This slipcase, using the West End show artwork, contains all six original Mary Poppins stories: "Mary Poppins", "Mary Poppins Comes Back", "Mary Poppins Opens the Door", "Mary Poppins in the Park", "Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane" / "Mary Poppins and the House Next Door" (2-in-1 edition). All magical children's classics, it's the perfect ...Read MoreThis slipcase, using the West End show artwork, contains all six original Mary Poppins stories: "Mary Poppins", "Mary Poppins Comes Back", "Mary Poppins Opens the Door", "Mary Poppins in the Park", "Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane" / "Mary Poppins and the House Next Door" (2-in-1 edition). All magical children's classics, it's the perfect collectable gift. When their new nanny, Mary Poppins, arrives on a gust of the East Wind, greets their mother, and slides up the banister, Jane and Michael's lives are turned magically upside down. Familiar to anyone who has seen the film or the recent West End adaptation, you can now read all six of these wonderfully original tales about Jane and Michael's adventures with the magical Mary Poppins. In each book Mary takes the children on the most extraordinary outings: to a fun fair inside a pavement picture; to visit Uncle Andrew who floats up to the ceiling when he laughs; on a spectacular trip to see the Man-in-the-Moon! With her strict but fair, no-nonsense attitude, combined with amazing magical powers, things are never straightforward with Mary Poppins! But she has only promised to stay until the wind changes...Beautifully presented in a slipcase with the artwork from the West End show, this is the perfect Christmas gift to be enjoyed all year round.Read Less
I first saw the Disney version in 1965 (age 17) and thought it was great. This year, after watching Saving Mr. Banks, a very interesting video, I got and read a copy of the book. First, it is extremely well written and highly entertaining, and not much like the movie. Most importantly, I was simply amazed at the awareness PL Travers (her pseudonym), exhibited regarding realms that the currently dominant worldview relegates to myth and imagination. Fortunately, young ones who's minds have not yet been utterly submerged by faddish thinking (e.g. the material meta-paradigm), frequently perceive the underlying truths that are wrapped in storytelling, that most ancient method of passing knowledge among humans. I recommend this book highly for all ages.
Dec 17, 2009
Not what Disney Taught Us
I had heard that Ms. Travers didn't care for the Disney treatment of her character, Mary Poppins, and I can see why. Mary Poppins was a sharp, vain, snippy nanny with some spunk! I loved it! She said what she thought, corrected misconceptions freely, and was totally in charge of her own destiny though of the working class. I loved the details of the book, and I liked knowing that some of the scene set ups in the movie were totally skewed. I liked learning what REALLY meant to go on. It was great. I want the rest of them now. NOW!
Mar 11, 2009
This book is a great example of how a good movie may only give the dimmest, most shadowy idea of how great the original book was.
Many people don't know that Mary wasn't sugary sweet, she was tart and brusque and kept her tender side hidden (usually shown to the reader when the children aren't looking).
Yet this strict, no-nonsense nanny provides her charges with fantastic, wondrous adventures into other worlds or with impossible colorful myths - then pretends they never happened. (Warning: those who've had therapy to get over dysfunctional childhoods are likely to find this never-speak-of-it rule disturbing...)
Fun for any age, funny and dazzling.
Jan 16, 2009
THE BOOK IS WRITTEN IN SPANISH IT SHOULD BE TOLD YHAT IN THE AD BEFORE BUYING IT.
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