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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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When Katie Nana suddenly leaves number 17 Cherry Tree Lane, the Banks family find themselves in need of a nanny for their four children: Jane, Michael, and the twins John and Barbara. Mary Poppins shows up just at the right time, though amazing things seem to always happen when she's around.

Those looking to find exactly what they remember from the classic Walt Disney movie are going to be disappointed. There are a couple of scenes that will ring a bell, but the movie diverged quite a bit for the second half especially. Mary Poppins is more irritable and exacting in the book. Magical - but very weird - happenings abound, and she always claims they never did or the children dreamed it. I probably would've liked it a lot when I was a kid and could believe in the magic of jumping into a picture or laughing so hard I floated, but reading it for the first time as an adult and in audio format where I probably zoned out a time or two, it was only an okay read. ( )
  bell7 | Feb 10, 2017 |
Read aloud to the family. NOT Disney's nanny - a darker, harsher, colder creation in every aspect. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Oh I know most people rave about this book and I've not too much company in my impressions here, but I didn't love this book as much as I'd expected to. I thought it was well written for a children's book (yes, for a children's book- despite the fact that P.L. Travers wanted to be known as a writer, not a children's author, to me this is a children's book, w/the characteristic repetitions and humor) I guess I wasn't too thrilled w/the character of Mary Poppins. She was irascible, unpredictable, rude and ornery, and yes mysterious and magical too. But somehow despite her mystery, she just was not endearing to me, and so I didn't feel like reading more about her. I don't think I'll be reading the series after all. ( )
1 vote homeschoolmimzi | Nov 28, 2016 |
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers It's been a while since I watched the iconic movie that was based on this book, but its a funny thing when something can be so familiar and yet so foreign. The feel of the book is what I remember the feel of the movie to be but the scenes are certainly different. It seems that they either took quite a bit more artistic license than we see today or they based the movie on several books in the series. 
I did try really really hard to disassociate the book with the movie. It should have been easier given what I said about the scenes, but the characterization was so close to what I remember and the wonder in the midst of ordinary things. I'm definitely adding it to the list of books I need to read with my son as his reading comprehension improves.  ( )
  Calavari | Sep 28, 2016 |
This book, I believe, is a little hard to know where the story was set. They wear Victorian clothing, and it all seems to be in a grand Victorian house, but they have modern-day buses and shops. The four Banks children, Barbara and John, the twin babies, and Jane and Michael, the eldest, have got a nanny and a nursery, that far back in time. Their nanny leaves without word of warning or any notice, and the Banks, of number seventeen, Cherry Tree Lane, have to hire a new one.
No sooner had the first nanny left, and a queer young lady with an umbrella and a carpet-bag came knocking at the door - or rather, was knocked at the door herself. The wind seemed to carry her over the top of the garden gate and blow her right onto the house.
Within only a couple of days of knowing her, Jane and Michael understand that Mary Poppins, this peculiar woman, is no ordinary lady. She gets frustrated, and angry and cross; and never explains anything. But most of all, she has a compass that can take you round the world; an umbrella that seems to fling her at places; an odd, quizzical look when she stares at her reflection in shop windows; an empty bag with stuff always in it.
Probably wouldn't read again but a good novel to read when you want to see something funny and intriguing and serious at the same time. You grow to like Mary Poppins, even though she can be strict and firm and cross. Travers has really caught the essence of her style; usually it can be very hard to make a character nice and angry. ( )
  LaviniaRossetti | Sep 6, 2016 |
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P. L. Traversprimary authorall editionscalculated
Makatsch, HeikeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Poussard, ElnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shepard, MaryIllustratorsecondary 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)
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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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