Revisiting the Past~ Mary Poppins

*May Contain Spoilers (Not really)*

“Don’t you know that everybody’s got a Fairyland of their own?”

P.L. Travers

Mary Poppins is my favorite Disney movie. My absolute, all-time, favorite Disney movie. And before you squawk at me, I know that the movie is nothing like the book. I still love the movie. It was one of the best parts of my childhood and I will never not love that movie.

Working at a library has given me many more opportunities to read new stories and explores ones I have always wanted to read before. One of these being the original Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. I had always wanted to read them, but I just never sought it out. Until I was talking to one of my coworkers about it and she went and grabbed the first one for me. So here we are. Revisiting my past and finally reading Mary Poppins.

There are 8 Mary Poppins novels by P.L. Travers and I have currently only read the first one. I went in knowing that it was nothing like the movie and really excited to see what Mary Poppins was truly like. I was not disappointed. It was nothing like the movie and it made it so much better. It was like having another Mary Poppins story to love. Compared to the movie, the book is much more fast paced. There is not much filler fluff in-between events in the book like there are in the movie.

There are some familiar characters like Bert and Uncle Albert that pop up and give me those warm little flutters of comfort and make me go awwwww. The giggly floating in the air scene is still there and Mary’s carpet bag too. It still has all the aspects that helped me fall in love with the movie Mary Poppins, but it has so much more that the movie did not have.

Like a dancing cow, a journey around the world, painting the sky full of paper stars and a shopping star too. It was a fun story to read during the holidays.

As for Mary Poppins, even though the plot was different from the book, I think that both Mary’s were quite similar. Both had those whimsical aspects that poked through the stern and vain personality of Mary Poppins. Who could not resist stopping and looking at her self in every window. I loved that. It was a favorite part of the story for me.

“Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.”

Mary Poppins

And just recently I went to see the new movie with my family. And I loved it. I was very hesitant and unsure after I watched it because even though I knew that it was a sequel, not a remake I still felt like it was missing something. But it wasn’t. The entire time I was smiling and laughing along and it made me fall in love with Mary Poppins all over again.

Mary Poppins will always be one of my favorite childhood movies. And I can’t wait to finish reading the rest of the books to see what other ‘adventures’ Mary and the Bank’s children get up to.


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