Most people should know the story of Mary Poppins (whether from this book or the Disney movie version). You know, the magical Nanny who takes care of some kids in England? They have some silly adventures and have ridiculous parents?
Anyway, let me start by saying Disney’s Mary Poppins is my favorite non-animated Disney movie. I love the music and Mary Poppins and the funny things she does. Having said that, I was surprised that the book and movie were so very different. Of course, I expected differences (the movies are never the exact same!), but I was not prepared for the significant differences such as: Jane and Michael having twin siblings, the different adventures within the book and most importantly, Mary Poppins herself.
Quite frankly, I didn’t think she was a very likable character at all, and Julie Andrews’ Mary Poppins is so endearing and everyone loves her (“It’s a jolly holiday with Mary”… right?). She was very vain and not very nice at all in the book. I tried very hard to rid myself of the Disney version of the character and after a short time, it was easy enough to do considering the different personalities of these two women with the same name. But I had a hard time trying not to compare certain scenes and wondering when a beloved scene from the movie would appear in the story only to never find it.
In the movie, the kids and parents (or at least the father), all learn a lesson and have a better relationship and Mary Poppins really does care for the children; in the book, I didn’t get that feeling at all on either of these points.
I’m glad I read this just to see the inspiration for the movie, but I’ll stick with Julie Andrews, thanks! I don’t plan to read any of the other books in the series.