Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins By P L Travers the author featured in the major motion picture Saving Mr Banks From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane everyday life at the Banks house is forever

  • Title: Mary Poppins
  • Author: P.L. Travers Mary Shepard
  • ISBN: 9780152058104
  • Page: 379
  • Format: Hardcover
  • By P.L Travers, the author featured in the major motion picture, 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 WBy P.L Travers, the author featured in the major motion picture, 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 but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime juice cordial A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make believe come to life

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    1. P.L. Travers Mary Shepard

      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 was sustained, heavy drinking.Travers began to publish her poems while still a teenager and wrote for The Bulletin and Triad while also gaining a reputation as an actress She toured Australia and New Zealand with a Shakespearean touring company before leaving for England in 1924 There she dedicated herself to writing under the pen name P L Travers.In 1925 while in Ireland, Travers met the poet George William Russell who, as editor of The Irish Statesman, accepted some of her poems for publication Through Russell, Travers met William Butler Yeats and other Irish poets who fostered her interest in and knowledge of world mythology Later, the mystic Gurdjieff would have a great effect on her, as would also have on several other literary figures.The 1934 publication of Mary Poppins was Travers first literary success.Five sequels followed, as well as a collection of other novels, poetry collections and works of non fiction.The Disney musical adaptation was released in 1964 Primarily based on the first novel in what was then a sequence of four books, it also lifted elements from the sequel Mary Poppins Comes Back Although Travers was an adviser to the production she disapproved of the dilution of the harsher aspects of Mary Poppins s character, felt ambivalent about the music and disliked the use of animation to such an extent that she ruled out any further adaptations of the later Mary Poppins novels At the film s star studded premiere, she reportedly approached Disney and told him that the animated sequence had to go Disney responded by saying Pamela, the ship has sailed and walked away Travers would never again agree to another Poppins Disney adaptation, though Disney made several attempts to persuade her to change her mind.So fervent was Travers dislike of the Walt Disney adaptation and the way she felt she had been treated during the production, that well into her 90s, when she was approached by producer Cameron Mackintosh to do the stage musical, she only acquiesced upon the condition that only English born writers and specifically no Americans and no one from the film production were to be directly involved with the creative process of the stage musical This specifically excluded the Sherman Brothers from writing additional songs for the production even though they were still very prolific Original songs and other aspects from the 1964 film were allowed to be incorporated into the production however These points were stipulated in her last will and testament.Travers was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1977 She died in London in 1996.Although Travers never married, she adopted a boy when she was in her late 30s.


    1. Reread for our classics discussion on the blog! themidnightgarden/2015--------------------------------------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 writes incredibly im [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 iswrongwith 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 were new [...]

    4. Story of the world's most beloved nanny, Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins #1), P.L. Travers, Mary Shepard (Illustrator)Mary Poppins is a series of eight children's books written by P. L. Travers and published over the period 1934 to 1988. Mary Shepard was the illustrator throughout the series. The books centre on the magical English nanny Mary Poppins, who is blown by the East wind to Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London, and into the Banks's household to care for their children. Encounters with pavemen [...]

    5. 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 householdScene 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 regarded [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. This book is 1000% my aesthetic, and I love it to the moon and back. I can't believe it's been fifteen years since I last read it. FIFTEEN YEARS, PEOPLE. That's a heck of a long time--but as soon as I started reading, I remembered everything. All the sights and sounds and colors, and even specific words and phrases on specific pages; it all came rushing back. Raspberry jam cakes and gilt gingerbread and strawberry ice and smooth green lawns; peeling paint and golden snakeskin and soft yellow dan [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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.

    11. 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.

    12. Quick review of the audio! This seemed a little different than what I remember of my book and record set I wore out from overuse back in the 80s (my poor parents! It was Mary Poppins all day, every day!)! I think my copy was the Walt Disney version and based on the movie with Julie Andrews, which made Mary Poppins not quite so temperamental! It was still fun and enjoyable, and I hope to listen to more in the series.

    13. I've only ever watched the Walt Disney Movie, and to be very honest I didn't even know it was based on a book.While reading The Fireman; Joe Hill's protagonist adores Mary Poppins and Julie Andrews. So obviously I had to see the movie again - actually I think I last saw it as a little girl. As an adult I've come to read the credits of the films more carefully; thus discovering this movie was based on books by P. L. Travers. I went on a hunt and got hold of the first book.This was very, very diff [...]

    14. supercalifragilisticexpialidocious youtube/watch?v=tRFHXΧρόνια πολλά και Καλά Χριστούγεννα αγαπητοί friends!!!Σοκαρισμένη αντιλαμβάνομαι ότι δεν έχω γράψει κριτική γι' αυτό το αγαπημένο παιδικό ανάγνωσμα βέβαια τι να γράψω, όπως όλα τα παιδάκια μεγάλωσα με την ιστορία της αγαπημένης νταντάς που καταφ [...]

    15. 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 bagTuppence tuppence tuppence a bagTwo 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 small bro [...]

    16. This review contains spoilers for the end of the book!Characters: ★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. Plot: ★The plot was just awful. Nothing happened. Mary Poppins came and was horrible to the children; they went on a couple of weird [...]

    17. I read this one to my kids this year. Of course, they had seen the Disney classic and loved the character. What was surprising in the book was that Poppins comes off as far more bizarre, detached and haughty than she does in the film. It isn't that she doesn't adore the kids, but she also doesn't hesitate to put them in their place and sometimes her anger is more about her own station in life than some misbehavior of the children. There are of course adorable moments and funny incidents in this [...]

    18. We loved this book and can't wait to read more of the series. The story and characters are very different from the Disney film. Mary Poppins is stern which I suspect is normal for that era and I do appreciate a character portrayed as flawed and I do dislike the way Disney characters if they are mean they are old, ugly and cross looking whereas the good character is young, beautiful and smiley which I think very misleading for children.We loved the magic in these stories, it's great to hear voice [...]

    19. 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 [...]

    20. مری پاپینز رو واسه اون نوستالژی ناب بچگیام خریدم. البته برا خواهر کوچیکمم خریدم ولی برا سن اونم زیادی بچگونه‌س. :)) ولی می‌خواستم اونم این حسو داشته باشه. حسی که من و داداشم با فیلم مری پاپینز داشتیم. فیلمش به‌نظرم بهتر بود. شایدم من الان ببینم نظرم عوض شه و بفهمم رو حال و هوای ب [...]

    21. This was one of my favorite books when I was a kid. A true classic and the inspiration for the Disney film adaptation, Mary Poppins is still just as magical as I remembered it being. :)

    22. 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’sWinnie-the-Pooh. It’s done rather in sing [...]

    23. 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.

    24. Wonderful book! If you loved this book half as much as I did, read more of the series. You will love them, too.Just reread this book with my grandson. Read it to his mom, too, when she was young. Generations. A good book lasts forever.

    25. The Mary Poppins series was a firm favourite when I was a child, but I used to borrow the books from the library: I never owned them myself. My children were fully exposed to the Disney DVDs, and I'm pretty sure they only knew Mary Poppins and the Bank family and the infamous Bert (as played by Dick van Dyke) from the film. Which is kind of a shame. Julie Andrews, even when playing 'stern', was much too rosy and kind to ever embody the Mary Poppins of the book.Reading this book again, so many ye [...]

    26. Very well read & not quite as I remembered it, but it's been a long time since I read any of it. Too mixed up with the wonderful movie starring Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke. Mary isn't nearly as nice in the book as she is in the movie. She's also much more vain & even more mysterious. Fun & well narrated. I'm glad I renewed my acquaintance with this classic.

    27. 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 and a [...]

    28. i still don't see how they got a chirpy julie andrews character from this book in the name of h e double hockeysticks did they get a perky little disney flick from this rather crappy booklour me completly surprised.

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