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Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  83,258 Ratings  ·  3,022 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
Hardcover, 209 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1934)
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Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all) Any children's book that doesn't appeal to adult readers as well, probably has limited appeal to children too. Note that the great children's classics…moreAny children's book that doesn't appeal to adult readers as well, probably has limited appeal to children too. Note that the great children's classics are loved and re-read by adults who first read them as kids (or had them read aloud).

I do think that many of today's children won't understand that in those days well-bred English kids, both boys and girls, wore hats and gloves when they went out; they also might have trouble with the vocabulary and the idea of "high tea"--other than that, if the child has an adult around to ask questions, they should be fine. (less)
Conor Nally I don't think they are OFFICIALLY connected but Nanny McPhee I think is a rip-off of Mary Poppins. By the way Chapter Six is called "Bad Tuesday" and…moreI don't think they are OFFICIALLY connected but Nanny McPhee I think is a rip-off of Mary Poppins. By the way Chapter Six is called "Bad Tuesday" and not "Naughty Tuesday".(less)

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Wendy Darling
Reread for our classics discussion on the blog!

If you've never read Mary Poppins, you're missing out on one of the great classics of children's literature. It's been a long time since I've read these books that I loved so much as a child, but I immediately felt as though I was visiting with old friends.

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 wr
Oct 12, 2007 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: enjoy being mean to children
OK, here's the thing: P.L. Travers's Mary Poppins is not Walt Disney's Mary Poppins. Weirdly, I love both versions equally, although Travers's portrayal of adult-child relationships is more accurate, I think. In the book, the kids clearly inhabit a fantasy world of which their parents are completely oblivious. Mary Poppins, an acid-tongued nanny, serves as a conduit to these fantasy worlds, which are often quite dangerous. Under Mary's protection, the Banks children explore some dark, glorious w ...more
For the Celebrity Death Match Review Tournament, Pride and Prejudice (1) versus Mary Poppins (32)

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...

Scene 1

[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
Dec 16, 2013 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book
Like many others, I wanted to read Mary Poppins prior to watching Saving Mr. Banks so that I could see what PL Travers arguments would be about Walt Disney changing her work. I have to say that I am glad that Disney changed it! In the story, Mary Poppins was not a likeable character to me. I just wanted to get through the story to see if she would change any from the vain and frankly, mean, woman that she started out to be. She did not. Usually, I like books better than the movie adaptations, in ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it
I've wanted to read "Mary Poppins" for years now. My mom read me many classic children's novels when I was a kid, and then I discovered some on my own in later years, but this is one that somehow slipped through the cracks. Not that Mary Poppins hasn't been an important figure in my life, thanks to the magic of the movie. I just always pictured her as a smiling, rosy-cheeked, singing, magical lady who looks like Julie Andrews! I was somewhat prepared for the differences between the book and movi ...more
Aug 04, 2007 Lp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, I know it's not unusual for Disney to eviscerate classics, but I was really surprised when I finally read this book to my children how little it resembled the Disney movie (which I liked!).

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.
There is a dark undercurrent in this novel and in this character that I found disturbing. And a few of the other characters that you encounter I would describe as bizarre, like the old gingerbread lady, and the King Cobra at the zoo who likes to kiss your cheeks (no thank you). The movie, I understand, is different (I haven't seen it). As classic children novels go this one, for me, was not very likable, so three stars is the best I can do.
May 30, 2010 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, junior-books
The saving grace of this book, for me, was that it was the basis of a wonderful musical by Disney. I didn't enjoy the book at all. I was surprised at that because, the majority of the time, the books are better than the movies.

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
Cait (Paper Fury)
I feel terrible right now. I mean THIS IS THE MARY POPPINS BOOK THAT IS SO FAMOUS ALL OVER THE UNIVERSE. And I'm rating it 2-stars?! What is wrong with me?! So right now, I'm mortally embarrassed and a little ashamed, but if I'm going to review books honestly, I have to go in this direction.

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
Paul Bryant
Oct 16, 2013 Paul Bryant rated it liked it
Winnie the Pooh is wandering around outside the beautiful church of St Martin-in-the-Fields disconsolately. He appears slightly lost. Just a few yards away, perched on the low wall which surrounds Trafalgar Square, a smartly dressed woman is singing sweetly :

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
April (Aprilius Maximus)
This review contains spoilers for the end of the book!

The characters in this book are so weird. Sure, the kids would have been relatable at the time this was written but Mary Poppins was an extremely unlikeable character who just awful and bizarre, and not in the good way either. None of the characters stood out to me and they all felt really flat.

The plot was just awful. Nothing happened. Mary Poppins came and was horrible to the children; they went on a couple of weird adven
Jun 18, 2014 Diane rated it liked it
This was a delight. I liked the Disney movie when I was a kid, but after watching "Saving Mr. Banks," which focused on P.L. Travers' childhood and her difficult relationship with Walt Disney, I wanted to read the original stories.

Other reviews had warned that the Mary Poppins character in the book is quite different from the Julie Andrews version, but that didn't bother me. I could enjoy both forms.

Of all the imaginative stories in this first collection, my favorites were The Day Out, in which M
Sep 29, 2011 notgettingenough rated it really liked it
Shelves: haven-t-read-but
Celebrity Deathmatch review in which Mary Poppins is pitted against Pride and Prejudice.

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 found myself quite torn as to whether I liked Mary Poppins or not. After all, I was raised, like most children, on the Disney film where Mary Poppins is a delightful creature who sings “A Spoonful of Sugar” and gives Jane and Michael the best possible care. So it was hard to reconcile my Mary Poppins with P. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins because the two are quite different.

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
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 15, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books (Children's)
Shelves: 501, childrens
Jane and Michael's Ten Life Enriching Lessons for Grownups:

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
Kate (GirlReading)
This was so much fun. I can imagine how wonderful and magical it would be to read this, or have this read to you as a child. I would have absorbed every word. As a huge fan of all things Mary Poppins, I found this to be such a lovely and interesting read. Mary was more sinister in this and less 'disney' but I still found her endearing (although Disney Julie Andrews will always be my Mary Poppins.) I can see why P.L. Travers might have been upset at the way Mary and her story were portrayed in th ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Story of the world's most beloved nanny.
Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins #1), P.L. Travers, Mary Shepard (Illustrator)
عنوان: مری پاپینز؛ نویسنده: پاملا لیندون تراورز؛ مترجم: مهشید امیرشاهی؛ تصورگر: مری شپرد؛ تهران، علمی فرهنگی، چاپ سوم 1383، در 91 ص؛ شابک: 9644455819؛ چاپ چهرم 1386؛ موضوع: داستانهای کودکان از نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 20 م
Kimberley doruyter
Mar 29, 2015 Kimberley doruyter rated it did not like it
how in the name of h e double hockeysticks did they get a perky little disney flick from this rather crappy book.
colour me completly surprised.
Kressel Housman
Mar 02, 2016 Kressel Housman rated it it was amazing
I recently saw the movie “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is about the personality clash between Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers and Walt Disney as they attempted to collaborate to adapt her books onto the screen. Though I know some parts of the movie were fictionalized, I have no doubt that P.L. Travers was as hard-nosed as she was portrayed, and I completely understand her disappointment in the movie because, as much as I love it personally, the title character is nothing like the way she is in the ...more
Oct 30, 2014 Travelin rated it really liked it
Please read my update. It contains the crux of the matter for me. Biographies produced when Tom Hanks was flogging a biopic about Mary Poppins and its making suggest that P.L. Travers (not her real name) was a severe, mysterious and hard to love woman. An excellent essay in the appendix, written by a man who produced her stage play, suggests that Mary Poppins was in fact P.L. Travers, with some wonderful mannerisms of an Irish maid thrown in. What I was expecting to find as I read was my highly ...more
Mar 14, 2014 Lori rated it really liked it
I wanted to read one of the Mary Poppins books after seeing the movie "Saving Mr. Banks" I think I read one of the books when I was a kid. but that has been a very long time! this was a fun nostalgic read.P.L. Travers has quite an imagination. I have seen the movie Mary Poppins many times. it was interesting to see what showed up in the movie and what was different.
In the book there are actually four Banks children. Jane, Michael and twin babies named John and Barbara. Bert is mentioned and he
Ana Rînceanu
Let's get it out of the way: if you've seen the movie and expect Mary Poppins to be the way Julie Andrew portrayed her, you're in for a big shock. I, for one, prefer her as P.L. Travers created her and hopefully you will too.

Each chapter is more like a short story so you don't have to read it in one go. There is no suspense between chapters and this is perfect as a night-time story that way you and the child that you're reading it to can go to sleep and read another story the next day.

It's a li
The Library Lady
If all you've seen of Mary Poppins is the Disney movie, you don't know Mary Poppins!

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!)
Dec 28, 2010 Tricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

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
Jan 28, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mary Poppins books were one of the staples of my childhood, and as such I can't judge them objectively. As a child I wasn't bothered by the randomness of the magical goings-on, and the lack of an over-arching explanation for them, and I completely understood the attraction of Mary Poppins despite her continual administration of snubs to the children. Now that I think of it, she reminds me a bit of my oldest sister, who I adored (and am still quite fond of!). Although she always kept me firml ...more
Ivonne Rovira
Jul 04, 2016 Ivonne Rovira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: the movie Saving Mr. Banks
With the release of the film Saving Mr. Banks about the battle between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers over how best to translate the book Mary Poppins onto the screen, I thought I wanted to read the original, which I understood to be darker and sterner than the 1964 film.

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
Feb 09, 2015 Alayne rated it it was ok
2.5/5 porque me divirtió de a momentos.

Tremenda decepción me llevé con este libro
Desde que vi Saving Mr. Banks y supe que la película estaba basada en un libro que dije "tengo que echarle una ojeada", pero no sucedió hasta ayer, estando aburrida, que lo agarré por fin.

Durante los primeros capítulos, más allá de Mary, sentía que la historia prometía y me estaba divirtiendo bastante. Pero llega un momento en que ella se hace tan insoportable que no podía seguir leyendo.

¿Qué clase de "niñera má
Reread this after seeing Saving Mr. Banks.

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
Maria Carmo
A touching, thrilling, wonderful story of enchantment and surprise... Mary Poppins the book is even better than the movie (although I must say that the movie is excellent, because it would be EXTREMELY difficult to put into "movie language" all the complex and magical texture of P. L. Travers imagination.
Mary Poppins had always been one of my favorite movies, and some months ago I watched the movie about P. L. Travers and the way Walt Disney managed to finally convince her to work with him in or
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Pamela Lyndon Travers was an Australian novelist, actress and journalist, popularly remembered for her series of children's novels about mystical nanny Mary Poppins.
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
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