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Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

Mary Poppins (original 1934; edition 1964)

by P. L. Travers

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Title:Mary Poppins
Authors:P. L. Travers
Info:London : Collins, 1964 (reprinted 1965). hardcover
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Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers (1934)


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The book is "darker" than the movie was, yet it allows children to express their fears of abandonment and hopes for a better future. Some of the mysterious conundrums children are faced with in their attempt to understand adults are explored, though they are not necessarily resolved.

While I am glad to have listened to the audible edition of this first volume, I am not tempted to continue with the series.

Thompson gave a 5-star performance as a narrator. First class! ( )
  kaulsu | Dec 3, 2014 |
The classic tale about the nanny who could do it all. Mary Poppins, appears to be a children's novel but surprised me. Travers' writing style was great. Worth the read. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
I hate to spoil your image of Mary Poppins but...well, I'm going to spoil your image of Mary Poppins. The version that P.L. Travers created was very different from the one Disney dreamed up. She was a vain woman who seemed to be more concerned with her own appearance than with how she spoke to the children under her care. I found it almost unsettling how biting and cruel she was toward Jane and Michael (the twins John and Barbara featured in one chapter and were incidental to the rest of the story). However, just as in the movie version the children were in awe of her and loved her very much (her feelings about them were not quite as clear). I do think this is worth a read for anyone who grew up watching the Disney classic especially because it gives new dimensions to Mary Poppins AND details new adventures. ( )
  AliceaP | Jun 27, 2014 |
I kept getting this one recommended to me, so I picked it up from the library. It's not great at all. Stick with the movie. The connection is tenuous at best, and features none of the wit, themes, or charm that made it great.

The plot has no cohesion. The chapters are more like vignettes. In fact, the very second chapter, the one after she's been employed and the scene is set, is her hanging out with Bert. No establishing scene of her with the kids. And to boot, Bert only has a one-shot appearance.

Occasionally, something magic happens, like Mary Poppins hears the babies talking (babies that are not in the movie), or they take a magic umbrella to various spots around the world (which was originally cut for being racist). But it's filled with stodgy Britishness, which makes the characters and the path they take unlikeable. ( )
  theWallflower | Mar 17, 2014 |
I was inspired by the recent film capturing Mrs. Travers developing story of Mary Poppins to read her original book. I grew up loving the Disney musical Mary Poppins, but there was a sweet tenderness from this story that I loved. I felt like I really grew to know the characters from the story in this book. The imfamous nanny with so much class inspire these children to have poise and dream. This would be a great authors study book in an upper elementary grade. ( )
  KelseyDavison | Mar 16, 2014 |
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Poussard, ElnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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If you want to find Cherry Tree Lane all you have to do is ask the policeman at the cross-roads.
But Jane and Michael were not taken in by that snap. For they could see in Mary Poppins's eyes something that, if she were anybody else but Mary Poppins, might have been described as tears.... (p. 194)
Don't you know that everybody's got a Fairyland of their own?
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The wind brings four English children a new nanny who slides up the bannister and introduces them to some delightful people and experiences.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152058109, Hardcover)

From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. This classic series tells the story of the world's most beloved nanny, who brings enchantment and excitement with her everywhere she goes. Featuring the charming original cover art by Mary Shepard, these new editions are sure to delight readers of all ages.

It all starts when Mary Poppins is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!

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An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences.

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