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A booklist for: Mary Poppins – The Musical

Production dates: September 19 – October 5, 2014

This is a booklist created by Gere Branch library staff to accompany the stage production of Mary Poppins – The Musical at Gere’s neighbor, The Lincoln Community Playhouse.

Mary Poppins – The Musical is a fully-staged musical adaptation (and expansion) of the 1964 musical film Mary Poppins, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, which, itself, was an adaptation of the novel written by Mary Travers, which was published in 1934 (7 more novels were to follow). The arrival of a new nanny, Mary Poppins, to the Banks household on Cherry Tree Lane in London provides for a greater sense of control and stability in the Banks family, but also more of a sense of both adventure and responsibility for the Banks children, as Mary takes them on the rooftops and parks of London, making friends with musical chimney sweeps and dancing statuary.

For Youth:

book coverMary Poppins
by P.L. Travers [j Travers]

For all her offended sniffs and humphs, Mary Poppins is likely the most exciting nanny England–and the world–has ever seen. Young Jane and Michael Banks have no idea what’s in store for them when Mary Poppins blows in on the east wind one autumn evening. Soon, though, the children are having tea on the ceiling, flying around the world in a minute (visiting polar bears and hyacinth macaws on the way), and secretly watching as their unusual nanny pastes gold paper stars to the sky. Mary’s stern and haughty exterior belies the delightful nonsense she harbors; her charges, as well as her literary fans, respect and adore her.


marypoppins40thdvdMary Poppins [on DVD] starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke [DVD j Mary]

Same plot as the Travers book, but featuring a lot of music, singing and dancing, including a classic routine with Dick Van Dyke dancing with animated penguins. This film, and the music in it, serve as the inspiration for the stage musical.


nannymcpheedvdNanny McPhee
starring Emma Thompson and Colin Firth [DVD j Nanny]

Nanny McPhee can tame even the most unruly children with a tap of her magic walking stick. Her latest challenge is the bratty brood of a recent widower, Mr. Brown. He is under pressure to find a new wife or lose his much-needed allowance from wealthy Aunt Adelaide. His love for scullery maid Evangeline remains unspoken as he wincingly woos the eagerly merry widow Mrs. Quickly; but Brown’s raucous rugrats have a plan to make things right, especially after they’ve come under the benevolent influence of Nanny McPhee, whose peculiar brand of discipline works wonders for everyone involved.


book coverMr. Elephanter
by Lark Pien [jP Pien]

From early morning until sunset, beloved Mr. Elephanter takes care of the rambunctious youngsters of the Elephantery, preparing their breakfast, taking them to the park, tucking them in for naps, and joining them at play.


book coverEmma Dilemma and the New Nanny
by Patricia Hermes [j Hermes]

Emma tries to help her parents understand that, although their beloved new nanny has made a few mistakes, no one can behave perfectly responsibly all the time.


book coverAmelia Bedelia and the Baby
by Peggy Parish [jF Parish]

Amelia Bedelia has her hands full when she takes care of Mrs. Lane’s baby. As usual, the literal-minded housekeeper mixes things up, but she also wins the heart of her newest and youngest fan.


book coverNanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan
by R.A. Spratt [j Spratt]

When Mr. Green announces his diabolical plan to remarry, his children are horrified at the thought of losing their beloved Nanny Piggins. Also in the series: The adventures of Nanny Piggins


soundofmusicdvdRodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music
starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer [DVD Sound]

As Nazism takes over Austria, a governess and a widowed father fall in love and escape the country with his large family of musically-talented children.


For Adults:

book coverThe Pleasing Hour
by Lily King [King]

Lily King’s highly acclaimed, award-winning debut novel is the story of Rosie, an American au pair in Paris whose coming of age defies all our usual conceptions of naïveté and experience.


book coverWhite House Nannies
by Barbara Kline [649.1 Kli]

As president of Washington’s premier nanny placement agency, White House Nannies, Inc., Barbara Kline has spent the last twenty years handpicking and delivering nannies to elected officials, cabinet members, advisers to the President, and the media who report on their every move. In this hilarious account of her life in child care, Kline discloses the mayhem that ensues when these powerful parents find themselves at the mercy of tiny tyrants—and the nannies who offer their only hope of salvation.


book coverWhat the Nanny Saw
by Fiona Neill [Neill]

When her privileged employers become the focus of a financial scandal at the height of the economic crash, a trusted nanny finds her loyalties tested by a reporter who taps her as an insider with unique perspectives into what various family members have hidden from each other.


book coverYou’ll Never Nanny in This Town Again: The True Adventures of a Hollywood Nanny
by Suzanne Hansen [649.1 Han]

When Oregon native Suzanne Hansen becomes a live-in nanny to the children of Hollywood über-agent Michael Ovitz, she gets much more than she bargained for: working twenty-four hours a day, juggling the shifting demands of the Hollywood elite, and struggling to comprehend wealth unimaginable to most Americans, not to mention dealing with the expected tantrums and the unexpected tense atmosphere in the house where she lives with her employers. When she finally quits, her boss threatens to blackball her from ever nannying in Hollywood again.


book coverLove, Nina: A Nanny Writes Home
by Nina Stibbe [Biography Stibbe]

In 1982, 20-year-old Nina Stibbe moved to London to work as a nanny to two opinionated and lively young boys. In frequent letters home to her sister, Nina described her trials and triumphs: there’s a cat nobody likes, suppertime visits from a famous local playwright, a mysteriously unpaid milk bill, and repeated misadventures parking the family car.


savingmrbanksdvdSaving Mr. Banks
starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks [DVD Saving]

When P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Walt Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character, Mary Poppins to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, Travers’ reflects back on her difficult childhood in 1906 Australia.


Created in partnership with the Lincoln Community Playhouse by ka/Gere Branch Sep 2014 | Modified for use on BookGuide by sdc/bmpl

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