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Mary Poppins Hardcover – June 1, 2006
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Grownups who have forgotten Mary Poppins's true charms will be tickled pink to rediscover this uniquely unsentimental fantasy. Younger readers will walk into Mary's world without batting an eye--of course the animals in the zoo exchange places with people on the night of the full moon. Certainly a falling star landing on a cow's horn will make her dance ceaselessly. Why wouldn't one be able to enter into a chalk picture? The only disappointing aspect of this classic is that it doesn't go on forever! (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In this, the final Mary Poppins book that P.L. Travers gave us before her death at age 90, we share the five Banks' childrens' adventures. Besides Jane and Michael, who were in the classic Disney movie, there are also toddler twins John and Barbara and infant Annabel.
A big departure from the Disney flick is Mary Poppins herself. Here, she is not the smiling, syrupy sweet nanny that young Julie Andrews portrayed; rather, the book's title character is strict, stern, often sarcastic and very taken with herself. Her strong personality makes her a unique storybook character and readers will find this Mary Poppins more of an enigma. Which, frankly, makes for better stories.
Everything in this book is G-rated but not preachy. Travers gives her young readers many fascinating, but never frightening, fantasy situations. Or are they real? Jane and Michael can never quite tell. The lines between what's real and what's not always blur around Mary Poppins.
This book is a series of unrelated chapters, self-contained stories, all dealing with the same main characters. Nothing is ever as it seems in the nursery of No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane -- or in the nearby park.
On a hot summer's day, Mary Poppins tells the children a tale of a hobo who was an angel in disguise, shedding his rags and growing wings as he flies away.
In another chapter, Michael, upset that he's caught a cold, finds that some days when everything seems to be going all right, it's actually going all wrong. He's taught a valuable lesson on a planet full of cats.Read more ›
Growing up in the U.S., with no concept of what a nanny was, I still loved her right away. What is odd about this is that she actually isn't all that likable. She is quite vain and very, very bossy. She says 'no' a lot, and rarely stops to explain herself or reveal her secrets. Yet somehow you know that she will never let you down and she always will do what she says. Young Jane and Michael (and the even younger twins) couldn't ask for a better guide and protector. In a family where the father is most often at work 'in the city' and the mother is loving but a trifle inept, Mary is the glue that keeps things working together.
The book is actually a series of short tales of a fantastical nature. Sometimes the tale contains the requisite grain of wisdom and sometimes it is just silly fun. Perhaps the willingness to be light hearted is what charms young listeners. In addition to those already mentioned, there is the tale of the dancing cow, and a touching explanation of why we cannot talk to birds. Even though the book is quite readable for an 8 or nine year old, it is really best for being read to children. The adventures should be appealing to almost any child and the pen and ink sketches are a delight to look at.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is not the movie. This is a collection of short stories featuring Mary Poppins and the kids.Published 7 days ago by tinman01
What is NOT to love about Mary Poppins. Love the old style presentation of this book.Published 16 days ago by It's Ewe Natural Dyes
I bought this mainly for ME.........I remember reading the series when I was in 2nd grade and loved it. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Elaine May
It was quite the story. Mary Poppins has been my favorite Disney movie of All time. Finally read the book and was not disappointed .Published 21 days ago by fraser62
I really love this series. They are great books and I think kids and adults will enjoy them.Published 1 month ago by Hal
Good read. I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series.Published 1 month ago by Terry
Mary Poppins is a strange, mysterious character, always strict and almost always short on patience. The book should entertain children, as it did mine, although I wouldn't call it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by P. R. Mclaughlin
Cute stories that I'll share with my 2nd grade classroom. Some similarities to the movie so it will be an exercise in comparrisons.Published 1 month ago by waning