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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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Short book without the illustrations. I guess the later books lead to the saving of Mr. Banks because this one didn't. And...I don't plan to read the other books. Just needed to check this off the sub-bucket list. ( )
  Razinha | May 23, 2017 |
I read this book when I had seen the film at about age eight or nine years old. There are many whimsical details,
and I have always enjoyed the movie. What a masterpiece!

There is a magical quality to the book,too. Mary Poppins seems less cheerful in the book
than Julie Andrews' portrayal. I'm not sure if the magic compass is in the film.

A good read. I also enjoyed "Finding Mr. Banks,"the dramatic movie about the friendship between

P.L. Travers and Walt Disney. An enduring combination of great talents! ( )
  Breton07 | May 20, 2017 |
It is a good fantasy book in watercolor because it creats a believable world and it makes readers think. A blast of wind, a house-rattling bang, and the beloved magical nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives in the Banks home. Quicker than she can close her umbrella, she takes charge of the Banks children — Jane, Michael, and twins John and Barbara — and changes their lives forever. Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the four Banks children have ever seen. She whirls into their home and "spit-spot," she works her inimitable brand of magic to make even the bland seem extraordinary. An endless source of fascinating adventure, she slides up the banister, produces an array of tricks from her seemingly empty carpetbag, and ensures the Banks' lives will never be the same. ( )
  SSilvia | Apr 10, 2017 |
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 |
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It is a good fantasy book in watercolor because it creats a believable world and it makes readers think. A blast of wind, a house-rattling bang, and the beloved magical nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives in the Banks home. Quicker than she can close her umbrella, she takes charge of the Banks children — Jane, Michael, and twins John and Barbara — and changes their lives forever. Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the four Banks children have ever seen. She whirls into their home and "spit-spot," she works her inimitable brand of magic to make even the bland seem extraordinary. An endless source of fascinating adventure, she slides up the banister, produces an array of tricks from her seemingly empty carpetbag, and ensures the Banks' lives will never be the same.
 

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P. L. Traversprimary authorall editionscalculated
Makatsch, HeikeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Poussard, ElnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Shepard, MaryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thompson, SophieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To My Mother
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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.
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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!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:25:09 -0400)

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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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