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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

Travers, P. L. (Pamela Lyndon), 1899-1996; Shepard, Mary, 1909-2000

The Banks children, Jane and Michael, change nannies just about as often as most people change their clothes. It's not that they're naughty, exactly - just awkward. Everyone in the household is at their wits' end with them - until Mary Poppins arrives

Paperback, Book. English. Children's stories.
New ed.].
Published London: HarperCollins Children's, 2008
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Statement of responsibility: written by P.L. Travers ; with illustrations by Mary Shephard [i.e. Shepard]
ISBN: 0007286414, 9780007286416
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Physical Description: 172 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Series: Essential modern classics
Subject: Poppins, Mary (Fictitious character) Juvenile fiction.

Accelerated Reading

Book Level: 6.1
Interest Level: MY
Points: 6
Quiz Number: 216730

Author note

P.L. Travers was born in 1899 in Maryborough in Queensland, Australia and was one of three sisters.

She worked as a secretary, a dancer and an actress, but writing was P.L. Travers's real love, and for many years she was a journalist. It was while recuperating from a serious illness that she wrote Mary Poppins - "to while away the days, but also to put down something that had been in my mind for a long time", she said. She recieved an OBE in 1977, and died in 1996.


Essential Modern Classics are relaunched in gorgeous new covers bringing these timeless story to a new generation.

When the Banks family advertise for a nanny, Mary Poppins and her talking umbrella appear out of the sky, ready to take the children on extraordinary adventures.

Mary Poppins is strict but fair, and soon Michael and Jane 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.