I'd prefer it not be edited... Review from Amazon I read: "Reading the books that I loved as a child was wonderful - until I realized that it had been edited to make it more socially acceptable. The chapter called "Bad Tuesday" involves a magical compass that transports the characters all over the world. The original work used the author's vision of what the people would be like, and had used some pretty offensive stereotypes of the time. But the altered version completely changed the story, not only using animals instead of people, but changing even the storyline. Would have liked to be able to see the original work also, or at least been warned that the newer version was altered to that extent. Nancy"
I listened to this after seeing "Saving Mr. Banks" and found it delightful. The Disney movie was one of our favorites when my sons were young, and I was astonished to learn that almost all of the features in the movie (everyone jumping into Bert's chalk drawings, Mary sliding UP the stair bannister, the bird lady feeding pigeons near the church) came from Travers' original book. The narrator of the audio edition is British and does an excellent job. You'll love it.
Loved, Mary Poppins, different than movie of course, children's story but, I liked it.
Great timeless classic. nothing more need be said. One that everyone should read!
This unabridged version of PL Travers' Mary Poppins is adorable! Great for kids but a wonderful reminder to adults of just why we loved her as kids.
Funny engaging and very sweet. A must have for any families collection! Certainly on par with Dr. Doolittle, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Pollyanna, and others!
This book is certainly not Walt Disney's Mary Poppins. It is also not "Saving Mr Banks"s Mary Poppins (which I suppose would technically also be Walt Disney's Mary Poppins.) This is PL Travers's Mary Poppins. Based off of what I have learned about the author, this is just the sort of thing that she would write. This Mary Poppins was conceited, she was snarky, rude and, at times, cruel to the children.
All of the lovely things that happened in Disney's Mary Poppins were essentially only blips on the pages. There were no dancing penguins, no escaped carousel horse rides, no kite building and most importantly (especially if you've seen Saving Mr Banks) no trip to the Bank with the children's father.
Possibly because I loved both of Disney's movies so much and they vastly differ from the book, I just didn't like this story. Additionally, I can't understand how anyone else would either. I'm generally very open-minded, but this Mary Poppins was a horrible person. And more important to the story, she was a horrible person who was a nanny! I don't understand how anyone even remotely maternal could find this book enjoyable.
I very much enjoyed this book. Of course the movie was different. Yet it has earned a treasured spot on my shelf. I'm sure I will read it again. It will be interesting to see how it is used in the movie "Saving Mr. Banks".