At the end of the first Mary Poppins book, she leaves by floating away on the wind with her umbrella. At the beginning of Mary Poppins Comes Back by P. L. Travers (Lexile: Unknown; Interest Level: Grades 4-7), the Banks household is topsy-turvy because nothing has been the same since Mary Poppins left. At her wits end, Mrs. Banks sends the children by themselves to the Park. As Michael flies his kite, some clouds roll in and as Michael tugs his string to pull his kite down from the clouds, he finds Mary Poppins at the end of the string!
And, thus, the adventures of the children and their amazing Nanny begin again. The Banks household gets back in order, and everyone settles down into normalcy. At least, what is normal for Mary Poppins, which includes visits with some extraordinary people and late night adventures that end with the children waking in their beds and Mary Poppins denying the adventures. Anyone who enjoyed the first Mary Poppins book will also enjoy this second installment. (304 p.)
One of the reasons I became an elementary school librarian is so I can read children's books.