Mary Poppins by Dr. P. L. Travers

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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!


About Dr. P. L. Travers

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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. 9780152058104
Published September 15, 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 228 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Cooking. Fiction

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ONDON, Dec. 19 - Her friend Bert the chimney sweep, who should know, says that when a day is "gray and ordinary," Mary Poppins "makes the sun shine bright."

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The Guardian

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Mary Poppins She Wrote: The Life of PL Travers by Valerie Lawson 400pp, Aurum, £16.99 By about 1970 I had seen Walt Disney's Mary Poppins seven times.

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Suite 101

In this era of screens, speed, sports and multiple distractions, parents can often forget to read to their children.

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In Mary Poppins, She Wrote, journalist Valerie Lawson does an admirable job of recounting Travers' life and sorting out the Poppins created by Travers and the one distorted by Disney.

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Note that early editions of Mary Poppins included a different version of the chapter called "Bad Tuesday," in which Mary, Jane, and Michael use a magical compass to travel around the world in minutes.

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Star Pulse

Travers finally succumbed to the entreaties of Walt Disney, and the result is often considered the finest of Disney's personally supervised films.

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One of the first-act production numbers in the production-number-heavy Mary Poppins, which is based on both the beloved 1964 film with a peppy score by brothers Richard M.

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