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Myth, Symbol, and Meaning in Mary Poppins (Children's Literature and Culture) 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0415977678
ISBN-10: 0415977673
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Giorgia Grilli teaches children's literature at the University of Bologna. She has published four books on children's literature in Italian.
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Product Details

  • Series: Children's Literature and Culture (Book 41)
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (November 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415977673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415977678
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Somehow I discovered Mary Poppins at the our local library as a child I immediately was enthralled and enchanted by the books. They taught me that there is both practicality and magic in life, and that I needed to explore and exist in both. This analysis of the Poppins books by PL Travers gets it The author presents the setting in Edwardian England, social roles and status, Travers biography and writing style, insights into the governess' role and the deeper meaning of Mary Poppins adventures. Originally written in Italian, it seems to be particularly well translated. I do disagree with the authorin one regard. I see Poppins as a powerful witch, not merely a trickster figure, who could cross the boundaries between the mundane and the magical and could create change and bring things to order. Although she does present paradoxical and subversive events, these adventures on the children's outings are Experiences, not to be explained. And Mary Poppins never explains anything!
This book is an analysis of the book series, not the Disneyesque cheerfully odd and greatly diminished cleaned up screen Mary. Apparently issues now in paperback, it's much more affordable than previously. If you love this character and want deeper insights definitely read this book.
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Very important companion to P. L. Travers wonderful Mary Poppins.
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