Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

Mary Poppins

Written by P. L. Travers

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Mary Poppins has been the world’s most famous nanny for the last 80 years and her success remains undimmed. Jane and Michael Banks need a new nanny so they set about writing a job description. In reply, blown in by the East Wind, comes Mary Poppins. From the moment that she slides up the banisters Michael and Jane know that Mary is not any ordinary nanny! Although Mary Poppins is not one to stand any nonsense, as the children soon discover, she is perfectly fair. And she is full of surprises. Soon the children are off on the most wonderful magical adventures – including flying!

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Mary Poppins literally blows into 17 Cherry Tree Lane and becomes the most famous nanny in the world. Magic and adventure follow her everywhere.


Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

The original best-loved classic about the world's most famous nanny - Mary Poppins. When Jane and Michael Banks draw up an advertisement for a nanny, Mary Poppins and her talking umbrella appear out of the sky, ready to take them on extraordinary adventures. Mary Poppins is strict but fair, and soon the Banks children are whisked off to a funfair inside a pavement picture and on many more outings with their wonderful new nanny! Needless to say, when at last 'the wind changes' and she flies away, the children are devastated. But the magic of Mary Poppins will stay with the Banks family forever. The original story of the world's most famous nanny, Mary Poppins, is a timeless classic that has enchanted generations.

Mary Poppins was made into a very successful Disney film in 1964. The story of the production of this film has itself now be brought to the big screen, starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. Saving Mr Banks, which closed the BFI London Film Festival, focuses on the 2 weeks that Walt Disney spent with P.L. Travers trying to secure the screen rights to her novel.

For film updates and gossip visit the official Saving Mr Banks facebook page here.


Like all great children's classics, Mary Poppins is frightening and sad as well as magic and very funny Observer

As I grow older I realise how much of my world view was created by Pamela Travers and Mary Shepard, her illustrator, or perhaps how much they took the things that children thought about the world and made them real, and gave us one adult who was, ultimately, on our side. Neil Gaiman

Absolutely alive, and aglint with magic Walter de la Mare Mary Poppins is the Good Fairy, whom we are all seeking Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

P. L. Travers

P.L. Travers was born in 1899 in Maryborough in Queensland, Australia and was one of three sisters. She was brought up simply, but traditionally, with a cook upon whom much of the character of Mary Poppins is based. She began her writing career in Australia, publishing many poems, then came to England and wrote for newspapers in Ireland and England. She began Mary Poppins 'out of the blue', while lying ill in bed. It was published in 1934, was an immediate success and was followed by another five books.

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176 pages
Interest Age: From 9


P. L. Travers
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HarperCollins Children's Books an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication date

7th November 2013




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