MARY POPPINS Paperback – Mar 1 1991
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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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
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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Poor little Michael didn't get to see Mary Poppins nice until her last day of service when she vanishes off into thin air. We do not get to meet the bubbly Julie Andrews that bursts into supercalifragilisticexpialidocious songs. That version belongs to Disney.
Instead we meet a reserved, sarcastic, overworked Mary who takes her job too seriously. Of course, the twins love her nonetheless. After all, their parents barely give them any time. It made me despise Mary even more. Couldn't she give a little love to these ignored Banks children? But after watching Saving Mr. Banks (please do, it's a great film) another imagine of P.L. Travers appeared and I began to listen more carefully, and weaved Mary's story to Travers' life tragedy.
It might be a classic, but one is better off watching the films.
As to the "Bad Tuesday" chapter, we just read it (revised version) and loved it. Every child has times when they feel that way - mad at the world. Forcing them to "be nice" may not always be the answer. Even kids need to vent sometimes! I think this chapter was great. Seems like everyone mostly ignored Michaels bad behavior, instead of giving him the attention he was after and then he suffered the "consequences" of his own misbehavior in the end when the animals turned on him! Then Mary was there to comfort him in her very distinct way (I think she only pretends not to care and the kids know it!) and he was apologetic and a changed little boy. I think this chapter is good because it shows kids that feeling and acting "bad" sometimes is normal and that even good kids (as Michael usually is) sometimes misbehave but that their family still loves them and will forgive them. (And that if you're TOO bad wild animals may get you!!!)
And to anyone trying to read something into it (witchcraft, Eastern religion) - GET REAL! It's a fun children's book, nothing more. It's pure fun and fantasy. No different or more evil than Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, Winnie the Pooh, or any classic fairy tale (Cinderella, Snow White, etc). Fantasies stimulate the imagination, expand the mind, foster a love of reading and literature, and make the heart sing! Good books are one of the best part of childhood - let's not spoil them for kids with our conspiracy theories.
The font used for this edition is a bit bigger than normal books and I suspect it is to make it easier for kids to read it alone if they wish to do so. I personally prefer discovering the stories of Mary Poppins as a read along where the kids can enjoy it with me. Through the pages of this book you will also enjoy the drawings of Mary Shepard.
Needless to say that Mary Poppins has been part of the life of many people through the years –whether for those who read the book or those who have enjoyed the movie. This book could be a wonderful gift for young people who has mastered reading or for new parents to build their personal library of children’s books.
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