Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers

Mary Poppins

I am a big fan of Disney’s Mary Poppins, so when Saving Mr. Banks came out, I definitely had to see it. After watching the movie, I was even more intrigued about the history of this iconic literary character and her origins and just had to read the book that started it all.

Regarding Disney’s Mary Poppins (1964): Loved the music, the story, the whimsy. Big fan of Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke.

Regarding Saving Mr. Banks: I had previously written a movie review, but due to all my blog troubles, it is gone. I do remember being surprised at the character of the author, P. L. Travers. She was so persnickety! I also remember B. J. Novak appearing in the film as one of the music writers, with whom I am totally in lust.


I am so impressed by Disney and his ability to create so much whimsy for the movie from such a stodgy character in the book, who is more closely resembles the curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer. The chapter entitled Mrs. Corry is pretty creepy, compared the Disney classic and I am glad that did not make it into the movie. The only significant resemblance the movie has to the book is the magic, the part where Mary and Bert jump into the street painting, tea at Mary’s uncle’s house, and some of the characters.

I was not really impressed by the book, surprised that a story about a strict, know-it-all nanny would sell as much as it did.