Mary Poppins Story Summary
When Marry Poppins arrives at Banks house, their children Jane and Michael lives are turned magically upside down. Mary Poppins takes the children on the most extra ordinary adventures- to a ride on a carousel inside a sidewalk piture, to a rooftop of London. When they are with Mary Poppins, the most magical things seem to happen!
Hello, there! My name is Bert. I’m sort of a man-about town, you might say. I do what suits me – sell kites, clean chimneys, or paint pictures on sidewalks. Today it suits me to be a one-man-band. Why don’t you come with me? London is lavish this time of year!
Here we are at Cherry Tree Lane, and over there is Number Seventeen, where the Banks family lives. Not too long ago, something very unusual – and very amazingthing happened at the Banks home.
Let me tell you the story. Mr. Banks, you see, worked all day in a bank, and Mrs. Banks was always busy with club meetings and such, so Jane and Michael, the Banks children, had to have a nanny, which is a person who looks after kids. Jane and Michael had had several nannies, and on this special day, the latest one had just left, telling Mr. and Mrs. Banks that they’d have to find somebody else to look after their little monsters!
Jane and Michael weren’t really naughty. The Nanny simply misunderstood. She thought the children had run away from her, when all they’d done was follow their kite.
Now Mr.and Mrs. Banks had to find still one more nanny. The way to do that was to place an advertisement in the newspaper, calling for someone firm and practical.
Jane and Michael, of course, had their own idea about the kind of person who should be their nanny, and to help their father they wrote an advertisement for him: “ Wanted: A Nanny. Must have fun temperament, rosy cheeks, and be ready to play games.”
When Mr. Banks noticed the children’s advertisement, he called it “ silly non-sense.” He tore it up, threw it in the fire place, and wrote the advertisement himself. But late that night a bizarre breeze blew down the Banks chimney and carried the pieces up into the night sky.
The next morning, when Jane and Michael got up, the line of nannies they saw from their window stretched clear around the block! They were all waiting to be interviewed by Mr. Banks, and a firm and sensible lot they were. Not a rosy cheek among them.
Jane looked at the nannies in dismay. “ I don’t understand Michael. They’re not what we advertised for at all.”
But just then a wind started blowing from the east. Down Cherry Tree Lane the east wind blew, increasing stronger and stronger. Finally it chosen up all those firm and sensible nannies and blew them away.
Before Mr. Banks even knew they were there, every last one of them was gone!
Jane and Michael watched in joy from the play room window. Then, riding toward them on the east wind, a person holding a black umbrella approached. “ Oh look, Michael! It’s her! Our nanny! Rosy cheeks and everything!”
The rosy-cheeked person landed on the front doorstep of Number Seventeen. She promptly marched in and said, “ Mr.Banks, I am the new nanny.” And before Mr. Banks even knew what had happened, she slid up the bannister to the nursery.
“ My name is Mary Poppins,” she said, taking off her coat and hat. “Come along, children. We’ll begin with a game called ‘Let’s Tidy Up the Nursery.’ ”
Jane didn’t like the sound of that. “ Are you sure it’s a game, Mary Poppins?”
“ That depends on your point of view. You see, in every job that must be done, there is an part of fun. You find the fun and snap! The job’s a game.”
Mary Poppins snapped her fingers, and sure enough, “ Let’s Tidy Up the Nursery” became a magical game. Toys put themselves away, beds made themselves, clothes hung themselves up, and soon the play room was neat as a pin.
The children were thrilled. “ Mary Poppins, you’re amazing!” “ Of course. And now you must get some sleep. Tomorrow we’ll have an outing in the park.”
The next day it suited me to be a sidewalk artist, and I was sketching pictures in chalk when I looked up and saw Mary Poppins and the children.
“ You’re lucky children indeed! When you’re with Mary Poppins, magic just seems to happen. How about a bit of magic right now, Mary Poppins? No one’s looking.”
“ Well, if we must, we must. Now line up, and jump!”
Suddenly we found ourselves inside one of my sidewalk pictures, at a county fair. All four of us took a ride on a carousel, and then Mary Poppins rode her horse right off the slide carousel, and ours followed. We joined a fox hunt, and entered a horse race. Oh, we had a jolly time!
That evening when Mary Poppins tucked the children in, Jane had a request. “ Oh, Mary Poppins, we had the most amazing day! Promise you’ll never leave us!”
“ That’s a pie-crust promise – easily made, easily broken. I shall stay until the wind changes. Now go to sleep. Tomorrow you are going on an outing with your father, to the bank where he works.”
Jane and Michael were shocked. “ Really? Father has never taken us anywhere before.”
Indeed, he hadn’t been too happy with Mary Poppins when he had heard about the children’s recent adventure.
“ Really, Mary Poppins! The children’s trips should be practical, educational.”
And Mary Poppins agreed. “ I quite see your point, Mr.Banks. Tomorrow the children shall be at your side.”
Bright and early the next morning, the children set off for the bank with their father. Michael had brought some coins with him to buy food for the birds, but Mr. Banks wouldn’t hear of that. “ You must put your money in the bank where it will earn interest. Give it to me!”
All of a sudden, the outing with their father lost all its promise of fun, and Jane and Michael let go of his hands. They ran off and got themselves lost.
It was a good thing they ran into me. That day it suited me to be a chimney sweep, and the children were pleased to see me. But they were still upset. “ Oh, Bert! Father tried to take Michael’s money! He doesn’t like us at all!”
I put a stop to that kind of talk. “ Your father loves you very much. It’s him I feel sorry for. There he is all day in that cold, heartless bank, and nothing to keep him company but money.”
That made them think twice. Jane and Michael decided to apologize. “ Come along, then,” I said. “ It’s my day to clean your chimney. I’ll take you home.”
But before I could even get started on their chimney, Mary Poppins had a surprise for us. In a twinkling she whisked us all up the chimney and out onto the rooftop!
We gazed out over the rooftops of London. ‘What a beautiful view,” said I. “ And who gets to see it from up here but the birds, the stars and the chimney sweeps?”
We danced and sang and had a normal party. When you’re with Mary Poppins, the most magical things seem to happen!
Jane and Michael felt much better after their party on the rooftop, and they went straight to their father. Michael offered him his coins to put in the bank. Mr. Banks smiled.
“ Keep your money, Michael. I was only doing what I believed best for you, but now I see that money isn’t that important. It’s having fun that counts at your age, and from now on, I’m going to spend a lot more time with you both.” And Mr.Banks gave the children a hug and went off to make them a kite.
Then the whole Banks family went to the park together, for the first time in ever so long. They flew their kite and had a grand time. The wind had changed, and everybody wanted to fly a kite. I was the only one who noticed Mary Poppins sailing away on the west wind. “ Goodbye, Mary Poppins,” I waved. “ Don’t stay away too long.”