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Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
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May 30, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: fiction, junior-books
Read in May, 2010

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 is verbally abusive to her daughters and Jane and Michael were frightened. The the story says "She smiled and beckoned so sweetly to Jane and Michael, that they were ashamed of having been frightened of her, and felt that she must be very nice after all". Ummm, ok. Later, after the children tell the store owner where they keep their paper stars they save from the wrapping, Mary Poppins goes in and steals them and then, with the shop keeper they go glue the stars in the sky. There was no charm in the woman whatsoever. Disappointing really since there are 3 other books in the series. I just can't get myself to read another one though.
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message 1: by Teresa TL (new)

Teresa TL Bruce Thanks for your review. I'll know not to waste my time on what I would have assumed to be a wonderful story. I guess if you consider the changes Disney made to the ORIGINAL Little Mermaid, too, it isn't surprising theirs was the better version (although in most cases I agree that the book is better).

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