From early childhood, we learn the world from the books that our mother reads to us. At first, we remember only our favorite characters: Carlson, Mowgli, Rapunzel. As we grow older, we learn that Carlson was "born" in Sweden, which means that it is there that people with difficult-to-pronounce surnames like meatballs and buns. Mowgli is a hot, humid India, it has jungles and lost cities. And there is also the country of England, in which there are often fogs, and people are neat, prim, outwardly cold, but inside full of riddles and mischief, like our favorite heroine of Pamela Travers' book of the same name - Mary Poppins. The photo of the actress Natalia Andreichenko, who played this role in the Soviet film adaptation of the classic English book, rises before my eyes, it is worth hearing the name of this famous character.
The peculiarity of this story is that, unlike the characters of most fairy tales, the heroine of this one is not a princess, not a sorceress, not a genie from a bottle. On the contrary, it looks like a very ordinary person who is engaged in the most mundane business. After all, who was Mary Poppins by profession? A simple nanny, moreover, with the smallest salary. Simple, but not quite, or rather, quite difficult. In the course of reading a series of books about Mary Poppins, it turns out that she can fly, conjure, understand the language of animals and babies.
The author of these fairy tales – Pamela Travers plunged the reader into the world of magic, dreams and children's fantasies. All this is intertwined with reality so much that no one can still understand who Mary Poppins was by profession, a nanny for children or a fairy-tale character, or maybe her job was to glue the stars to the firmament or help the constellations fly to earth once a year and collect fragrant herbs? Who is this lady without age, who remained unperturbed in any situation, made friends or was related to most of the characters in English fairy tales, and most importantly, was able to manage children, animals, as well as adults of any rank and position in society? In fact, who was Mary Poppins by profession, if all the fish (from royal salmon to sprat) gathered on her birthday, then all the animals from the London Zoo, led by the royal cobra, and once shadows from all over England gathered to congratulate her on this event? The answer was ready to fall from her lips many times, but the question remained open.
The main storyline of this work is quite simple: one day a new nanny comes to the Banks family living in London on Cherry Street. More precisely, it arrives, holding the handle of an open umbrella, driven by the north wind. She takes care of two older children - Jane and Michael, and twin babies John and Barbara. (There are two children in the Soviet film – Jane and Michael.) In the last books of the series, the fifth child appears – baby Anabel. The new nanny deftly manages with all this "company", plus she keeps their parents, servants and the whole Cherry Street under control. Even the obstinate park keeper eventually submits to her.
Children adore their nanny, despite her external severity, because they know that every day spent in her company will bring new amazing adventures.
And it doesn't matter who Mary Poppins was by profession. Her dignity, intelligence, sense of justice and proportion would be envied by many royal cats, let alone the kings themselves and their courtiers ...
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