Mary Poppins, Paperback Book
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The original best-loved classic about the world's most famous nanny - Mary Poppins. When the Banks family advertise for a nanny, Mary Poppins and her talking umbrella appear out of the sky, ready to take the children on extraordinary adventures. Mary Poppins is strict but fair, and soon Michael and Jane are whisked off to a funfair inside a pavement picture and on many more outings with their wonderful new nanny! Needless to say, when at last `the wind changes' and she flies away, the children are devastated.

But the magic of Mary Poppins will stay with the Banks family forever. The original story of the world's most famous nanny, Mary Poppins, is a timeless classic that has enchanted generations.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Classic
  • ISBN: 9780007286416

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Mary Poppins is a very familiar figure, of course, so it's nice to find that the book instantly achieves a tone of cheerful and charming whimsy, uncovering the fun that must always have thrived at some level, beneath the stuffiness of taking tea and gender divisions and petticoats and 'dignity'. The story here is happy to exaggerate the silliness of the proprieties of its age, and has its very memorable title character to turn everything topsy turvy. Playfulness subverting the given order is a formula that will always have appeal for children; and the book's setting, deep within the secure fastness of comfortable childhood (like Meet Me In St Louis, or most of the classics of Edwardian children's fiction) soothes those of us grown to weary adulthood. Many of the most fanciful scenes here didn't make it to the film, but are still worth reading, and still fit in.

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