The book is illustrated by Mary Shepard. I love these drawings of the nanny and her charges...did you know Jane and Michael Banks had two younger twin siblings - John and Barbara - along with a baby sister Anabel?
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Of course it was a given with the musical production of Mary Poppins coming to Chicago that I should go. Wes gave me the tickets for my birthday way back in January, and we recently saw the show. The performance was totally enjoyable. A breath of fresh air as it deviated just enough from the Walt Disney movie. Mary, Bert and the Bank's children are complete charmers..and yes, there are even special effects that make you wonder, "How did they do that?" Just as Mary Poppins did when she turned two naughty, sourpuss children into well-mannered little children. Go if you can before this musical floats out of our fair city just as Mary is carried off into the clouds by clasping onto her parrot-handled umbrella...
Mary Poppins has always fascinated me. Quite a gal...and to think of her as a nanny delighted me. Of course I loved the books. Pamela Lyndon Travers aka P. L. Travers penned the first Poppins book in 1934, with many others following. Lucky me to have found a first edition of Mary Poppins A to Z in a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for something like a quarter.