Book Reviews by NBPL Teens

Mary Poppins by E.L. Travers

Review by Nana

Post Date:05/11/2023

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 Five sequels have been written to P.L. Travers' well-known novel Mary Poppins (1934).
Many readers mistakenly believe Mary Poppins is a children's fantasy book because the
title character is a nanny with magical abilities; however, Travers actually wrote Mary
Poppins with adult readers in mind due to the heroine's unexpected complexity.
Throughout the story, Travers mocks the class-conscious norms of Edwardian Britain
against an incredible backdrop of talking animals and other marvels, foreshadowing
conflicts to come over social position and the meaning of affluence in a rapidly changing
society. Mary Poppins herself is frequently malignly caustic. Walt Disney's film
adaptation of Mary Poppins, which made the book and its characters well-known, didn't
sit well with Travers. The Disney movie debuted in 1964 and featured Julie Andrews as
a posh-voiced, smiling version of Travers’s vain and sneering Mary Poppins. Despite
the fact that Travers reportedly disapproved of Disney's liberties taken with her persona,
Mary Poppins the movie did make Travers a sizable fortune. Travers became an Officer
of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1977. At the age of 96, she passed away in
1996. Just as their former nanny is leaving, Mary Poppins enters the Banks family on
the east wind. The first hint that she might be unique comes from her timing. Mrs. and
Mr. Banks, Michael, Jane, the twin's John, Barbara, and household staff make up the
Banks family. As Jane and Michael Banks get to know their new nanny, they think of her
as a magical creature. Although impatient and occasionally cruel, Mary Poppins infuses
the lives of the Banks children with magic in a variety of ways, and through her
guidance, the kids come to understand that there is much more to the world than they
could have ever imagined. Mary Poppins takes the kids on a number of adventures, all
of which contain elements of magic. For instance, they go to Mary Poppins' uncle's
house, and when they see the uncle floating because he is laughing so much, they join
him and laugh as well. They purchase gingerbread from a small, elderly woman in
another scene, who breaks her own fingers off for the twins to eat. Later, they see the
two daughters of the ancient woman, along with Mary Poppins, hanging stars in the sky.
The kids are taken to the zoo on Mary Poppins' birthday, discovering humans in cages
and animals dressed as humans. The children and Mary Poppins run into Maia, one of
the Pleiades, while out shopping toward the end of the story. Now read Marry Poppins
to see what happens to Marry Poppin, Jane, and Micheal.
I loved the connections that Marry Poppin and the children had. It was very magical and
special in a wholesome way. When Marry Poppin came to Jane and Micheal, I felt like it
was the best present they’ve ever got in their lives. It also made me feel like Marry
Poppin was a parental figure in their lives for a long time. A part that I didn’t particularly
enjoy was when Marry Poppins had to leave the children. It was the saddest goodbyes
I’ve ever seen which made me really bittersweet. Overall, I would definitely recommend
this book because it’s entertaining to make you feel a lot of emotions at once. There’s
also a movie version of this story which you should definitely check out.


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