- Author P. L. Travers
Rather than the sticking to the previous format of Mary Poppins arriving in a random fashion, bringing with her adventures galore before leaving again without a whisper of warning, this book follows selected stories from those times. I quite like that change, rather than knowing it will all end sadly when she disappears again, instead you can just revel in the joy and go with it.
There felt like quite a lot of joy to be had too. As the book is about Mary Poppins in the park, most of the stories take place there, and thus the Park keeper becomes a pretty central character. He’s sort of a nemesis to the children and their adventures, telling them they can’t do this or that, even though they blatantly do. It’s nice to have a bit of an adversary for the protagonists, albeit an ineffectual one.
There were more morals at the end of the stories to take away, as well, what with being careful what you wish for, taking care of your shadows, and accepting who you are and who others are around you. There wasn’t enough Bert for my liking, but still plenty of Mary Poppins being sniffy and vain, which I love just because she isn’t as perfect as Walt Disney made her out to be.