Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins #1)
By P.L. Travers, the author featured in the upcoming movie Saving Mr. Banks.
From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed.
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
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NARRATOR: It is a truth universally acknowledged, that an impecunious father with four unmarried daughters is in urgent need of a magic nanny. And so it came to pass that Miss Mary Poppins took up residence in the Bennet household...
[Breakfast at the Bennets. The four sisters are laughing, talking loudly, reaching after toast etc]
MARY POPPINS: Lydia, don't slouch! Slouching is generally regar...more
I adore this book. Mary is vain and crabby and a bit of a mystic, and bizarre things happen when she is around. But it's really about the ephemeral magic of childhood. I laughed out loud and wept openly when I read this to my kids. It is a wonderful book. I wish I'd read it earlier.
The thing of it is, I'm quite sure that I felt this way the very first time I read the book as well. P.L. Travers writes incredibly imaginative stories that tickle the fancy and will surprise even the most jaded reader. Many of the elements a...more
Feed the bear, tuppence a bag
Tuppence... tuppence... tuppence a bag
Two small children wander up to her.
"Please Miss, we want to feed the bear"
She smiles at the little girl. "Very well, she says. She takes their tuppence and gives them a sma...more
The Mary Poppins in the book is vain, obnoxious, dishonest, and cross all the time. There wasn't any sweetness or enchantment in the character at all. In part of the story, the children are taken to a gingerbread shop where Mary Poppins is friends with the owner. The owner...more
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" is the best word and deserves YOUR vote just for its existence.
Think of what Mary Poppins gave you in your childhood. Well, it's payback time. And, let's face it. If Jane Austen had been able to read Mary Poppins in her childhood, think how much more fun her books would have been.
I rest my case.
I normally read children's books during Christmastime. Not only to catch up with my Reading Challenge (I am behind by 8 books as of this writing), but also, most of children's books have life lessons that can be good reminders for the coming year. New Year always means new beginning, new hope... As to why I am listing the ten lessons instead of my usual reviews, let me give you the reason. Do you remember when you were still in school an...more
First of all, the format of the book was a little odd, like reading Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh. It’s done rather in single chapt...more
Grew up with a hardback edition of the first four books, the first being my favorite. Reread again when my daughters were young. In my younger years, I recall being in awe of the person of Mary Poppins. I wanted to be like Jane Banks and have my very own Mary Poppins: someone who was caring, full of surprises and filled daily life with wondrous adventures.
Although there was magic involved in the stories, the fantasies didn't seem improbable to me as a ch...more
In the book there are actually four Banks children. Jane, Michael and twin babies named John and Barbara. Bert is mentioned and he...more
The literary Mary Poppins proves funnier and less cloying than the one realized by Julie Andrews. While speaking more sternly and having mastered the gimlet eye so prized by schoolteachers throughout the ages, Mary Poppins doesn’t...more
WHO HAS NEVER HEARD OF MARY POPPINS? You know, the handsome nice lady... Oppss. Sorry Mary Poppins, I am truly sorry. So here we go, the thing is Mary Poppins is the cranky nurse by the Banks children from Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane. She arrived with a bang that shook and changed the lives of the Banks children namely Jane, Michael, John and Barbara. It's funny because Mary Poppins is such a very nice and kind lady but she never showed it. She is so cranky and irritable all the time that...more
The real Mary Poppins doesn't sing about "a spoonful of sugar". Nosiree, she advances on Jane and Michael with the spoon and an ominous look and they meekly obey.
Mary Poppins doesn't give away her secrets. Immediately after each fantastic adventure, she denies that she has taken the children to any such place or done any such thing. (Though there is always SOMETHING to let the children know it really did happen!)...more
"It's kind of weird," my eight-year-old said. "I can't really figure out what's going on."
I pretty much agreed with her. Throughout the book, I just couldn't figure out why these kids liked Mary Poppins. She wasn't particularly nice to them. It seemed weird that they loved her even...more
2013 reread: I think I even liked this better the second time around. I "got" Mary more, though I still have NO CLUE where she's supposed to be from and what she's supposed to be. Is she a star? And I have to say, after having recently rewatche...more
I started with Mary Poppins as part of a Classics Challenge that I set for myself. My goal is to read one classic per month... or perhaps every other month if I'm reading an especially long one.
Mary Poppins is a really fun children's book. I grew up loving the movie and decided to read the book after I recently watched Mary Poppins again. After reading, I was very impressed with Disney's ability to capture Mary Poppins' character - her loftin...more
I love Mary Poppins even more now because she isn't a super mega cheery nanny... she's strict, she's tough and she's terribly vain. Yet,...more
I can only give it two stars because I spent the vast majority of the book thinking/saying to myself - STRANGE. This book is just strange. Mary Poppins is the most unlikeable character and yet Jane and Michael adore her. It is somewhat unclear WHY...more
Let's have some positives first, though, shall we?
I love how magical the story is! The adventures Mary Poppins takes the children on? They're incredible! Only a few were in the movie, so most of them wer...more
So, I've seen the movie like a hundred times.
(Three year old getting into it.)
I feel like it's the perfect movie--tightly written, funny...
So I had to read the book.
They're definitely a little different--
but every now and then, stuff word for word.
"Not another word, or I'll have to call a police-man."
Book a little more disjointed. A chapter here, doing this--then doing that.
Not a satisfying arc, like the movie.
It's interesting, how austere the Mary Poppins is.
In movie, we get that s...more
But Mary Poppins--you can keep her. Some people are just not cut out for the childcare industry. I simply couldn't understand why Michael was so upset when the west wind chang...more
She was born to bank manager Travers Robert Goff and Margaret Agnes. Her father died when she was seven, and although "epileptic seizure delirium" was given as the cause of death, Travers herself "always believed the underlying cause w...more