Title: Mary Poppins
Author: P.L. Travers
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Date Finished: 8 June 2009
My Rating: 4 Stars
Challenges: 100+, Library, New Author, Spring, Daring Girls
P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins is wonderfully vain and strict.
She is always thinking about and checking on her appearance every chance she gets. She is also rather strict with the Banks children and I found myself wondering why they adored her so much since she was often so harsh with them. I suppose it was knowing that she had some kind of magic and really, who wouldn't want a nanny with magical powers to take them on fun adventures? Even if she was a bit stern on those adventures.
A fun book full of lots of little stories. One of my favorites was the chapter devoted to the young twins John and Barbara. Did you know that while all we hear is baby babble and crying, babies are really able to communicate with animals and the wind? Unfortunately once they turn one they lose that special gift. Charming!
I'd like to read more of the books in the series but I think I'll wait and use them as read-a-louds with my kids.
After reading the chapter on Mrs. Corry and her gingerbread stars I was really craving some gingerbread. I pulled out my Mary Poppins in the Kitchen cookbook and used Mary Poppins very own gingerbread recipe to make myself some gingerbread stars.