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Mary Poppins Books

Updated on September 16, 2014

I first read the Mary Poppins Books when I was about 11. I had loved the movies, and when I saw the first Mary Poppins book by P. L. Travers in a second hand store. Until then I don't think I had really thought where the original story to the Movies came from.

After reading that first Mary Poppins I was hooked, and quickly went through the whole series. The descriptions are so real and vivid, they made me feel I was part of the story, I felt like I could literally see and feel the the various characters.

I hope this lens will give you a taste of this wonderful series. A great one for kids, yet still fun to read as an adult.

The First 5 Mary Poppins Books

1. Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

by Dr. P. L. Travers

This was the first book I read, and reading it after the movie, it was a surprise. Mary Poppins is a whole new person, no all sweetness, even arguably not very nice, she comes into the Banks family and takes charge.

This book has bite, and though everything does work out in the end, with magic and extraordinary experiences for the children, bad behavior does have its consequences.

This book still captivated me as an adult, and I think both boys and girls will enjoy it.

Quick synopsis

We first get to meet the Banks family in this book. There is Mr. Banks and Mrs. Banks and their children Jane, Michael, and baby twins John and Barbara and there are in sore need for a competent nanny. When the last of many recent nannies storms out, the older children Jane and Michael write up what they would like in a nanny. Mary Poppins comes into their life, and despite not being the perfect person (she is often cross, is vain and can be quite stern) she introduces them to a magical world as well and is fair.

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2. Mary Poppins Comes Back

Mary Poppins Comes Back

by Dr. P. L. Travers

With her vain, witty and crusty exterior, Mary Poppins has a heart of gold, and the children are happy to have her back.

They go for more strange, unbelievable adventures in this sequel, learn more lessons in being good and meet the fearsome Miss Andrew. The book is pretty much similar to the first, and is great reading for Mary Poppins' fans.

Quick synopsis

The Bank's household just doesn't seem quite the thing without their dear Mary Poppins, everyone misses her tremendously. While out in the park, Michael kite flies up high into the clouds and to every ones surprise and excitement comes back down with Mary Poppins. Again she takes charge of everyone, and she and the children have some great, extraordinary, magical adventures. At the end of the book she leaves them again, but this time takes with her a return ticket she can use if they need her again.

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3. Mary Poppins Opens the Door

Mary Poppins Opens the Door

by Dr. P. L. Travers

This book starts with everyone in the Banks household out of sorts, nothing has gone well since Mary Poppins left. Mary Poppins floats back into their lives, and everything is hunky dory again, dad is happy, mommy is coping and the kids are happy all set up for a series of some great adventures.

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4. Mary Poppins in the Park

Mary Poppins in the Park

by Dr. P. L. Travers

Stories in the park, adventures anytime any everywhere. This more like an "extras" rather than a complete book. Each story takes an unexpected turn.

Apart from the now very familiar Jane and Michael in the first story, we have the endearing pair of toddler twins John and Barbara and infant Annabel.

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5. Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane

Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane

by Dr. P. L. Travers

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6. Mary Poppins and the House Next Door

Mary Poppins and the House Next Door

by Dr. P. L. Travers

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Other books by Dr. P. L. Travers with Mary Poppins

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Mary Poppins from A to Z

Mary Poppins from A to Z

by Dr. P. L. Travers

Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story

Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story

by Dr. P. L. Travers

Have you read any of the Mary Poppins Books?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love Mary Poppins. What child wouldn't want her for a nanny?

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      Country Sunshine 4 years ago from Texas

      I wasn't aware there were books about Mary Poppins!

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      SherriDW 4 years ago

      I didn't know this series existed. I loved this movie was I was young. Who knows, I might have to check out these books.

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      RationalHedonist 4 years ago

      I read the first one when I was young, but I never knew there were so many others!