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Mary Poppins in the Park (Mary Poppins series Book 4) by [Travers, P. L.]
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Mary Poppins in the Park (Mary Poppins series Book 4) Kindle Edition

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Book 4 of 4 in Mary Poppins Series (4 Book Series)
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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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Mary Poppins, neat and prim in blue skirt and a new hat trimmed with a crimson tulip, looked at the children 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.

'This is the fourth 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."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 11149 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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Delightful. Even better than the film and that says an awful lot.
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252 of 259 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a classic - almost 27 Jun. 2009
By Kathy - Published on Amazon.com
Reading the books that I loved as a child was wonderful - until I realized that it had been edited to make it more socially acceptable. The chapter called "Bad Tuesday" involves a magical compass that transports the characters all over the world. The original work used the author's vision of what the people would be like, and had used some pretty offensive stereotypes of the time. But the altered version completely changed the story, not only using animals instead of people, but changing even the storyline. Would have liked to be able to see the original work also, or at least been warned that the newer version was altered to that extent.
42 of 44 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 Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
87 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical. 27 Dec. 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The entire Mary Poppins book series by the wonderful P.L. Travers is fantastic. I'm so glad to see they have finally arrived in hardcover with the original covers. No, this is not the sugary Disney movie--but this, the original story, will take your breath away with its magic and wonder. Give it a try. I think if you take these stories for what they are you will appreciate the wit and the adventure.
99 of 112 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to find Cherry-Tree Lane... 29 Sept. 2001
By Marc Ruby™ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I have to admit that I cannot completely explain the attraction of Pamela Travers' tale of Mary Poppins, nanny extraordinaire. But 48 years later, and Julie Andrews notwithstanding, I still found myself nodding and smiling as I read the book. Strange things just happen around Mary. You can wander into paintings and travel the world with a magic compass. Laughter makes you fly and the animals in the zoo will celebrate your birthday if you're nice. All at Mary Poppins' whimsy.
Growing up in the U.S., with no concept of what a nanny was, I still loved her right away. What is odd about this is that she actually isn't all that likable. She is quite vain and very, very bossy. She says 'no' a lot, and rarely stops to explain herself or reveal her secrets. Yet somehow you know that she will never let you down and she always will do what she says. Young Jane and Michael (and the even younger twins) couldn't ask for a better guide and protector. In a family where the father is most often at work 'in the city' and the mother is loving but a trifle inept, Mary is the glue that keeps things working together.
The book is actually a series of short tales of a fantastical nature. Sometimes the tale contains the requisite grain of wisdom and sometimes it is just silly fun. Perhaps the willingness to be light hearted is what charms young listeners. In addition to those already mentioned, there is the tale of the dancing cow, and a touching explanation of why we cannot talk to birds. Even though the book is quite readable for an 8 or nine year old, it is really best for being read to children. The adventures should be appealing to almost any child and the pen and ink sketches are a delight to look at.
If you are considering buying a reprint edition, there is, another reason why the book is best read out loud by a parent. In 1934, when the it was originally published, a certain amount of cultural insensitivity was common, and while it did harm, it was not really intended to. In one story, 'Bad Tuesday,' the children travel the world to meet Eskimos, Chinese, Native Americans and Blacks. While all these people are stereotyped, the description of the Black Africans is atrocious. People of color will find it quite offensive. Thanks heavens, in the Odyssey Classics edition this has been remedied. It is the latter I recommend.
It is a relief that there are publishers who understand the value of a wonderful story and will take the appropriate steps to keep it accessible. Mary Poppins teaches us all that wonder lies behind even the most mundane things. I expect I will be right there with Michael and Jane waiting for our magical nanny to return.
35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Supernanny recipes 12 Dec. 2006
By Gwynne C. Spencer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Everything for kids to cook from Apple Brown Betty to Zodiac Cake. In between you'll find Beff Patties, Bread and Butter Pudding, Cherry Pie, Date Bread, Dressing for Salads, Easter Cake, Fruit Salad, Gingerbread Stars, Honey and Bananas, Irish Stew, Jam Tarts, Kale (Cabbage) Kings Cake, Lanchashire Hot Pot, Lemon Souffle, Meringues, Nut Loaf, Oatmeal Cookies, Potatoes, Queen of Puddings, Roast Chicken and Bread Sauce, Shepherd's Pie, Trout, Upside Down Cake, Very Plain Cake, Walnut Cake, XXX Candy Kisses, and Yorkshire Pudding. A cute little cookbook for kids ten to fourteen or even younger ones who love Mary Poppins and things British.
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