mary poppins up, up and away

March 7, 2017

Helloooooo darling friends! It's been awhile. I have to be honest, I feel the pull of Instagram ever more strongly these days. It's fun, it's quick, it's easy to engage with others and easy for them to engage with you.....but there are times when just a quick glance at a cover doesn't quite cut it, and that's why I keep the blog going. Sometimes you have to see what's going on inside, and this is one of those times.

'Mary Poppins Up, Up and Away' by Helene Druvert, adapted from P.L. Travers' legendary works is a book that just came out this past January and it's a WORK OF ART. It took me less than 10 seconds to decide whether I wanted to buy it. I was with my husband at the time and he got it immediately as well. ART.

Paper cut art, to be specific.

The book is all in black and white, so I took pictures in black and white. The story of Mary Poppins and her arrival into the lives of Jane and Michael Banks is distilled here into the most charming and simple prose. Very sweet. Helene Druvert has taken the bare bones of the Mary Poppins tale and laid it within a landscape of the most gorgeous and intricate paper cut illustrations, which serve to convey even more of the story than the simple and spare words do. Look below.
Incredible! The first picture on the left - that's what it looks like with the paper cut black art against the background. In the second photo, I've lifted the paper cut page up a bit, so you can get a better sense of the detail.

Now, let me right now give you a word of caution. DO NOT let your kids handle this book. This book is a treasure and an instant-heirloom, but DO NOT let the kids touch it unless you are right there. In fact, someone needs to be there WHEN I TOUCH IT. I ever so slightly bent a couple of pieces of the paper cut pictures while trying to photograph them and I was so mad at myself. They bent back into place, but let me stress to you - the book is DELICATE and there's a reason that the front and back covers are so thick - to better keep and preserve the paper cut art. This one needs to be kept high on the shelf and brought out as a special treat.

But don't let me words of caution deter you in any way from owning this stunning masterpiece. Yeah I said it. And while I've used 'charming', 'beautiful', 'delightful' TWENTY MILLION times on this blog - I'm not sure I've ever said anything was a masterpiece. I'm going to say right now this book is one of the most lovely children's books I've ever come across.
The story is basically a show and tell of a day in the life of Mary Poppins and the kids. They go to the park, they see the sights of London, they go for a bike ride, they get caught in the rain.....

(forgive my fingers up above - I had to press the page down very flat so you could really get the full effect of the light trails of the comets flashing through the night sky. COMETS OVER LONDON. The best, right??!)

And as bedtime nears, Jane and Michael see a constellation of circus animals and attractions up in the sky - a magical illusion spun by their most unusual of nannies. Do you see her up there, sitting on a sliver of the moon? At this point, my jaw was on the floor. A circus in the sky!

I'm going to give you a little spiel, that I've been spinning more and more lately. I put in my time several years ago, blogging almost daily, and showing great books sure, but I was also trying to really just churn out the content. Those days are gone for me. At this point in my blogging game, I only want to show you incredible. There are other book blogs who do fantastic book lists with tons of titles, and they do that kind of thing really well. But I like to photograph things, and if I'm going to go to the effort of photographing, and editing, and putting together a whole post on a book...THAT BOOKS NEEDS TO BE CHOCK FULL OF AWESOME.

This is one to have for your kids, or to have for yourself, just as a work of art. It's that amazing! (But pleeeeeeeeze don't get it and hand it off to your four year old to handle on their own, unless your four year old happens to have fingers like butterfly wings and also happens to be a surgeon. You feel me?) If you're looking for a unique and special gift to give, here it is.




9 comments:

  1. Wow! this is a beautiful book - I need one for my shelf. Isn't Mary Poppins amazing? Part of me wants to be like her and another part wants her to come live in our home.

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    1. Yes yes! Me too!! I think I'm leaning in favor of her coming to organize my house ha ha.....

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  2. I think I held my breath through the whole post - masterpiece is exactly the right word!

    I'll go on record and say that I miss your more frequent posts, because I found so many fantastic books through you (I think you introduced me to "Journey" by Aaron Becker, which I just found out is now part of a trilogy of awesomeness that my kids are in absolute love with), but I understand that things change and grow, and I'll try to be satisfied with less frequent posts filled with gorgeous pictures of wonderful books.

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    1. Aaaaaah thank you friend! I actually want to be blogging more...I have so many things I want to talk about! I've been wanting to have the blog redesigned for years now and I think I'll feel more energized when I have a new space in which to spout off my mouth. I'm so crossing my fingers that I'm actually able to get that done this year!!

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  3. What a beautiful book-just placed my order. I have to second what Dana said-because you've added lots of joy to my life with your posts, but I totally understand how they must take a lot of work.

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    1. Maureen - your kind comment added a lot of joy to my life! The lovely lovely lovely words and new friends I've made via this blog really keeps me going.

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    2. Also yay!!! can't wait for you to see this one!!

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    3. I received it, and it is beyond beautiful!! Thank you so much!

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    4. I'm THRILLED!!! So glad you love it!!

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