Here at Books Inc. on Chestnut, the proper, prim, unexplaining, and unexplainable nanny, Mary Poppins is back on the scene. Mary Poppins is one tough old bird, and those raised on Julie Andrews’ “spoonful of sugar” portrayal in the movie will find the original book more like a brisk swig of vinegar. P.L Traver’s book is one to read aloud and it stands the test of listeners of many minds. Everybody believes in Mary Poppins - Michael and Jane Banks, the twin babies, and the Starling, Mr. and Mrs. Banks, Bert the Matchman who is also a pavement artist, and even the jolly uncle who sits on air! Fantastic without whimsy or sweetness, and human without dwelling on the obvious, I predict that long after some are forgotten, Mary Poppins will go on marching triumphantly--umbrella, carpet bag and white gloves in hand. No parent or child should miss his share of the fun, the beauty and magic it holds.
--Reviewed by Sophie, Books Inc. Chestnut Street