Wait hold on Mary Poppins is snarky You mean she doesn t have rosy cheeks, a fresh shimmer of newly applied lipstick, or break out into overly saccharine songs She s not Julie Andrews Okay, let me make the mental adjustment and open my heart to this edgy Plain Jane nanny who uses an early version of Jedi mind control to persuade her new employers to increase her pay and give her extra time off Pisses off most of the people around her, too.Let me wave goodbye to A Spoonful of Sugar and instead embrace P.L Travers s original version of Mary All day long Mary Poppins had been in a hurry, and when she was in a hurry she was always cross Jane and Michael kept out of her way as much as possible, for they knew that there were times when it was better not to be seen or heard by Mary Poppins A heart of stone, that s what that girl had Always keeping to herself, too How we stood her so long, I don t know with her airs and graces and all.Mary Poppins is mysterious even the original movie which the author greatly disliked hints at that She can communicate with animals and flies in and out with the wind, but what you learn from the book is that her creator, Ms Travers, never had a beautifully coiffured Julie Andrews in mind as she wrote her It is also clear that Ms Travers, as she wrote this book prior to 1934, wasn t much disposed to research When she takes her young charges on a swift ride around the world with a magical compass, we learn that all residents of China walk the streets on ordinary days in their finest garments and silk shoes, bowing and saying things like, Confucius say And that, in Africa, the natives talk like this Ah bin specting you a long time, Mar Poppins You bring dem chillun dere into ma li l house for a slice of water melon right now My, but dem s very white babies You wan use a li l bit black boot polish on dem Come long now You se mighty welcome.Just typing that made me cringe Why the natives of Africa in the 1930s speak like stereotyped slaves in 1850 in the American South, I ll never know, but, thankfully, this inaccurate cultural stereotyping occurs only in the one chapter entitled Bad Tuesday I believe this mistake was caused by ignorance rather than mean spiritedness, which was the only reason I was able to carry on and finish this read.Weird chapter aside, I liked this Mary Poppins I m not sure I d enjoy her as my employee, but both the fictional children in the story and my own real children at home liked her sassiness and quirky style.When she allows a westerly wind to sweep her, her umbrella, and her carpet bag away, you feel regret at your goodbye You re not even sure why. 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 to me I loved the wildness Gosh, the author has a seriously incredible imagination Writing It s really fabulous That very old omni present styleI really do like it It s not cluttered with detail And can we spare a moment for the NAME Mary Poppins It s catchy You just want to say it all over the place Okay So let s get down to the gritwhat did I hate UmI really did NOT like Mary Poppins herself Why She was a condescending, b rude, and c unloving The FIRST thing she does when she waltzes into their lives without invitation is to give the children some mysterious medicine I m pretty sure it was hallucinatory drugs that enabled them to fall in love with her Because why else would they have liked her so much She was mean She was always telling them to shut up and come along and be quiet and go to bed and GO HOME Yes At one stage, this nanny told Michael he must be around 5 or 6 to walk home because heaskedif they were nearly finished shopping WHAT This woman is not fit to look after children I did like Bert and the sidewalk drawings, though They were very like the movie Especially when they hopped into the picture Also What did Mrs Banks do all day Would you hire a nanny and not maybe sort of question if she was an axe murderer first Where did Bert actually live Why was he not a chimney sweep I think someone needed to check Miss Lark s mental health There are 4 children Jane and Michael are the oldest, but then there s one year old twins called Barbara and John Is Mary Poppins an escaped Hogwarts teacher I m pretty sure she s Slytherin I didn t like this book I thought Mary Poppins was cruel condescending to the children and not the kind of influence I d want inmykids lives Not that I have kids, but whatever Unfortunately this was a pretty sad introduction to this famous story for me PS The movie is better. By PL 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 Slideup 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 I have been thinking long and hard about my review for Mary Poppins by P.L Travers This book was all wrong and not what i had expected it to be and i would like to share my thoughts and feelings with you So lets all sit back, relax, and talk Poppins As the movie version ofMary Poppins would saySpit spot and off we go First lets start with the summary Mary Poppins by P.L Travers takes place in England on the street Cherry Tree Lane Inside 173 Cherry Tree lane holds a family of six Mr and Mrs Banks and their children Jane, Barabra, Micheal, and John Banks These children are in need of a nanny so of course thats how Mary Poppins just so happens their unexciteing and quiet lives and turns unexciteing into adventure Mary Poppins lead the children on all kinds of adventures but my personal favorite was their trip around the world Many adventures with this women were taken but Mary Poppins always seemed to deny that they ever happened which sometimes put them on edge I don t want to give you so much of a summary considering we still have a long way to go I will add this though at the end of the story Mary Poppins opens up her little unbrella and with her carpet bag in her hand the winds of the west takes her away leaveing the banks family with no nanny Now i want to move all my thoughts down to the main character herself Yes i am talking about the one and only Mary Poppins This women was multiple things the first thing is that she had a problem with vanity which i was taught was not okay and i am not going to lie i had that problem as well Looking at myself in the mirior for to long and talking to myself about how beautiful i am was never my problem Mine mostly came to lots of selfies taken a day and saveing them on my camera but we ar not here to talk about myin the past vanity problem we are here to talk about Mary Poppins In the chapter titled Christmas Shoping Micheal asks Mary Poppins if they could look into the store windows to see some toys Mary Poppins did say yes but she only said it so that she could admire herself threw the window This really made me feel uncomfortable because here is this women possibly in her late thirties standing in the toy store window and talking to her reflection Mary Poppins was also very cross and mean This is not the women i would want to hire to watch my children Most of the time Mary Poppins was treating Jane and Micheal as her younger brother and sister instead of children she was supposed to be nannying and this made me rol my eyes and chuckle a little bit Jane and Micheal were one time even afraid to get in her way because she was often so cross Where was Bert in this story Where was our good looking image of Dick Van Dyke Who had a crush on Dick Van Dyke in the movie I know i did and i also think Freddy High is a pretty good looking, hot babe as well Anyways Freddy was not in the movie and i am not here to talk hollywood relationships with you although feel free to chat with me if you love pop culture Bert only showed up twice in the bok he was mentioned once and he got to imagine him once which was kind of disapointing because the book could really have useome of his chim chimmney spirit I found this book dark sometimes because i personaly think that whenever Mary Poppins gets cross then she gets scary I did not like her attitiude and i did not like her personally She was no swet and beautiful Julie Andrews peoples in fact she was called ugly multiple times Yes the movie version of Mary Poppins was firm but as she clearly stated she never became cross P.L Travers version became extremly cross as i have already mentioned multiple times Jane and Micheal in my opinion were not well bred kids They liked to back talk and were pests many times in the story from Micheal and his naughtyness and Jane and al her questions and corrections and sometimes i did not blame Mary Poppins for going off on them I don t remember John and Barabra being in the film so it was kind of hard to imagine two other children in the Banks family Walt Disney really made a lot of changes in his film and if you have seen the film Saveing Mr Banks then you know how hard Ms Travers was to work with This bolok was not as enjoyable for me as i had hoped Whenever i got it on ebook at the library i was truly excited to read but as i opened and read the first chapter i knew that i was going to have a problem This book was not a book instead it was a lullaby considering it nearly put me to sleep at least once every chapter I rate Mary Poppins with three stars after careful consideration i thought about the rateing as i was going to my grandmothers and as i was bakeing a cake Warning Don t ever bake and think because i nearly put three cups of sugar in my cake and grandmother had to remind me that there was only two I think that if i would have read this book whenever i was younger thwn i would have simplyed adored it but being eighteen i just thought it was ridiclious and unrealistic and trying to finish it was a struggle Mary Poppins leaveing the Banks house made me very upset because she just ditched the children in their nursery and decided to leave but it also caught my heart to see her go because where are you going to find another Mary Poppins My Rateing 3 5 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 pavement painters and shopkeepers, and various adventures ensue, until Mary Poppins abruptly leaves i.e., pops out Only the first three of the eight books feature Mary Poppins arriving and leaving The later five books recount previously unrecorded adventures from her original three visits As P L Travers explains in her introduction to Mary Poppins in the Park, She cannot forever arrive and depart 1974 1383 91 9644455819 1386 20 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 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 worlds, then are safely transported back home Unlike Disney, Travers doesn t try to reconcile the kids to their parents As far as she s concerned, they inhabit two different worlds, and shouldn t be encourged to mix them And you know what She s right.For the record, I do love the movie Mary Poppins, with its gorgeous costumes and sets, not to mention brilliant performances by Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke This is one of the rare cases, like Walkabout, when a movie studio had a diametrically opposed idea of the author s vision, yet managed to create a work of art in the process Compare and contrast the two and tell me what you think in a 20 page, double spaced essay, and don t forget the footnotes. Wicked and wonderful in equal measure Any way you choose to view it a magical woman brings whimsy to the Banks house, a sadistic good witch gaslights a couple of children, or the Banks kids have wild imaginations bordering on insanity P.L Travers classic tale of a priggish and peculiar stranger floating to Number Seventeen, Cherry Tree Lane to nanny some children and stir things up is just good fun The wind, with a wild cry, slipped under the umbrella, pressing it upwards as though trying to force it out of Mary Poppins s hand But she held on tightly, and that, apparently, was what the wind wanted her to do, for presently it lifted the umbrella higher into the air and Mary Poppins from the ground It carried her lightly so that her toes just grazed along the garden path Then it lifted her over the front gate and swept her upwards towards the branches of the cherry trees in the Lane. There is no real magic in Mary Poppins carpet bag or in her medicine, actually It is all about her modern pedagogy, I just realised Have you ever tried to create a lesson out of nothing And, like Travers, I really mean no thing ness You start with kids claiming there is absolutely NO THING INTERESTING in that carpet bag of yours, your subject What can you do but shake it and turn it and show those kids that just because they don t see anything that doesn t mean it doesn t contain plenty of quite necessary things, and some nice luxury articles as well The trick is to make them envious of the things you discover in your carpet bag, and they will want one of their own.Same goes for the medicine Rum punch might be a hard sell nowadays, but surely there are medicines that taste like Coke and contain all the nutrients of a healthy lunch If you have never sat through a meal with toddlers telling them that cucumbers are candy, you may have none of the Poppins magic yet But I am sure the necessity of combining kids and vitamins will catch up with you before the wind changes Which brings me to the walk in the park Of course we all jump right into pictures How else would we continue moving when we have no entertainment but our legs and thoughts There is an inner movie for each moment spent walking, I believe So yes, dear Mary You are a modern pedagogue if ever there was one We all need to invent fairytales for ourselves and our kids, to find the inner magic elements that carpet bags and medicine bottles contain the magic of learning through storytelling.Firm, with a smile, that s Mary Poppins Reread for our classics discussion on the blog 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 imaginative stories that tickle the fancy and will surprise even the most jaded reader Many of the elements and events will be familiar to fans of the very fun Disney film which did a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of the book while making the story their own , such as the chalk picture drawings, tea on the ceiling, and the Bird Woman But readers also get to experience the magic of gingerbread wrapped in gilt paper stars that later get glued to the night sky, a funny night zoo in which the main attractions are people, the awful Bad Tuesday in which Michael is hateful to everybody because he just can t help it, and the tale of Mrs Lark s Andrew, a silky little pampered pet who wants nothing than to be a common dog.My favorite chapter in this book, however, is the bittersweet story of the twin babies John and Barbara, who delight in talking to the wind and the birds who visit them in their nursery When they learn that one day they will no longer understand the language of their dearest friends, they weep piteously and are determined that they will never forget and they will never be changed Not long afterwards, the jeering Starling comes to visit and wheedles a bit of treat from them, but they don t respond Book excerpt The Starling stared at her Ha he said suddenly, and turned and looked inquiringly at Mary Poppins Her quiet glance met his in a long look.Then with a darting movement, the Starling flew over over to John s cot and alighted on the rail John had a large woolly lamb hugged close in his arms What s my name What s my name What s my name cried the Starling in a shrill, anxious voice Er rumph said John, opening his mouth and putting the leg of the woolly lamb into it.With a little shake of his head the Starling turned away So it s happened, he said quietly to Mary Poppins.She nodded.The Staring gazed dejectedly for a moment at the Twins Then he shrugged his speckled shoulders Oh, well I knew it would Always told them so But they wouldn t believe it He remained silent for a little while, staring into the cots Then he shook himself vigorously Well, well I must be off Back to my chimney It will need spring cleaning, I ll be bound He flew on to the window sill and paused, looking back over his shoulder It ll seem funny without them, though Always liked talking to them so I did I shall miss them He brushed a wing quickly across his eyesWritten with brisk humor and deep tenderness, it s passages like these that stir a sweet ache in anyone who still longs to respond to the lovely, wondrous call of childhood. One of the great horror novels I particularly enjoyed the part where Mary gives herself an occult themed birthday party beneath the full moon, with the zoo s entire snake population in attendance Oh yeah, and the Lord Snake turns out to be her first cousin once removed.