-When Mary Poppins is about, her young charges can never tell where the real world merges into make-believe. Neither can the reader, and that is one of the hallmarks of good fantasy.---The New York Times
From the Back Cover
Up in the sky a tiny spark hovered and swayed in the darkness. What could it be…? Still they waited. And still the spark grew even larger and brighter. Then suddenly Jane caught her breath. And Michael gave a gasp. Down came the spark, growing longer and wider. And as it came, it took on a shape that was strange and also familiar. Out of the glowing core of light emerged a curious figure – a figure in a black straw hat and a blue coat trimmed with silver buttons.
'This is the third book about Mary Poppins.'
"Absolutely alive, and aglint with magic."
Walter de la Mare
"Like all great children's classics, 'Mary Poppins' is frightening and sad as well as magic and very funny."