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I love P.L. Travers and her work! She wrote the original Mary Poppins in 1934, and this one in 1935. Her Mary isn’t sugary sweet like Walt Disney’s. She’s more like Minerva McGonagall from Harry Potter. Strict and firm. Someone who sets limits. Mary Poppins is also wise like Albus Dumbledore, but she has a bit of a temper.
When Mary returns, Jane and Michael get to go on more fantastic outings. You can read all ten, including when the kids meet Mr. Turvy. It’s a little like meeting Uncle Albert, except everyone is upside down, like they are on this book cover.
Later they meet the balloon lady. She has balloons, and balloons. The magic happens when you find the right one, with your name on it. Find it, and you’ll sail up, up, and away.
Mary always knows when she’ll leave . . . this time after the locket breaks. Jane and Michael never dreamed it would happen on a merry-go-round, but this one lifts into the sky and becomes a star.
By P.L. Travers, the author featured in the movie Saving Mr. Banks.
From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. This classic series tells the story of the world's most beloved nanny, who brings enchantment and excitement with her everywhere she goes. Featuring the charming original cover art by Mary Shepard, these new editions are sure to delight readers of all ages.
Pulled down from the clouds at the end of a kite string, Mary Poppins is back. In Mary’s care, the Banks children meet the King of the Castle and the Dirty Rascal, visit the upside-down world of Mr. Turvy and his bride, Miss Topsy, and spend a breathless afternoon above the park, dangling from a clutch of balloons. Surprises are sure to pop up when Mary Poppins is around!
Started 12/28 Finished 1/3
I just finished the original MARY POPPINS. Pamela Lyndon Travers saw it published back in 1934 and updated in 1997.
Pamela’s MARY is different from Disney’s, and I like it better. I didn’t believe it, but I read it twice. Her character isn’t half as sweet, but kids didn’t care. Disney’s wife read it to their daughters at bedtime, and they convinced their dad to make it into a movie. It took him 20 years to convince Pamela.
Pamela’s MARY is less sweet, more realistic. It’s richer, and deeper than Walt’s, like dark chocolate. Her fantasy is as imaginative as J.K. Rawlings, but different. Pamela’s is based in her childhood, on the myths and fairy tales she grew up reading in Edwardian Australia, around 1906.
I wish I’d discovered Pamela’s MARY when I was a kid. I would have eaten them up. In fact, after I finish her biography, again, my next read will be Pamela’s MARY, #2.
PS – if you’re curious how Pamela’s book is different from Disney’s movie, click on this link . . . Rinda Beach - Blog - Rinda Beach
Amazon’s Description (From Back Cover:
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!
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!