Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins


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Mary Poppins 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book because it was like no other. I watched the movie made by Walt Disney and thought it would be cool to read the book. The book is really good too! Just to correct anyone, Mary Poppins is meant to be 27 years old by P.L. Travers. Yeah, I thought she was old at first too. But the book is about this nanny who comes and changes the Banks childrens' lives. She makes everything fun and lively and is like no other nanny. I'd reccommend this book to everyone as it's really a delightful story.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend the novel Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. This book had all the elements of a good children's novel. It was humorous, magical, and lets your imagination roam. This book was a series of adventures all coming together to make a wonderful story. I would recommend this book because it is based out of a British time period where many children have not been taught about this culture. Mary Poppins was a strict nanny that the children were not only scared of her but also loved her. She took the children on many magical adventures. Mary Poppins was magical, but only used her magic when the four children behaved. If they did the right thing good magic would happen. If they were naughty, bad magic might happen, or even the magic would not come at all. At the beginning of the story you believe that Mary Poppins does not love the children and is mean to them. By the end of the story, you are able to see her big heart and her loving ways. If you are looking to read a book that is based on the movie, do not read this one. It is way different than the movie. For instance, Mary Poppins is not a cheerful and happy young Nanny that swoops in to save the day. She is proper, demanding, bossy, and strict. Also, there are four children in the book instead two compared to the movie. There are still Michael and Jane with a set of one year old twins. These children try to behave, and Mary Poppins makes sure of it. The book is much more realistic of the British times and I enjoyed reading it more than watching the movie. Even though this book is way different than the movie, it is still a good children's novel as it lets an imagination run wild. There are many magical moments like when Mary gives the children their medicine with a flavor of their choice or the children wandering into paintings. This book is great. Go and buy it for your children today.
Kristi Bogunovich More than 1 year ago
If you were expecting to read about a cherry, rose cheeked nanny who magically appears and takes the Banks children on many adventures, you will sadly be misaken on this novel. It was very clear why Walt Disney selected the 6 chapters that he did to create the movie that many of us have come to love and cherish!
carlosmock More than 1 year ago
This is not Disney's tale, although it is what the movie and play are base on. P. L. Travers (1899 - 1996) was the creator of Mary Poppins and wrote eight Mary Poppins books altogether starting in 1934. Unlike other nannies, Mary Poppins makes the most ordinary events extraordinary. She slides up banisters, pulls all manner of wonders out of her carpet bag, and banishes fear or sadness with a no-nonsense "Spitspot." She leads the children from one magical adventure to another and still gently tuck them in at the end of the day. Although they are children's books, they are fun to read at any age.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Disney sugarcoated Mary Poppins. While the movie is delightful and true to the books in the form of the nursery magic and whimsy, the book is so much more. Mary Poppins is a British Nanny who happens to have not grown up. She is no Peter Pan, but in her charge the Banks children (which in the series comes to number five) have wonderful adventures while on their daily outings with her. Mary forbids them to ever speak of them, quashing their inquistiveness with wet blanket comments. She is a respectable person, thank you, and doesn't acknowledge the child in herself, but somehow, lets it escape and not only teach lessons of sharing, compassion and love, she does it in such a way that the nursery magic never dies. Definately good for read aloud family time. Bake some cookies, make some tea and pull up to the fire to enjoy 'Mary Poppins.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book paints a different image of Mary Poppins than the movie of years ago. Mary Poppins is quite sullen. Each chapter has magical moments, many of which are not in the movie. The book is only about 100 pages, but it is very entertaining.
stm2 More than 1 year ago
it was great. there is more detail and there are more characters than in the movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!! A classic book,a touching movie,if you get netflix,you can watch it. I have read it 5 times,and I'm 9! Totally Reccemend!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book very much in the sense that the story is one that revolves around the fictional life of the imaginary nanny. I absolutely love the idea of a kind old woman who enjoys the same things that I do, such as: taking bubble baths, baking cookies, dusting the house, and singing lovely melodies in the shower and with my umbrella.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable classic for readers of all ages. Whether it's you first time reading this story or you're older and just revisiting some of the magic of childhood, it's a great classic. No, it's not the Disney movie version of Mary Poppins. If you are only familiar with the movie and expect the book to follow that story line completely, you may be disappointed. The movie contains certain chapters from the series of Mary Poppins tales. These books deal with good and bad aspects of life and lessons learned.
lovingbooks More than 1 year ago
I don't know why I haven't read this book until now. Mary Poppins has always been my favorite Disney Movie. But the thought of reading the book never occurred to me until after seeing Saving Mr. Banks (fantastic movie!), for some reason. As far as the book goes, I still am debating on whether I actually liked it or not. It was hard to separate the movie version from the book version, after growing up with the movie version. But I kept reminding myself to separate them as I read. In my opinion, it was amazing that Walt Disney was able to come up with the wonderful version of Mary Poppins that he did, from the story in this book. I don't know why P.L. Travers was afraid Walt Disney was going to ruin her Mary Poppins character by putting her on screen. If anything, he made her Mary Poppins character a much more loving and heartwarming character then in the book. I am glad I read the book, and would recommend anyone to read it. But the movie will always be tops in my heart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It the best story ive read from here in the nook. It is very entertaining. I cant stop reading it.................
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should read his book because it is really good and it is not like the movie Saving Mr.Banks even though it is made in Walt Disney even though thy are nothing alike becaus one has the saving Mr.Banks and the other one has saving Mrs.Banks an it does not have the same charaticts like the othersaving Mrs and Mr Banks. So they both are kind of alike.
psycheKK More than 1 year ago
Mary Poppins is a perfect book to read to my son now. He doesn't need illustrations on every page and he can sit still for an entire chapter. Why Mary Poppins is so perfect, though, is because every chapter is a short story. The stories all fit together for form a longer story, but they also can stand alone quite well. My favorite chapter is entitled The Dancing Cow. Those who have seen the movie may not recall a dancing cow. That's because it is not in the movie. And that is one of the reasons why the book is so much better than the movie. Mary Shepard was the daughter of E. H. Shepard, and E. H. Shepard, as every bibliophile knows, illustrated the Winnie-the-Pooh books. Suffice to say, the talent gene was passed on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!
KealaniAlexandra More than 1 year ago
P L Travers put her best foot forward with this magical classic. Reading guarantees broadening one's outlook as new Nanny, Mary Poppins, guides her young charges through transforming adventures.
Jim Jaskulsky More than 1 year ago
I love the Mary Poppins series!! They are wonderful stories of the adventures that the Banks children have with their strict, but loving nanny. Mary Poppins! This is a book that should be read by all children or read to them! I am 13 and i have read the series twice! Thank you ever so much, Miss Travers!!
Harry Metcalfe More than 1 year ago
Mary Poppins is a wonderful chapter book for fourth grade readers who loved the movie and have not read the book. When I started reading the book I thought that it won't be as good as the movie and I was wrong. Now this is my 12th time reading the book and I still love it.
Anneliese Peterson More than 1 year ago
I havn't finished this book quite yet, but Mary Poppins is portrayed as rude and grouchy. Maybe she changes further in the book. It is hard for me to get past the fact that she is not as nice and sweet as she is in the movie. So far the book is good with a fast moving plot that does not drag on forever.
SuziIzMe More than 1 year ago
I didn't remember that the movie came from books. What a delight to share these with my granddaughter Kirby Ann!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was enjoyable and fun to read! I like the way it combines fantasy and reality. It was written well. It is good to read in schools.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Mary Poppins! My mom reads it to us every morning before school. It's really funny too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was really good. I couldn't put it down and I read 85 pages on the first night.
smg5775 More than 1 year ago
Mary Poppins comes as a nanny to the Banks' children. They go on adventures with her but are they real? Only Mary Poppins knows for sure. Mary Poppins is a curmudgeon. She can discipline with only a look. I liked the children. Their wide-eyed awe is on display. Every day is an adventure with Mary Poppins. The story is a series of short vignettes of adventures or stories Mary Poppins tells. The adults are not prevalent. They are on the sidelines. This sets up the series of books I want to read because I want to know what other adventures they go on.
lizzybeans11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was a fan of only the movie as a child. It was whimsical, Mary was gorgeous and talented, and I wanted to be Jane so badly! The original stories are more dark than the Disney version, Mary's a little tougher, the kids are a little meaner and there's another sibling!