Sunday, August 29, 2021

MMGM RETRO FICTION FEATURE MARY POPPINS

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~ MARVELOUS MIDDLE-GRADE
MONDAY RETRO FICTION FEATURE ~
--  'WALT DISNEY'S MARY POPPINS'  --
AUTHOR GEORGESS MCHARGUE 
 
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ABOUT THE BOOK {from Amazon}:

Walt Disney's Mary Poppins [based on the Walt Disney motion picture] story adapted by Georgess McHargue, with photographs from the motion picture, illustrations by Betty Fraser and Craig Pineo (Golden Press, New York). This book is a companion to the movie. A must-have for fans of Mary Poppins. Based on the Walt Disney motion picture.


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR {from Goodreads}:

Georgess McHargue was author of 35 books for children and young adults, some focused on archaeology, myth, and history.

She was born in New York City, the only child of Mac and Georgess (Boomhower) McHargue. She was often referred to as “Little G,’’ and, until her death, “G.’’ At 10 months, she posed for Squibb Cod Liver Oil. She was precocious and a storyteller, even in kindergarten. “The world as I knew it was entirely predicated on words - their use and misuse, their dissection, accumulation and glorification,’’ she wrote in an autobiography for one of her publishers.

Ms. McHargue graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard in 1963 with a major in history and literature. She went to New York and got a job in publishing with Golden Press for two years and then, “spent three months traveling around Greece and Italy honing her language skills,’’ she wrote.

Back in New York, she worked as trade-publisher for Doubleday & Co. for five years. “I was active in local and national political campaigns, civil rights organizations and a variety of now-defunct peace and feminist groups,’’ she wrote. “I was splashed with yellow paint at a demonstration on lower Fifth Avenue and partially gassed in front of the Washington Monument.’’

She was nominated for a National Book Award for her first book in 1968, “The Beasts of Never,’’ and wrote many reviews over the years for The New York Times Book Review.

Georgess love of horses remained strong throughout her life. In a poem she wrote, “When I Go,’’ Ms. McHargue expresses her love for them.

It begins, “When I go, I will go with the horses/Look for me where the long manes/and the long grass are tossing together’’ and ends, “Do not look for me among the twittering birds./When I go I will go with the horses.’’

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MY THOUGHTS:

My favorite movie when I was a young girl was 'Mary Poppins'. To this day, Julie Andrews is one of my all-time favorite actresses and vocalists. She is lovely in every way. I still have my set of 45 records with songs from this movie which I received for my seventh birthday! As an adult, I received a video tape of the movie in one of those fancy Disney video boxes they used to make. I still have the video, too. I also have several 'vinyl' records of her music including a Christmas album.

You can imagine the thrill I felt when I found the book I'm featuring today on the Children's Fiction table at a friends of the library book sale several years ago. The cover price is 69 cents; the price written on the inside cover from the library sale is 25 cents! Although the cover is a bit tattered (which I think is a good thing because it proves this was a well-loved book), the book is in excellent condition.

The cover of the book I have is a little bit different than the cover image I'm sharing here. Mine has a lavender background and a hand-illustrated frame around the oval photo of Julie Andrews in character as Mary Poppins. The illustrations surrounding the photo include pigeons, her straw hat, flowers, the umbrella she is holding in the photo, and a pocket watch—all clues to what lies inside the covers of the book.

The book begins with a synopsis of 'The Production' and short biographies of Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. Next, the publishers present full-page color photographs from the movie. The narrative throughout the book is interspersed with illustrations of scenes from the movie and photographs from the movie.

The still photos from the movie which include Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, and the children—Jane and Michael Banks—capture the on-screen chemistry between Bert the chimney sweep and Mary the nanny perfectly. It was magical way back then, and it remains so in this book.

The book ends with 'The Cast' and 'Credits' listed just as it would have appeared on the end of the film.

Of course, there are many memorable scenes depicted from the movie in this book. But as an adult, I am certain nothing can surpass the feeling I had as a young girl sitting in an old-time, full-sized movie theater and watching the beauty, charm, and magic of this story play out on the big screen.

The next book on my TBR list to request from our public library system will be the first Mary Poppins book written by P.J. Travers and originally published in 1934. When I accomplish that goal, I will post another 'Retro Fiction Feature' spotlighting that book.

Question:  Do you have a favorite movie from your childhood that was adapted from a book? I'd love to hear about it! Please comment on this blog post. Thanks.

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Find the links to read more great Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday posts from middle-grade authors and bloggers at Greg Pattridge's 'Always in the Middle' Blog. 
 
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7 comments:

  1. No favorite movie that I remember from my childhood but I'm with you as far as Julie Andrews goes—a class act all the way. She's also written some children's books.
    Mary Poppins is a magical story and movie and stands the test of time. Thanks for featuring on MMGM!

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  2. I never realized their was a retro book based on the Disney movie, which I still love today. I keep telling myself I need to read a copy of Traver's original Mary Poppins book. I also loved The Sound of Music and have the Scrapbook that was spearheaded by the kids -- especially Angela Cartwright. It's fun too. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Have you read the books that Julie Andrews wrote? The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles was wonderful! Now I want to go find a copy of it—I haven't reread it since I was a teen.

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  4. I remember loving the Mary Poppins books when I was a kid (I think there were a few books in the series).

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  5. I loved Mary Poppins as a kid and watched the remake of it this summer. This sounds like a book I'd like, and the author had a very interesting life. Thanks for sharing it this week.

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  6. Mary Poppins was a sweet movie. The book sounds like a nice walk down memory lane. Thanks for the post.

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  7. It was lovely to hear about your love of the movie Mary Poppins, and it's so fun that it was adapted into a book! I don't think any movies come to mind that I know were adapted into books, although I've seen the reverse many times—I LOVE the newest adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay (the reviews were bad, but I think it's just because the book is a bit too weird to make sense out of context on the big screen). Thanks so much for the great post!

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