cAfter watching the movie Saving Mr. Banks I was inspired to go back and re-read the classic book Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers (Lexile: 830; Interest Level: Grades 4-7). Originally published in 1934, this is truly a story for the ages. The children in the Banks family are driving their parents (and their nannies) crazy. In fact, the nannies they have keep quitting because of the poor behavior of Jane and Michael. Then, one day, Mary Poppins shows up at the door and changes the children with her unexpected adventures and the entire family with her strict efficiency. Everything runs smoother with Mary Poppins around, and the children are attentive like never before because of some of the strange things that happen when she is around.
First, Mary Poppins catches the attention of the children by perching herself on the bannister and riding it UP the staircase! The adventures that follow include pulling an entire armchair out of her carpet bag, making medicine taste like lime cordial, and even floating to the ceiling during tea time at the home of one of Mary Poppins' relatives!
This engaging fantasy will continue to fascinate all children who ever had to have someone look after them (so, ALL of them!) and who have wished for spectacular adventures in their daily lives. (208 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.