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Mary Poppins In The Park (Mary Poppins #4)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  4,594 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
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
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Ivonne Rovira
P.L. Travers warns up front that this volume is not the fourth in the series in the sense of being the further adventures of the magical nanny Mary Poppins. Rather, these are adventures that date mostly from the time of Mary Poppins Comes Back and Mary Poppins Opens the Door. As Travers says, “She [Mary Poppins] cannot forever arrive and depart.”

Some of the characters from the previous books reappear — Fred Smith, the imperious Park Keeper; Admiral Boom, the Bird Woman of St. Paul’s Cathedral, t
I know what you’re thinking...just another children’s book, can’t be worth reading, so why bother about the review? Wonder why she keeps reading and writing these reviews?

That’s the trouble with children’s literature. We look down on it...just like we do children. It’s one of the last acceptable prejudices. Well come on, after all they are just children, really now...they don’t know very much; can’t understand what's important, so what they read isn’t worthwhile either, is it?

When I first start
Hissa Reads
Didn't like this one either..
Ahmad Sharabiani
Mary Poppins in the Park (Mary Poppins #4), P.L. Travers, Mary Shepard (Illustrator)
Apr 29, 2010 Janene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
This book in the series is even less of a timeline, less of a glimpse at the Banks family, and more of a six short story collection of unique adventures in the park with Mary Poppins. These could have been inserted anywhere in the previous three books.

Mary Poppins, so tart and snooty, so full of her own perfection, and so likeable at the same time. I really enjoyed this one, the imaginative elements are so rich and childlike.

Jane creates a small park of homes and people made of grass, twigs, and
Feb 18, 2014 Cielo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was kind of different from the others, at first I was confused because the beggining didn't match the ending of the third book, but then I realized that they where all completely separate stories that where meant to take place sometime between the past three books. I felt that many of them where more fables than anything else, with their own little moral at the end. But not all of them. My favorite was the one about the shadows in the park and Mary poppin's birthday.
Katie Ann
Oct 30, 2012 Katie Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Such a good classic book!
Oct 15, 2016 Ariane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5. Listening to Travers's stories in British voices---heavenly.
Drew Graham
Sep 23, 2011 Drew Graham rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: me
*sigh* Well, the taxing journey is over. This fourth novel in the P.L. Travers series is basically another volume of random, unconnected adventures of Jane and Michael Banks and their nasty, unpleasant (but *magical*!) nanny, Mary Poppins. Apparently, this book is not a continuation of the story, but a collection of six new stories that could be placed anywhere throughout the timelines of the first three books. That basically means that Mary Poppins doesn't appear at the beginning and leave agai ...more
I'm continuing to read through the Mary Poppins series, and continuing to love them! Mary Poppins in the Park has a slightly different layout and tone to it, but it's not a bad change.

In the previous books, each chapter had a predictable pattern: one of the Banks children would encounter a moral decision and then they would all go on a magical adventure with Mary Poppins. The child would learn a moral, and Mary Poppins would deny that any magic had taken place. In Mary Poppins in the Park, the m
Tracy Terry
Though you'd doubtlessly recognise some of the characters, adventures, sayings and iconic images if you have ever watched the 1964 film starring Julie Andrews, the books (the latter, Mary Poppins In The Park, Mary Poppins In Cherry Tree Lane and Mary Poppins And The House Next Door, of which, chronicling the adventures not yet recounted from the initial three visits, were published after the film), are, as is so often the case, well, quite different though by no means un-recognisably so.

Aug 19, 2015 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marie Perrin, Marion Landi
I'm going to do just one review for the entire Mary Poppins series, and copy it to all of the these as I listened to them, one right-after-another, and they are rather blurred together as one lovely, entertaining, and altogether delightful story.

I'm not sure why I'd not read these before now! You'd think, working in a library- and having read aloud to my daughter every night for years, that somehow I would have hit upon the Mary Poppins books to read-and I truly, truly wish I had!! Because we wo
Feb 16, 2017 Unacra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A childhood favorite I would love to read again and again
Christine Blachford
Rather than the sticking to the previous format of Mary Poppins arriving in a random fashion, bringing with her adventures galore before leaving again without a whisper of warning, this book follows selected stories from those times. I quite like that change, rather than knowing it will all end sadly when she disappears again, instead you can just revel in the joy and go with it.

There felt like quite a lot of joy to be had too. As the book is about Mary Poppins in the park, most of the stories t
Mary Poppins In the Park is not actually about the fourth visit of Mary Poppins (because there wasn't one), but rather a collection of stories that happened during her first three visits. I enjoyed this one, though perhaps not as much as the first too. It was just as good as Mary Poppins Opens the Door though, and some of the stories were more meaningful and deep than from the previous three volumes. For example, the first story Every Goose a Swan, about who people really are, rather than their ...more
Aug 27, 2009 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The movie not being one i liked particularilly I was reluctant to read the series of Mary Poppins, but they were a great deal more enjoyable. With the nanny herself being a lot more realistic than portrayed in the film. The children embark on a series of adventures that more often than not don't actually include the formiddable Mary Poppins. The magical trips are short and sweet with a simple message or lesson in them...even some of the clichéd ones, such as " be careful what you wish for", not ...more
Nov 24, 2015 Lauren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, I was amazed because this is the very first book in the series where Mary Poppins actually treats the children kindly - she even hugs them! So I was going to rate the story higher than the previous entries, until the story about Matilda Moe. OMG ya'll, a "savage Indian" grabs her and claims her as his "squaw"/slave. She's begging Mary Poppins, her husband, and the children to save her from a life of slavery and (implied) rape (she is going to be the "queen" to the Indian's "King"), and they' ...more
Travers tries to break the monotony of the previous Mary Poppins formula by eliminating Mary's arrival and departure and setting the book during her previous three visits. However, it doesn't detract from the repetition, as Jane, Michael, the household and many friends they meet are basically the same.

I was very disappointed in this series and am happy to be done. I don't plan on going this way again. In the end, while Travers would find it depressing, I much prefer Disney's film version of her
Jan 13, 2014 Wileyacez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, the final book--at least of the ones I bought for the kids back in the day. This one was perhaps my favorite. It had nothing to do with the Disney version, and it's tone was more of a woman looking back--trying to remember her childhood. Instead of a book, per se, this one is a compilation of stories unrelated to any ongoing plot. Over and over again, it seems to speak to someone trying to remember what it was to be young. This speaks to me as a more mature person; the memory of youth is som ...more
While this was enjoyable, it did seem more like a rehashing and retelling of very similar stories and events that happened in the first three books, and was not really anything completely original. The book also starts by telling us that the stories in this fourth book all happened during the first three visits of Mary Poppins (the first three books) and that Mary Poppins basically will not be back as she can't keep coming and going forever, which is quite a sad and depressing way to start the s ...more
Apr 01, 2016 Martin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The stories in this volume are well-written, but too long for my taste or for my use, which is to get kids into a satisfying sleep. The stories in this volume have gotten longer, and because there's no arrival and departure of Poppins, there's not really a beginning or end to the book. Still, I liked the story about the shadows, and I loved the story about Mr. Mo. Mary Poppins seems to be a little less stern with the children, and a little more game with the guest stars in their adventures.
The final of the Mary Poppins books, and in this one, instead of following an entire visit from Mary Poppins to the Banks family, it is a collection of different experiences the children had with her from any of the time she spent with them. From Halloween parties at the park held by everyone's escaped shadows, to Jane and Michael's favorite storybook characters coming out of the book for a visit, it is full of the unique Mary Poppins' charm. I read this with my daughter, and we both really enjo ...more
Dec 30, 2011 Jewels rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
The way in which Ms. Travers set up the Mary Poppins novels -- each chapter being little adventures unto themselves -- worked very well for continuing the series. Mary Poppins only visited the Banks children three times, but the novels could keep going indefinitely due to the fact that she could integrate the new stories back into the timeline of the visits. She kept the continuity very clean as well, so the new stories fit right in. The shadows dancing at Halloween was my favorite of this book ...more
Gloria Mccracken
Jan 29, 2013 Gloria Mccracken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This last of four volumes of Mary Poppins was sort of the bootlegs tapes version. It seemed very clear that the third one ("Mary Poppins Opens the Door") was really the end of the Mary Poppins series, but this one was listed as after that one. And, in fact, in the very beginning of the book, it says that this one should be viewed as additional incidents from the previous books. Still some rather charming stories, but it seems that it might be better if this one were read before "Mary Poppins Ope ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Veronica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasty
Mary Poppins returns for one last group of stories sitting in the park with Jane, Michael, the Twins and their last little sibling. This book is not a new group of adventures, but rather the ones that were too wide and too big to cram into the other stories.

I chose this book for my library because Mary Poppins is almost every child's dream: a creator of fun and magic to transport you somewhere amazing, and I feel like my kids will leaven their classroom seats to transport right there with them o
Mar 17, 2016 Rachel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having read the first three Mary Poppins novels immediately before Mary Poppins in the Park, I found it to be boring, repetitive and quite simply a rehashed version of the other three books... but shorter and with less effort put into it. It's definitely my least favourite Mary Poppins to date; seeing as I usually have a few favourite chapters in MP each novel, and had absolutely none in this one.

Oh well, on to the next...
Jul 02, 2015 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fairly good Mary Poppins book, probably not my favorite, but to be honest it went by faster because of the longer chapters. I loved the notion of Mary Poppins nannying children in fairyland, and the adventure in the Park within the Park, with Eeny, Meenie, and Mynie Mo was fun too. I loved the idea of having a chapter about Hallowe'en, but would have loved it to be just a touch spookier, as "spooky-lite" is one of my favorite things.
Jan 12, 2014 Katri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of stories of Mary Poppins and the Banks children in the park, not tied to any specific part of the timeline of the other books. I felt a little unevenly about the stories, loving some of them to bits (like the one where the storybook boys came to life) and being less thrilled about some of the others, but overall it was very enjoyable, though not one of my favourites among the books.
May 24, 2014 aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is the fourth book in the mary poppins series but as the intro states it does not necessarily take place after the third book. this is a collection of stories that happen to michael and jane banks in the park across the street from their house. they are meant to be taken as extra stories that happened during mary poppins previous three visits. this is more of the same mystical, narcissistic fun that happened in the first three books. if you like them, you'll like this.
Oct 13, 2014 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Mary Poppins in the Park" is book 4 of the series by P.L. Travers. Her storyline and general writing style remain good. My only complaint if you want to call it that is that she makes a few politically incorrect references that might make some parents uncomfortable but they are very few and you can spot them and skip over them or improvise if you are reading these books to your kids.
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“She sounds like you, Mary Poppins,' said Michael. 'So terribly pleased with herself!” 5 likes
“I’m not asleep,” Jane reassured her. “I’m thinking about the story.” “I heard every word,” said Michael, yawning. The Park Keeper rocked, as if in a trance. “A Nex-plorer in disguise,” he murmured, “sittin’ in the midnight sun and climbin’ the North Pole!” “Ouch!” 1 likes
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