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Mary Poppins (Odyssey Classics) [Paperback]

By P. L. Travers (Author) & Mary Shepard (Illustrator)
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The Banks children enjoy many adventures following the arrival of an extraordinary new governess

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By P.L. Travers, the author featured in the upcoming 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.
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

Citations And Professional Reviews
Mary Poppins (Odyssey Classics) by P. L. Travers & Mary Shepard has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1153
  • Wilson Children's Catalog 96 - 01/01/1996 page 599
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 532
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/1998
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 775

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Sandpiper
Pages   209
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 1997
Publisher   Odyssey Classics
Age  8-12
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0152017178  
ISBN13  9780152017170  

Availability  0 units.

More About P. L. Travers & Mary Shepard

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! P. L. Travers (1899-1996) was a drama critic, travel essayist, reviewer, lecturer, and the creator of Mary Poppins. Ms. Travers wrote several other books for adults and children, but it is for the character of Mary Poppins that she is best remembered.

Mary Shepard (1910-2000) was the daughter of Ernest Shepard, illustrator of the Winnie the Pooh books and The Wind in the Willows. She illustrated P. L. Travers's Mary Poppins books for more than fifty years.

P. L. Travers was born in 1899 and died in 1996.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > Authors & Illustrators, A-Z > ( T ) > Travers, P.L.
3Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Classics by Age > General
4Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Classics by Age
5Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
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Reviews - What do customers think about Mary Poppins (Odyssey Classics)?

Not Free SF Reader  Sep 3, 2007
Thankfully this book does not have a nanny that is anywhere near as
annoying, or bursts into song in the same way as the painful movie.

She behaves much more as you would expect, telling the kids off a
lot. She does include them in a bunch of strange happenings and outings
to many different locations.

Not a spoonful of sugar  Feb 8, 2007
If you are expecting the Disney's Mary Poppins, you are best making another reading selection. Unfortunately, my expectations may have tainted my reading experience. The book is filled with fun imaginative adventures children would enjoy. However, Mary Poppins is stern and hard. Her tightly guarded compassionate side does pop up during different events, but overall she treats the Bank's children with a harsh and sometimes demeaning hand.
The Nanny-The Myth-The Legend  Nov 13, 2006
When P.L. Travers first wrote Mary Poppins in 1934, she probably didn't know how popular it would be with young people 72 years later. She also probably didn't know that this would end up being my favorite book of all time! I often thought that every book was my favorite (for example, The Wizard of Oz, Bunnicula, Detectives in Togas, Eye of the Storm, The Secret Garden, and the Little Princess) but I now KNOW this is my favorite book of all time. There is just something about this Nanny that I can't explain. I want to read the other books-not only about Mary Poppins, but all of P.L. Traver's books!
It starts when Mary Poppins comes to Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane to take care of her charges-Jane, Michael, and the twins John and Barbara-after the other nanny, Katie Nanna, left. She takes them on crazy adventures such as floating in the air with her Uncle Albert, to going to a mysterious gingerbread shop to meet a lady who is nice to everyone, but verbally abusive to her to overweight daughters. Mary Poppins also goes on expeditions herself. She jumps in a sidewalk drawing with her friend Bert (love is in the air in this chapter...) and goes to a zoo at night.
The book (I thought) was much better than the movie. Mary Poppins was portrayed in the movie as a sweet, but stern nanny. She was always loving and was very pretty. In the book however, Mary Poppins is just plain stern. Sure she is always there to help, but she definitly doesn't take any guff. Mary Poppins was also kind of ugly in the book, with a sharp nose and in another book had big feet. I also loved the original illustrations by Mary Shepard (E.H. Shepard's-illustrator of the original Winnie the Pooh Books-daughter). So I thought (even though Julie Andrews did a spectacular job) that the book was better. However they were both suppose to be 27. I saw on the 40th edition DVD that Walt Disney was worried that P.L. Travers would not approve of the new actress Julie Andrews, so he asked her how old she thought Mary Poppins was. To Walt's surprise, she said that she thought of Mary Poppins being 27. It turned out that Julie Andrews was just that age! But I digress.
If you want a book that is sweet and charming, witty and clever, and has good morals, read this book! But if you want something that your young children will understand and cherish, watch the movie. They are two totally different feelings. This book is geared for ages 8 and up, but if you can get your young child's attention, you can read it to anyone, young or old. Children over 12 will understand where Mary Poppins is coming from, and children under 12 will understand where Jane and Michael are coming from. I give it a bazillion stars, but I can only choose 5. I like it because this book is absolutely charming!
I loved this book and I hope you will too...if you have the patience to read my review!
My Favorite Book!  Jul 16, 2006
Mary Poppins is the absolute best book I have read in a while. Mary Poppins is the worlds favorite nanny. The main characters in the book are the children; Jane, Michael, the twins (John and Barbara) and of course Mary Poppins (the nanny). There are a few neighbors and odd people Mary Poppins know, but not mentionable. My favorite chapter was The Day Out. It was so magical and entertaining! I would recommend this book 9 and up, because some things children wouldn't get and others might think it was boring. The chapters "Full Moon" and "The Dancing Cow" were very boring, but good to read.
Anyway, if you want a good book to read this summer, read this book! So creative and enjoyable!!!!!!!!!!!
This book was horrible.  May 11, 2006
I love to read, and have all my life. I don't know how I escaped reading "Mary Poppins" as a child, because I read nearly every other children's classic book. I decided to read this aloud to my children precisely because I hadn't read it. I was horrified as the book went on...if this Mary has a heart, I can't find it. You'd have to use a microscope to find it.

Yes, there are strange adventures that are interesting. I don't have a problem with that. My problem is Mary herself. She's nasty and mean, and there isn't one redeeming quality about her in the book. I found myself disliking her more and more as the book went on.

Perhaps I was tainted in my viewpoint by the Disney version. But I'll gladly take that version, for once, over the book. At least in the movie Mary could crack a smile and actually enjoy something. In the book she's as friendly as a block of ice.

Watch the movie. Forget the book.

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