Books: Umbrella Route

MARY POPPINS—P. L. Travers—Reynal & Hitchcock ($1.50).

As rarely as Shelley's Spirit of Delight comes a first-rate children's book. Mary Poppins will not qualify for this category, for Publishers Reynal & Hitchcock announce that it is not a juvenile; it is a story written ostensibly for children but with sentimental implications no child could grasp. Reminiscent of A. A. Milne, Peter Pan, Sruwelpeter, et al., Mary Pop- pins is far above the low average of modern fairy stories, will delight readers who have been badly brought up in the matter of children's classics....

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