Mary Poppins Author:P. L. Travers If Peter Pan and Alice sat down in Wonderland to write a story for their own amusement, the result might be a book like Mary Poppins. P. L. Travers has done it for those immortals and for you in an irresistible manner, aided and abetted by equally irresistible illustrations by Mary Shepard, the daughter of the famous illustrator of the books of... more » A. A. Milne.
The story begins like this: "If you are looking for Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane - and it is more than likely that you will be, for this book is all about that particular house - you will very soon find it. To begin with it is the smallest house in the Lane. And besides that, it is the only one that is rather dilapidated and needs a coat of paint. But Mr. Banks, who owns it, said to Mrs. Banks that they could have either a nice, clean comfortable house or four children. But not both, for he coldn't afford it.
"And after Mrs. Banks had given the matter some consideration, she came to the conclusion that she would rather have Jane, who was the oldest, Michael, who came next, and John and Barbara, who were twins and came last of all."
It was then that Mary Poppins, "the Great Exception" - the most astonishing nursemaid four children ever had - arrived on a high East wind. She became the presiding director not only of the Banks nursery, but also of Mrs. Banks, Uncle Wigg, the tradesman, Miss Lark who lived next door, and ferocious Admiral Boom who lived on the corner.« less