daniel, Maggie, and Lady Aberlin arrive, as does Dr. Bill with his bagpipe and daughter, Ana. Chuck comes with his trombone to accompany the king and Dr. Bill, while the others sing “Then Your Heart is Full of Love.”