Here is the timeless story of Mary Poppins, the world's favorite nanny, and her magical adventures with the Banks family.
Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the Banks children have ever seen. It all starts when their new nanny is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house, carrying a parrot-headed umbrella and a magic carpetbag. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!
©1981 P.L. Travers (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Sometimes I wonder at myself. Do I really need further evidence that the movie is never as good as the book? I must have seen the Disney movie at least a dozen times, so I put off listening to this, feeling I had a fairly good idea of the story and characters. I finally scraped the bottom of the barrel of new books in my library, so I started this short listen.
My first thought on listening to this book? I WAS CHEATED! Yes, that's right. Cheated! My mother failed me deeply in never reading this book to me when I was young, and what's worse, I cheated my own daughter. Beautiful, whimsical writing, characters so unique and moving, not introduced in the movie, overall it's just a gorgeous story. The writing, I can't describe it, but it deserves a "Dao of Mary Poppins" adaptation.
Thompson's narration does nothing but add to the experience of this book. Her vocalizations for the different characters are fantastic! I wish so much that I could go back in time and read this to myself as a child. It's a book to make grown ups think and to remember being children, and a book to make children dream.
I was so curious about this book after watching Walt Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" and of course "Mary Poppins!" The other reviews made me even more curious. First of all, I have to say that the narration by Sophie Thompson is out of this world. She flows from voice to voice so easily and perfectly that you would never realize it was one person.Excellent job -- in fact "practically perfect in every way!" It is true that Mary Poppins is cross and mean at times, but the fun and caring for the children still comes through. I'm not sure I'll go forward with the rest of the series, but this one was delightful. Can't wait to listen with my husband on our next road trip. Oh, and if you are the movie fan, you won't be disappointed as this book does include at least 3 of the familiar stories from the movie. No spoilers though.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Quite enjoyable and I understand why this story captivated Walt Disney and countless little children. As with any book-to-movie, there is more in the book...who knew Jane and Michael and twin siblings? Travers' imagination was strong and the story of Mary Poppins, and her impact on the Banks family is still valuable today.
Was interesting to listen to this version as I had only seen the Disney film & never read the book. Mary is a bit darker here, but still well liked by the children. The narrator has great enunciation, however, she made several of the characters (birds, Annie & Fannie's mother) sound like screechy witches, which I found a bit irritating.
Absolutely! It's a great story, and the narrator is fabulous! She does way more than just read the story - she actually acts it out, which makes for a really interesting listen.
Little Women. Like Mary Poppins, it has children as main characters and clear morals to each tale.
That's a toughie, but the panda voice was among my favorites.
I got kind of caught up in the Mary Poppins thing after enjoying "Saving Mr. Banks" with my college-age children. So I figured why not see what the book is all about. Now granted I did not spend time reading deeply into the characters, but I found Mary to be mean. Yes, she is providing the kids with lots of fun and exciting experiences, but she is not always nice to them. Not even in a stern, British, Elizabethan manner, just kind of mean. If you are a movie fan then you will enjoy items from the movies (no singing!).
loved Sophie's performance! I grew up on the movie and it wasn't until I saw saving Mr. banks last year that I realized it was s book first. thanks to a sale I was able to get this and it was super cute.
The reading was paced a little fast. I'm not sure children could follow along at that pace. I actually lost my place a few times when the stories changed with no indication that they were doing so. Other than that the performance was very good.
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