Summary- The four Banks children find themselves with a very unusual nanny.
My rating- C
I have to start off this post by saying that I am probably a bit biased by the fact I have seen and love the Walt Disney version of Mary Poppins and this book was very far removed from the movie. I wasn’t expecting that when I got the book and found that disappointing. Particularly, the movie has a very good moral which was about children needing their parents. The book has no such moral ending and I have to say that I wasn’t sure there was much point at all to the whole story. Mary Poppins shows up. The Banks children experience a variety of supernatural events. Mary Poppins leaves.
Mary Poppins in the book is a mysterious and rather cross woman. The warmth from the movie never really comes across in the book. There is also no concrete explanation of who Mary Poppins is or why she is there. In many ways, she is little more than a bundle of contradictions.
I can see how this book would be a fun read for small children as it does detail some pretty interesting adventures like going to the zoo on a special day when the animals are treating humans how they are usually treated.
As an adult though, I didn’t care for this book.