Mary Poppins

Book review by Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Delightful tale of nanny who brings order, magic to family.

Parents say

age 6+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 5+

This book has much more than the movie.

I was a little surprised at how different this book was from the movie especially after you learn how hard Disney courted her and her work... and I’m so glad that we picked it up. First of all, we enjoyed the incredible imagination of Ms. Landers, especially given the context in which she was writing. This book was surprising, creative, and silly and that is how we read each chapter. I think even the misses in this book are conversation starters to how the world has changed or is asking to change (fair treatment, listening to others, gaslighting). We loved the chapter on laughing gas and bad Tuesday... and the zoo (so amazing - why wasn't this on the movie?!?) they have given our family lots of talking points. Personally as a parent I’m super interested to read more about Ms. Landers and her thoughts behind Mary Poppins’ character development. There’s a lot here and yet for the kids, it’s just silly imagination.
age 8+
Except for some racist language ("Red Indian"), I really enjoyed this book. Even though I've heard this series in particular was racist because of stereotypes like this, it isn't (neither is the original film!).

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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