Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

80th Anniversary Collection

Book - 2014
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A collection of the the first four tales featuring the nanny who blew into the Banks family, changing it forever.
MARY POPPINS : An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences.
MARY POPPINS COMES BACK : Mary Poppins comes back on the end of a kite string, stays with the Banks family for a while, and then disappears on a merry-go-round horse.
MARY POPPINS OPENS THE DOOR : Mary Poppins returns to the Banks family in a rocket and involves the Banks children in more magical adventures including those with Peppermint Horses, the Marble Boy, and the Cat that Looked at the King.
MARY POPPINS IN THE PARK : More adventures of Mary Poppins, Michael, Jane, the twins, and baby Annabel. Mary Poppins takes the Banks children on several extraordinary adventures in the park.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2014]
ISBN: 9780544340473
0544340477
Characteristics: 1024 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Shepard, Mary 1909-2000
Maguire, Gregory

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humbleworm
Mar 23, 2018

This sort of nonsensical children's fiction can also be found in Carroll's Alice In Wonderland, Blyton's Faraway Tree trilogy and Lofting's Doctor Dolittle novels. The individual chapters in these 4 books combined are not really connected plot-wise so most could be read out of sequence and, in fact, the 4th book is really just extra chapters. Travers apparently wrote another 4 books in the series after these, which already seem pretty self-derivative. The Mary Poppins character in the books is often more cross than is warranted and primly refuses to acknowledge the extraordinary events she's just participated in. She also literally just leaves when the wind changes, unlike Nanny McPhee (based on Brand's Nurse Matilda books) who leaves once no longer needed. For these reasons, I prefer the Disney film adaptation. Saving Mr Banks, about the making of that film, is also good but intended for an older audience.

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Mar 24, 2018

humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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