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MARY POPPINS [Paperback]

P.L. Travers
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March 1 1991
Read by Sophie Thompson
Three cassettes / 3 hours 49 mins.

Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the four Banks children have ever seen.  She whirls into their home and "spit-spot", she works her inimitable brand of magic to make even the bland seem extraordinary.  An endless source of fascinating adventure, she slides up the banister, produces an endless array of tricks from her empty carpetbag, and ensures their lives will never be the same.
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For all her offended sniffs and humphs, Mary Poppins is likely the most exciting nanny England--and the world--has ever seen. Young Jane and Michael Banks have no idea what's in store for them when Mary Poppins blows in on the east wind one autumn evening. Soon, though, the children are having tea on the ceiling, flying around the world in a minute (visiting polar bears and hyacinth macaws on the way), and secretly watching as their unusual nanny pastes gold paper stars to the sky. Mary's stern and haughty exterior belies the delightful nonsense she harbors; her charges, as well as her literary fans, respect and adore her.

Grownups who have forgotten Mary Poppins's true charms will be tickled pink to rediscover this uniquely unsentimental fantasy. Younger readers will walk into Mary's world without batting an eye--of course the animals in the zoo exchange places with people on the night of the full moon. Certainly a falling star landing on a cow's horn will make her dance ceaselessly. Why wouldn't one be able to enter into a chalk picture? The only disappointing aspect of this classic is that it doesn't go on forever! (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Grade 3-6-P.L. Travers' story of the Banks children and their unconventional nanny (Harcourt, 1934) has long been popular with adults and children. This version is read by English actress Sophie Thompson, who does a wonderful job providing voices for a multitude of characters. Through her characterization, we can actually see the proper Mary, Cockney Bert, innocent Jane and Michael Banks, the exuberant Uncle Albert, and the shrill pigeon lady. Listeners are afforded a glimpse of turn-of-the-century London. Although the story's primary emphasis is on plot and the characterization of the Banks' children's' relationship with their nanny, some thumbnail socio-economic insights are available. Although written over 60 years ago, the message still rings true. Disappointingly, in this version, the Mary Poppins who delighted audiences with her antics and love for her charges has become a rigid disciplinarian who gives affection to these neglected children grudgingly. The aural quality is very good, and the narration is true to the printed word. This solid production would be a strong purchase for libraries seeking to meet requests for various formats of this title, or for those libraries with large audiotape collections.
Tricia Finch, North Port Public Library, North Port, FL
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Right Wing nuts can't smother the immortal Mary Jan. 20 2003
I was amused, in an appalled kind of way, by the 2-star ratings for this classic from a couple of reviewers suffering from an advanced case of religious tunnel vision, in which they suggest that Mary Poppins is a front for paganism and satanism. P. L. Travers, one of the most accomplished and gifted women of the 20th century, was a scholar whose wide knowledge of myth and fairy tale enhanced rather than undermined her unshakeable religious beliefs. That she didn't broadcast her faith as did that tiresome convert C. S. Lewis is only to her everlasting credit. What, precisely, do the shallow readings of these intellectually challenged reviewers signify? Nix Naught Nothing. If they had read further, and deeper, they would have found, at the end of "Mary Poppins Opens the Door," writ large in capital letters: "GLORIA IN EXCELCIS DEO" which, for the unLatined, translates as "Glory to God in the Highest." This, I submit, is not the way a Pagan or a satanist would choose to end one of their books.

In Jonathan Cott's excellent 1983 book on great children's authors, "Pipers at the Gates of Dawn", Cott quotes Travers: "C. S. Lewis has a wonderful phrase to the effect that 'there is only one Creator, and we merely mix the elements he gives us.' I never use the word 'creator' or 'creative', because I know that I'm neither. I'm a sort of apprentice, perhaps."
This is a perfect example of her radiant faith and modest self view. For those who would like to know more about this brilliant woman, who died in 1996, I suggest they read "Lively Oracles", edited by Ellen Dooling Draper and Jenny Koralek (available through Amazon), a loving and fascinating tribute to the memory of one of the greatest children's authors who ever drew breath.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Poppins Best Book Ever May 7 2004
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Mary Poppins is a spectacular book about imagination and magic. It fulfills your heart with joy once you open the first page. And it is especially a wonderful book for children because children at a young age have a special gift in their minds imagination. When you read this book you will understand every single thing Mary Poppins does and how she does it for example when Mary Poppins first appeared popping out from a rocket on Guy Fawke's Day. I highly recommend this book to adults and children all over the world because you can build up your vocabulary so you can read and write and be creative with your own mind. I personally like the book because it gets more and more interesting as you read and it makes the reader want to go on to the next chapter and so on. It will also make you read faster. My absolute favorite part was when it was Mary Poppin's birthday and Jane and Michael (the two children Mary Poppins took care of) were sitting in a circus with seals and tigers all over. I also, enjoyed the part where Mary Poppins had a compass and while the children were falling to sleep in their dreams (that was actually real life) they saw themselves with Mary Poppins in the North Pole talking to a polar bear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars read these books! April 10 2004
whether you're a child, a child at heart, or someone who wants to re-discover your childhood, read these Mary Poppins books! This is the first in P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins series. And no, Mary if not practically perfect, she is perfectly perfect! There are too many things that I love about these books to list them all: the comedy, the quotable quotes, the lessons to learn, the fabulous writing style. I'm so glad I discovered these great books; I urge everyone else to too at every chance I get! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Poppins Nov. 5 2003
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October 2, 2003
P.L. Travers
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Have you ever seen a stranger fly up a staircase, talk to animals, or put a star in the sky? Well, Marry Poppins can! This is one of the best fantasy books I've ever read and it's way better than the movie. Marry Poppins is about a family who live in a house made to look like a ship. When the family needs a nannie to take care of the children, Marry comes to fill the position. I really liked it when Jane, the oldest child, had a dream about going to the zoo with her bother Michael at night and how every thing there was upside down. People where inside the cages and the animals were watching and running around. It seemed to be Marry Poppins birthday and some lord snake was giving her a present, his shedded skin. The weird part about it is that Michael had the same dream and Marry the next morning was wearing a new snake skin belt. To find out more read the book. I did and I really liked it!
Marry is a strange and mysterious woman who comes and goes when the wind changes. The characters had lots of attitude. Michael and Jane were the kids and John and Barbara were the twin babies. There was
the street painter who can jump into his own paintings. Also, there are the Mom and Dad who don't have a clue that Marry is a magical woman.

This was an awesome and creative book. It had lots of adventure and excitement. Like when Marry takes her compass, says a direction, and instantly she's there! I really liked it because I like fantasy books. Marry Poppins was definitely a page turner with great suspense because Marry Poppins can only stay a little while, but why?
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a woman! Sept. 22 2003
I read all three Mary Poppins books when I was a child in the forties. I loved Mary Poppins. I loved her hat and her severe blue suit and her sensible shoes, but most of all I loved her umbrella with its parrot head. I've been looking for one like it all my life. I've owned a couple of umbrellas with ducks' heads, but I never found one with a parrot head.
When Disney announced that Julie Andrews would play Mary Poppins in a movie, I was shocked and appalled. Were these movie people absolutely insane? Of all the people in the entire world, dead or alive, Julie Andrews is the very last person I would choose to play Mary Poppins. In fact, if Julie Andrews were the only person in the world left to play the role, I'd forget about making the movie and reread the book. Agnes Moorehead, now, might have worked.
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2.0 out of 5 stars For Children Only
I never read this as a child, but I did see the Disney movie. However, it's been so long since I saw the movie that I can't recall much about it other than "Supercalifrag... Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2003 by Glen Engel Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally evocative, delightful, and mystical story.
This book is just wonderful, and I find it difficult to imagine any child who loves reading not liking it. It has a sense of mystery, even sanctuary about childhood. Read more
Published on Jan. 21 2003 by Jesse Williamson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Original Mary
Katie Nana has left the Bank family in need of a new nanny. But before they know it, a woman blows in on the East Wind. Literally. Read more
Published on May 16 2002 by Mark Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Will the Real Mary Please Stand Up
Who WAS Mary Poppins, anyway? Well, as one who grew up with P.L. Travers' fabulous books, I can tell you who she was not. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2001 by Wendy Kaplan
5.0 out of 5 stars Will the Real Mary Please Stand Up
Who WAS Mary Poppins, anyway? Well, as one who grew up with P.L. Travers' fabulous books, I can tell you who she was not. Read more
Published on Dec 28 2001 by Wendy Kaplan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book!
Some people (who shall remain nameless), have a little too much time on their hands, reading bad and dangerous things into what is a delightful classic children's story. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2001 by "melanie436"
4.0 out of 5 stars Charming but demanding
The Mary Poppins of the sticky-sweet Disney film and the Mary Poppins of the Travers novel are two entirely different characters, and the book presents us with a terse, demanding,... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2001 by Gary F. Taylor
2.0 out of 5 stars Keep this woman out of my house!
If you've been introduced to the Disneyfied 1960s movie version of Mary Poppins, prepare to meet the *real* Mary Poppins. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2001 by Godly Gadfly
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