Mary Poppins / P.L. Travers : 4 of 5
I really enjoy reading books that inspired movies, especially Disney movies, which are famous for doing quite a bit of story rearranging. Mary Poppins is the first in a series of children's books, but I think the movie was only based on this first set of stories. Lots of episodes are here exactly like in the movie, but there's also many other great chapters and characters (such as the Banks' baby twins, featured in one of my favorite stories about how babies are born knowing how to speak to animals, but forget how as they grow older). It was fun to read a few lines of dialogue straight from the film, and I also enjoyed how mary is always primping in any mirror she can find. I liked the Magic Compass scene, too, which I've read was pulled from the screenplay (even after songs were written for it, which ended up in Bedknobs & Broomsticks!). A very enjoyable book, practically perfect in every way (just like Mary).