Review: Mary Poppins

Title: Mary Poppins
Author: P.L. Travers
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Published:  Septermber 15, 1997 (First Published in 1934)
Ebook, About 209 pages
Audio Book 3 hours and 50 minutes
Narrator: Sophie Thompson
Genre: Classic/Childrens
Source: Bought


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!

My Thoughts:

Mary Poppins, the movie, is based on a series by P.L. Travers about a nanny. A nanny with extraordinary abilities. I've watched the movie Mary Poppins so many times, that I've lost count, but it wasn't until recently that I read the book. If you've only seen the movie, do yourself a favor and read the book. It's so different from the movie, it'll be a new experience.

I read this book with my kids while we listened to the audio as well.  The book's narrated by Sophie Thompson. She reminded me a bit of what a younger Julie Andrews sounded like. If you have the opportunity, I think this is a great book to listen to with your family. 

Like I said before, Mary Poppins is completely different from the movie. In the book version Mary Poppins seemed a bit more hard around the edges. She didn't have the softness that Julie Andrews brought to the character. Also, the kids in the books are much worse behaved. The story line is great, and the world that Travers created is incomparable. Mary Poppins is highly entertaining and it's no wonder that this series has stood the test of time.
My kids and I agree that we want to continue on with the series. This would be a great book to add to your summer reading list. Children and adults alike will find it entertaining.

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