Project Type: Reviews of Children’s Literature

Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers

With its romanticized view of a middle-class family in 1910 London, UK, “Mary Poppins” is classic Christmas movie and TV fodder. But, there has always been a largely unacknowledged darker side to P.L. Travers’ series of children’s books about “Mary Poppins” – they all feature a missing, or withholding, parent or caregiver.