About Mary Rodgers
The daughter of composer/lyricist Richard Rodgers, Mary
Rodgers is a much-published author. Freaky Friday, her turn-around tale
of hilariously switched identities --- which Charlotte edited --- was published
in 1976. It is still in print, and still delighting young readers. It was made
into a Walt Disney film. (Cover of current edition of
Freaky Friday is pictured left.) It was followed by two other
identity-switch tales, A Billion for Boris and Summer Switch,
following the same ill-fated family.
Mary also compiled the famously non-sexist children's album,
groundbreaking for its time, Free to
Be You & Me, which included a version of Charlotte's book William's
Doll. It, too, remains popular.
Mary Rodgers on being edited by Charlotte
"It's a pity that websites hadn't been invented when Charlotte was
doing all her wonderful work with me on my books. Why? (I don't really have to tell you why, do I?) She spoke so
quietly that a bat would have trouble hearing her!
"Happy Birthday! I love you dearly --