Mary Poppins – Movie & Book

by P.L. Travers
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

If I had seen the movie all the way through before now, it was ages ago. But I can tell that the book version of Mary is much meaner than the Disney version. There are no games and songs to make cleaning up or taking medicine more fun (though the medicine in the book does taste differently -and deliciously- to each person). There are twin babies in the book, too, and they have their own chapter near the end that is quite different than the rest of the book and is one of my favorites. The book is so imaginative and I think it lost a lot of that magic when Disney translated it to film. There were things they left out or changed that really added a lot to the story, but that’s life. As usual, the bottom line is: read the book!

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