Mary Poppins by P. L. TraversMary Poppins by P. L. Travers

Mary Poppins

byP. L. TraversIllustratorMary Shepard

Paperback | May 5, 2015

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"Delightful nonsense that defies an age boundary of appreciation." &nbsp - Booklist
&nbspWith a brand-new look, this classic tale continues to enchant readers of all ages!&nbspFrom the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane in this first book of the Mary Poppins series, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. 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 can slide up banisters, pull an armchair out of a carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste delicious? A new generation of children will delight in this new edition!
P. L. Travers (1899-1996) was a drama critic, travel essayist, reviewer, lecturer, and the creator of Mary Poppins, as well as several other books for adults and children. Mary Shepard (1910-2000) was the daughter of Ernest Shepard, illustrator of the Winnie the Pooh books and The Wind in the Willows. Her illustration work on the ...
Title:Mary PoppinsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.54 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544439562

ISBN - 13:9780544439566


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic Lovely story, but if you are expecting Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins you will be greatly disappointed. Poppins is much more strict, and show a lot less kindness to the children. No singing, or silliness, but there are many adventures. A good book, just don't compare it to the movie.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Magical, fantastical... but didn't love Mary Poppins herself. I read all of the Mary Poppins books multiple times as a child - possibly also as a young teen - and I remember loving all of them. The fantastical journeys teetering just on the edge of reality, the intelligent writing, the vivid imagery. I don't remember disliking Mary Poppins. Perhaps because my worldview was less complex, more probably because my view of adult behaviour was far more narrow. As an adult, however, I was totally unimpressed by the magical nanny blown in by the wind. In some moments I did see a glimmer of a character I could love, but for the most part I wanted to shove her vain, conceited face into one of the windows she was always looking in just to see her own reflection (perhaps a bit overzealous, but you get my point). The beginning of the book paints Mary as the protagonist, but I felt there was an awkward shift to Jane and Michael as the main protagonists about halfway through the book. I found the change confusing; it felt like too complete a shift in perspectives and the story no longer felt cohesive to me. I felt like I never had quite enough information about any character to form a complete opinion of them. Ultimately, Mary Poppins wasn't a hero or a villain and that is, perhaps, my biggest problem; I couldn't truly love or hate her because I was never invested enough in her character to form a solid opinion. Despite all my complaints about Mary Poppins herself, I do love this story and I loved following Jane and Michael and the twins on all their adventures. And I absolutely love the cover of this book. Just don't go into the book expecting the Disney movie because you'll be very disappointed...
Date published: 2016-12-30

Table of Contents

East ­Wind
The Day ­Out
Laughing ­Gas
Miss Lark's ­Andrew
The Dancing ­Cow
Bad Tuesday (Revised ­version)
The Bird ­Woman
Mrs. ­Corry
John and Barbara's ­Story
Full ­Moon
Christmas ­Shopping
West ­Wind

Editorial Reviews

When Mary Poppins is about, her young charges can never tell where the real world merges into make-believe. Neither can the reader, and that is one of the hallmarks of good fantasy." - The New York Times "