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Mary Poppins in the Park (Armada Lions)

Mary Poppins in the Park (Armada Lions) [Kindle Edition]

P. L. Travers , Mary Shepard

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“Like all great children’s classics Mary Poppins is frightening and sad as well as magic and very funny.”
The Observer

“Absolutely alive, and aglint with magic.”
Walter de la Mare

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A classic original Mary Poppins novel.

Things happen to the Banks children when they go to the park with Mary Poppins. Strange things, funny things, unexpected things: nothing is ever straightforward with Mary Poppins about – and it’s never boring either!

Mary Poppins, neat and prim in her blue skirt and a new hat trimmed with a crimson tulip, looked at them over her knitting. She was sitting bolt upright against the tree, with a plaid rug spread on the lawn around her. Her handbag sat tidily by her side. And above her, from a flowering branch, the parrot umbrella dangled. She gave a little sniff.

The stories in this collection happened during all three of the visits Mary Poppins made to the Banks family. Jane and Michael are never quite sure whether what happens to them in the Park is just a dream – or not; things are never straightforward with Mary Poppins!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3470 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 015201716X
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (7 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #201,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mary Poppins Pops In For Parties in the Park 4 July 2000
By Lynn Bulmahn - Published on
When adults forget their childhood pals, daydreamers make foolish wishes and the wind blows unusually strong, it always leads to something quite out of the ordinary -- that is, whenever Mary Poppins is around.
In this, the final Mary Poppins book that P.L. Travers gave us before her death at age 90, we share the five Banks' childrens' adventures. Besides Jane and Michael, who were in the classic Disney movie, there are also toddler twins John and Barbara and infant Annabel.
A big departure from the Disney flick is Mary Poppins herself. Here, she is not the smiling, syrupy sweet nanny that young Julie Andrews portrayed; rather, the book's title character is strict, stern, often sarcastic and very taken with herself. Her strong personality makes her a unique storybook character and readers will find this Mary Poppins more of an enigma. Which, frankly, makes for better stories.
Everything in this book is G-rated but not preachy. Travers gives her young readers many fascinating, but never frightening, fantasy situations. Or are they real? Jane and Michael can never quite tell. The lines between what's real and what's not always blur around Mary Poppins.
This book is a series of unrelated chapters, self-contained stories, all dealing with the same main characters. Nothing is ever as it seems in the nursery of No. 17 Cherry Tree Lane -- or in the nearby park.
On a hot summer's day, Mary Poppins tells the children a tale of a hobo who was an angel in disguise, shedding his rags and growing wings as he flies away.
In another chapter, Michael, upset that he's caught a cold, finds that some days when everything seems to be going all right, it's actually going all wrong. He's taught a valuable lesson on a planet full of cats.
Later in the book, the children find messages on falling leaves. And witness a delightful, but not frightening, Halloween shadow dance in the park.
The nanny's magical cousin, Mr. Mo, is introduced. Jane finds the little toy figures she's created and destroyed do have lives of their own.
Around Mary Poppins, adults -- including favorites such as Admiral Boom, Miss Lark and her two dogs Andrew and Willoughby, the Bird Woman and Bert -- are caught off balance. Zookeepers, policemen and taxi drivers react to a flurry of frenzied events. Characters pop out of storybooks, out of Jane's mind, and off ceramic bookends. Lions and unicorns and even Indian chiefs prance through the park.
We are taken to worlds that exist between the blades of grass in the lawn, and up in the sky, to where felines and children disappear. There are traffic snarls, wedding breakfasts and birthday parties. And through it all, stalks Mary Poppins, with not a hair out of place. In very short order, characters get what they deserve, if not what they expect, and things are set right.
How does she do it? No one knows. Mary Poppins, you see, never, ever explains. But, she always entertains. Have some fun in the park with this magical nanny.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not A Fourth Book...More Like *DELETED* Scenes From Other *POPPINS* Books. 14 Jan 2009
By Alex Honda - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed MARY POPPINS IN THE PARK, but this book is more like an "extras" rather than a complete book.

There are a collection of stories and magical happenings that surround Mary Poppins and the Banks kids, and of course they all take place in the park.

The stories and illustrations are still charming and I really like that in the beginning of the book there's a two-page spread showing an illustrative map of Cherry Tree Lane, the park, and the various locations that were used in the stories including Number 17, Miss Lark's house and Admiral Boom's, and Neleus the statue. And there's a personal note from author P.L. Travers that explains this book.

Another good book for bedtime stories.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fourth Book of Mary Poppins 5 Oct 2012
By Black Plum - Published on
Mary Poppins In the Park is not actually about the fourth visit of Mary Poppins (because there wasn't one), but rather a collection of stories that happened during her first three visits. I enjoyed this one, though perhaps not as much as the first too. It was just as good as Mary Poppins Opens the Door though, and some of the stories were more meaningful and deep than from the previous three volumes. For example, the first story Every Goose a Swan, about who people really are, rather than their illusions about themselves. I really liked that one.

P.L. Travers paints the same world in which anything is possible- at least when Mary Poppins is around. I'm glad that I finally got to read this one. I believe that there are two other books about Mary Poppins, but one is a cookbook with a story, and the other is called Mary Poppins A to Z. So this is really the last actual story (though the cookbook is one too.)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good enough 2 July 2014
By Miss Ivonne - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
P.L. Travers warns up front that this volume is not the fourth in the series in the sense of being the further adventures of the magical nanny Mary Poppins. Rather, these are adventures that date mostly from the time of Mary Poppins Comes Back and Mary Poppins Opens the Door. As Travers says, "She [Mary Poppins] cannot forever arrive and depart."

Some of the characters from the previous books reappear -- Fred Smith, the imperious Park Keeper; Admiral Boom, the Bird Woman of St. Paul's Cathedral, the prissy Miss Lucinda Lark and her dogs, Mrs. Corry and her giant daughters, Egbert the Policeman, the Lord Mayor of London, and Bert the Match Man -- but quite a few new ones emerge, too: a trio of charming princes, Mr. Mo and his tiny park and family, some literal shadow people, and the denizens of a cat star. Some of the adventures are delightful -- "The Children in the Story," which will especially resonate with adults -- while some are simply enjoyable enough.

While not quite in the same league as the 1934 debut Mary Poppins (Odyssey Classics) or 1943's "Mary Poppins Opens the Door," readers -- whether children or adults -- will be happy to have "Mary Poppins in the Park" so as to once again visit with the Banks children and most famous nanny of all time. There is definitely life in the old girl yet!
5.0 out of 5 stars Again 12 July 2014
By Tomfoolery Tomfoolery - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Yet again Mary Poppins is back for more hair raising adventures with the Banks children. More tales full of excitement and hours of enjoyment and happiness will you find within the covers of this wonderful sequel to the ever fabulous Mary Poppins.
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