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Encyclopedia > Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins series
  • Mary Poppins
  • Mary Poppins Comes Back
  • Mary Poppins Opens the Door
  • Mary Poppins in the Park
  • Mary Poppins From A to Z
  • Mary Poppins in the Kitchen
  • Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane
  • Mary Poppins and the House Next Door

the first four Mary Poppins books
novels and short stories by P. L. Travers
Illustrator Mary Shepard
Released 1934 - 1988
Publisher HarperCollins, London;
Harcourt, Brace, New York
Genre Children's fantasy

Mary Poppins is a series of children's books written by P.L. Travers and originally illustrated by Mary Shepard. The books centre around a mysterious, vain and acerbic magical English nanny, Mary Poppins; allegorically, 'Merry Pop-ins'. She is blown by the East wind to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, London and into the Banks household to care for their children. Encounters with chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and various adventures follow until Mary Poppins abruptly leaves, i.e., 'pops-out'. The adventures take place over a total of eight books. However, only the first three books feature Mary Poppins arriving and leaving. The later five books recount previously unrecorded adventures from her original three visits. As P.L. Travers explains in her introduction to Mary Poppins in the Park, 'She cannot forever arrive and depart.' Mary Poppins Opens the Door is the third childrens book by author P.L. Travers to feature the magical English nanny Mary Poppins. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Pamela Lyndon Travers (9 August 1899 - 23 April 1996) was born Helen Lyndon Goff in Maryborough, Queensland, Australia, was the author of Mary Poppins and a student of G. I. Gurdjieff. ... Mary Shepard Daughter of E.H. Shepard illustrator of Winnie the Pooh and Wind in the Willows. ... See also: 1933 in literature, other events of 1934, 1935 in literature, list of years in literature. ... See also: 1987 in literature, other events of 1988, 1989 in literature, list of years in literature. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... HarperCollins is a publishing company owned by News Corporation. ... Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich is a U.S. publishing firm, and one of the worlds largest publishers of textbooks. ... For the gay mens lifestyle magazine, see Genre (magazine). ... Childrens books redirects here. ... For other uses, see Fantasy (disambiguation). ... Mary Poppins may refer to: Mary Poppins (character), fictional character Mary Poppins, a series of the childrens books about the character, written by P.L. Travers Mary Poppins (1964 film), a Disney film based on the books Mary Poppins (musical), a stage musical based on the books and film... Childrens books redirects here. ... ... Mary Shepard Daughter of E.H. Shepard illustrator of Winnie the Pooh and Wind in the Willows. ... Not to be confused with Magic (illusion). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... A nanny is a person who looks after the child or children of one family in their -- the childs -- home. ... Mary Poppins is a fictional character and the protagonist of Pamela Travers Mary Poppins books and all of its adaptations. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


The books were adapted in 1964 into a musical Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. In 2004, Disney Theatrical produced a stage musical adaptation in the West End theatre. The stage musical was transferred to Broadway in 2006. // Events January 29 - The film Dr. Strangelove is released. ... For the 2004 stage musical, see Mary Poppins (musical). ... Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ... Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, presenter and entertainer, with a career spanning 5 decades. ... The purpose built Lion King theater in Hamburg New Amsterdam Theater in New York City Advertisement for Beauty and the Beast Disney Theatrical, formally known as Walt Disney Theatrical Productions is the stageplay and musical production arm of The Walt Disney Company. ... For the 1964 Academy Award winning motion picture, see Mary Poppins (film). ... West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, England, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland. Along with New Yorks Broadway theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of commercial theatre... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ...

Contents

Books

Mary Poppins, published 1934

The first book introduces the Banks family, consisting of Mr. Banks and Mrs. Banks and their children Jane, Michael, and baby twins John and Barbara. When the children's nanny Katie Nana storms out in a huff, Mary Poppins arrives at their home, complete with her travelling carpetbag, blown by a very strong wind. She accepts the job and the children soon learn that their nanny, though she is stern, vain and almost always cross, has a magical touch that makes her wonderful. Among the things Jane and Michael experience are a tea party on a ceiling with Mr. Wigg, travelling around the world with a compass, buying gingerbread stars from the extremely old Mrs. Corry, a birthday party at the zoo among the animals, and Christmas shopping with a star.


Original and Revised Versions of the Bad Tuesday Chapter

The original 1934 printing of Mary Poppins contained a version of the chapter Bad Tuesday in which Mary and the children use a compass to visit places all over the world in a remarkably short period of time. Because it contained a variety of cultural and racial stereotypes of the Chinese, Eskimos, Africans, and Native Americans, Travers responded to criticism by revising the chapter in 1981 to include animal representatives instead of people. At the same time, original illustrator Mary Shepard altered the accompanying drawing of the compass to show a Polar Bear at the north, a Macaw at the south, a Panda at the east, and a Dolphin at the west. For other uses, see Stereotype (disambiguation). ... Mary Shepard Daughter of E.H. Shepard illustrator of Winnie the Pooh and Wind in the Willows. ... This article is about the animal. ... Genera Ara Anodorhynchus Cyanopsitta Primolius Orthopsittaca Diopsittaca For other uses, see Macaw (disambiguation). ... Panda may refer to: // Giant Panda Panda (plant), a genus of the family Euphorbiaceae PANDAS or P.A.N.D.A.S. is Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptoccal infections Qinling Panda, a subspecies of the Giant Panda. ... For other uses, see Dolphin (disambiguation). ...


Mary Poppins Comes Back, published 1935

Nothing has been right since Mary Poppins left Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane. One day when Mrs. Banks sends the children out to the park, Michael flies his kite up into the clouds. Everyone is surprised when it comes down bringing Mary Poppins as a passenger, who returns to the Banks home and takes charge of the children once again. This time Jane and Michael meet the fearsome Ms. Andrew, experience an upside-down tea party and visit a circus in the sky. There is also a new addition to the Banks family with little Annabel. For other uses, see Tea party (disambiguation). ...


Mary Poppins Opens the Door, published 1943

When Mary last left the Banks children in Cherry Tree Lane, she took a "return ticket, just in case". In the third book she returns to the park in front of Cherry Tree Lane the way she came, falling with fireworks. Once again she takes up nanny duties in the Banks household and leads Jane, Michael, John and Barbara on various adventures. This time they visit her uncle Mr. Twigley, befriend a statue who has come to life, go riding on peppermint horses and experience a garden party under the sea. Mary Poppins Opens the Door is the third childrens book by author P.L. Travers to feature the magical English nanny Mary Poppins. ...


Mary Poppins in the Park, published 1952

This fourth book contains six adventures of the Banks children with Mary Poppins during their outings into the park along Cherry Tree Lane. Chronologically the events in this book occurred during the second or third book (Mary Poppins Comes Back and Mary Poppins Opens the Door respectively). Among the adventures they experience are a tea party with the people who live under the dandelions, a visit to cats on a different planet and a Halloween dance party with their shadows. This article is about the holiday. ...


Mary Poppins From A to Z, published 1962

Twenty-six vignettes - one for each letter of the alphabet - weave unexpected tales of Mary Poppins, the Banks children, and other characters from Travers's previous novels. Each vignette is filled with fun and unusual words that start with the featured letter. The word vignette has several meanings, depending on the context. ...


Mary Poppins in the Kitchen, published 1975

Mary Poppins comes to the rescue when the Banks' family cook has to go on an unexpected leave, teaching the young Banks children the basics of cooking in the process. The book includes recipes.


Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane, published 1982

Mary Poppins takes the Banks children on yet another memorable adventure, this time on the magical Midsummer's Eve. All kinds of strange things can happen, and even mythical figures can descend from the heavens. At the back of the book is a list of the herbs that are mentioned in the story, with their botanical, local and Latin names. Midsummer may refer to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice and the diverse celebrations of it around the world, but more often refers to European celebrations that accompany the summer solstice, or to Western festivals that take place in June and are usually related to Saint John...


Mary Poppins and the House Next Door, published 1988

Cherry Tree Lane neighbours are distressed to learn that their beloved Number Eighteen, an empty house for which each has created an imaginary, wished-for tenant, is about to be occupied by Mr. Banks' childhood governess, Miss Andrew--otherwise known as the Holy Terror. Her dreaded arrival brings a pleasant surprise as well, for Luti, a boy from the South Seas, has accompanied her as both servant and student. Delighted by the prospect of a new friend, Jane and Michael are frustrated by the restrictions which the hypochondriacal Miss Andrew has placed on Luti, who grows more and more homesick for his family and tropical surroundings. When the call in his heart to return home becomes more than he can bear, it is Mary Poppins who makes the trip possible by means of a visit to the Man in the Moon. A governess is a female employee from outside of the family who teaches children within the family circle. ... South Sea may mean: The South China Sea The Pacific Ocean south of Panama The Korean name of the East China Sea Often used in the plural, South Seas, to designate all of the above. ... For other uses, see Man in the Moon (disambiguation). ...


Adaptations

1964 film

Main article: Mary Poppins (film)

Mary Poppins was made into a film by Walt Disney Productions in 1964 based on the series of children's books. According to the 40th anniversary DVD release of the film in 2004, Walt Disney first attempted to purchase the film rights to Mary Poppins from P.L. Travers as early as 1938 but was rebuffed because Travers did not believe a film version of her books would do justice to her creation and did not want an animated cartoon based on it. He finally succeeded in 1961, although Travers demanded and got script approval rights. For the 2004 stage musical, see Mary Poppins (musical). ... Walt Disney Productions is the former name of The Walt Disney Company, which it held from 1929 to 1986. ... Childrens books redirects here. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Year 1938 (MCMXXXVIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The relationship between Travers and Disney is detailed in Mary Poppins She Wrote, a biography of Travers, by Valerie Lawson, published by Aurum Press in the United Kingdom. The biography is the basis for two documentaries on Travers, The Real Mary Poppins and The Shadow of Mary Poppins.


The process of planning the film and composing the songs took about two years. Songs in the film are by the Sherman Brothers. Mary Poppins is played by Julie Andrews. Disney cast Dick Van Dyke in the key supporting role of Bert. The Banks children were played by Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber. Mr and Mrs Banks were played by David Tomlinson and Glynis Johns respectively. The film is rated G by the MPAA. Robert B. Sherman & Richard M. Sherman at the London Palladium in 2002 during the premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Stage Musical. ... Dame Julie Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is an award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ... Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an Emmy Award-winning American actor, presenter and entertainer, with a career spanning 5 decades. ... Karen Dotrice (born 9 November 1955) is a British actress known primarily for her role as the daughter in Walt Disneys feature film adaptation of the Mary Poppins book series. ... Matthew Adam Garber (25 March 1956[1] – 13 June 1977[2]) was an English actor best known for his role as Michael Banks in Walt Disneys Mary Poppins. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Glynis Johns (born 5 October 1923) is a Tony Award-winning British stage and film actress, dancer, pianist and singer (notably of Send in the Clowns in Stephen Sondheims A Little Night Music). ... The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) is a non-profit trade association formed to advance the interests of movie studios. ...


1983 film

In 1983, the story was adapted by the Soviet Union's Mosfilm studios into the Russian-language TV feature film Мэри Поппинс, до свиданья (Mary Poppins, Goodbye), starring Natalya Andrejchenko (acting) and Tatyana Voronina (singing).[1] Mosfilm logo was the Statue of the Worker and Kolkhoznitsa at VDNKh Mosfilm film studio (in Cyrillic, Мосфи́льм) is often described as the largest and oldest in Russia and in Europe. ... Russian ( , transliteration: , Russian pronunciation: ) is the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia, the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages, and the largest native language in Europe. ...


Musical

In December 2004, a musical version of Mary Poppins, based on both the Disney film and the books, opened at the Prince Edward Theatre, London, after previewing in Bristol. It received critical acclaim and was nominated for nine 2005 Olivier Awards. It won two awards, Best Actress in a Musical, for Laura Michelle Kelly, and Best Theatre Choreography, for Matthew Bourne and Stephen Mear. The musical has original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, and a few new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. For the 1964 Academy Award winning motion picture, see Mary Poppins (film). ... The Laurence Olivier Awards, previously known as The Society of West End Theatre Awards, were renamed in honour of British actor Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier in 1984, having first been established in 1976. ... Kelly with husband Nick Winston Laura Michelle Kelly (born 4 March 1981) is an English actress and singer who achieved critical acclaim in the role of Mary Poppins in the musical of the same name. ... This article is about a British ballet and dance choreographer. ... Richard Sherman redirects here. ... Robert B. Sherman (born December 19, 1925) (see also: Sherman Brothers) is an Academy Award-winning American songwriter who specializes in musical films with his brother Richard M. Sherman. ... George William Stiles (born 9 August 1961) is a composer of musicals for stage and screen. ... Anthony Drewe is a British lyricist and book writer for Broadway and West End musicals. ...


In November 2006 a Broadway production opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre, New York. It received mixed reviews but was a box office success and nominated for 7 Tony Awards. It won one award, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, for Bob Crowley.


A number of tour productions are planned for 2008 and onwards, among them a National UK tour and a National US tour.


Main characters

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins is the main character of the books, a magical nanny who sweeps into the Banks home of Cherry Tree Lane and takes charge of the four Banks children. She never openly acknowledges her strange and magical powers, and feigns insult when one of the children refers to her previous adventures. Mary Poppins is a fictional character and the protagonist of Pamela Travers Mary Poppins books and all of its adaptations. ...


Mrs. Banks

Mrs. Winifred Banks is the wife of George Banks and mother of Jane and Michael. In the books she is the struggling mistress of the Banks household. In the film she is a valiant and fervent suffragette and feminist, albeit one who is treated somewhat satirically. In the stage musical she is a former actress who is under constant pressure from her husband as she struggles to enter his social circle. For other uses, see Courage (disambiguation). ... Suffragette with banner, Washington DC, 1918 The title of suffragette (also occasionally spelled suffraget) was given to members of the womens suffrage movement, originally in the United Kingdom. ... Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... Satire is a literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject (for example, individuals, organizations, or states) often as an intended means of provoking or preventing change. ...


Mr. Banks

George Banks is Mary Poppins' employer. He works at the Bank in the City of London, and lives at 17 Cherry Tree Lane with his wife and their children. In the books he is rarely present but is gruffly loving of his wife and children. In the film he has a more prominent role as a cross man who wants order and largely ignores his children but later on his attitude changes. His role in the stage musical is similar to the film, but he has an additional back-story drawn from the original books, in which he was tormented by a cruel nanny during his childhood. Headquarters Coordinates , , Governor Mervyn King Central Bank of United Kingdom Currency Pound sterling ISO 4217 Code GBP Base borrowing rate 5. ... Motto: Domine dirige nos Latin: Lord, guide us Shown within Greater London Sovereign state Constituent country Region Greater London Status City and Ceremonial County Admin HQ Guildhall Government  - Leadership see text  - Mayor David Lewis  - MP Mark Field  - London Assembly John Biggs Area  - Total 1. ...


The Banks' children

In the books there are five Banks children: Jane, Michael, John, Barbara and Annabel. Jane and Michael are the eldest and go on most of the magical adventures with Mary Poppins. John and Barbara are toddler twins who only start going on adventures in the second book. Annabel is the youngest and joins the family midway through the second book. Only Jane and Michael appear in the film and stage musical.


Bert

Bert is one of Mary Poppins' few friends. He normally draws pictures on the pavement with chalk (and so is a screever), but when it rains he instead sells matches and is thus known as the Matchman. Mary sometimes goes on outings with Bert on her Second Tuesday off. In the film Bert is a combination of the Matchman and the Sweep and has a more prominent role in the children's adventures, including taking care of Mary's Uncle Albert. In the stage musical he acts as a narrator and far-away friend of Mary and the Banks children.


Miss Lark

Miss Lark lives next door to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane. She is the owner of two dogs: Andrew and Willoughby. Originally she only had Andrew, who is pure-bred, but the mongrel Willoughby joined the family at Andrew's request. She constantly appears throughout the books and is usually appalled by the magical antics of Mary Poppins. She appears in the film and stage musical as a minor role.


Admiral Boom

Admiral Boom also lives along Cherry Tree Lane. He is a former Naval Officer but now lives in a house shaped like a ship with his wife Mrs. Boom and his assistant Binnacle, who is a former pirate. Admiral Boom often appears in the Banks children's adventures, but he is never fazed by the unusual happenings that surround Mary Poppins. He is remarkable for his use of colourful sailor's language, although, as the books are intended for children, he never actually swears; his favourite interjection is Blast my gizzard! In the film he is a neighbour of the Banks family who fires his cannon to mark the time. In the stage musical he only appears as a minor role.


Parodies

  • In an episode of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Mr. Mosbey's grandmother has a purse that can basically fit anything in it, just like Mary Poppins's carpet bag.
  • On the TV show Arrested Development, the region of the city known as Wee Britain has a daily attraction called the "Poppins" where a doll slides across a wire as if flying across the street. It frequently hits visitors to the region.

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References

  1. ^ Meri Poppins, do svidaniya at the Internet Movie Database
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