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Authoritarian, outdated and absolutley plot-free.
am 28. September 2016
Never thought I would ever say this sentence, but here we go: The movie is better.
The book deals with a lower-class but very haughty nanny who does her best to train Jane, Michael and their many siblings into Good Little Victorian Robots. Their mother has nothing to say or do, except to push out out a few more babies, and their father is basically non-existent. Instead Jane and Michael go on dream-like journeys that teach them... well, nothing, really. No skills, no knowledge. Stuff just happens, and later Mary Poppins haughtily denies anything ever happened.
The biggest problem with this book is that it has aged badly. Society has moved on, obedience and sitting on your arse is not considered a virtue any more.
Disney did this story a huge favour by giving it a plot, a suffragette mother, an emotionally distanced father who has to learn that real men are allowed to show feelings, and children who have to learn that the "big people" aren't always strong or perfect. But especially, Disney has changed Mary into someone you don't want to strangle slowly with a shoelace.
If your book is actually IMPROVED by the Disney movie version - that means it must be pretty crappy to begin with. Yeah. Sadly, it is. Don't waste your time or money on this authoritarian, backwardly "classic". It's not worth it.