Secret Ingredients – 8

I’m starting a new series on here about the books that influenced me growing up.

These are the books that shaped my brain. Gave me my fears, values, and passions.

The Julie Secret Ingredients!

Mary Poppins


Lots of people think they know the gist of this book, even if they’ve never read it. They’ve probably seen the movie. And while the movie has its own things to love, if you didn’t read the book, you’ve missed something important.

Actually, if you read the book, you missed something important. That’s the whole point.

You, dear reader, are only one block over from all the magic. If you just keep going, you’ll see the miracles. But, you must keep going.

Every chapter was a surprise of wonders and imagination, but never the WHOLE story.

You were left to imagine the origins and endings.

My favorite of these magical glimpses of the “real” world was Maia from the Pleiades. She happens to be in the same drugstore buying Christmas gifts for her sisters. The Banks children help her choose. They worry about her traveling home so far. Mary Poppins gives the child-star her favorite gloves because it’s cold. Traffic stops while she ascends to the sky. The whole thing is like two pages of the book, but I’ll never stop thinking about the untold parts of that story.


Of course, there’s a dark side to this. If you go one block over, take the shortcut through the park or whatever, you are giving permission to the magic. That can feel scary and out-of-control to a lot of us.

Wonder. Imagination. The promise of a larger story beyond the corner of your eye. That’s my mindset and saving grace when things get hard.

Is there a story that left you wanting more?

4 thoughts on “Secret Ingredients – 8

  1. Ok. Well. I didn’t even know it was a book!!
    Shame on me.

    Actually, I kind of like the idea of reading the story without having to slog through all the (literal) song and dance.

    Perhaps something to read with my daughter — she and I read together almost every night. Not just children’s books, mind you, though I suppose one could make a good argument that Harry Potter books are children’s books. :p

    It’s one of those things she will no doubt grow out of before long. Anyway, Marry Poppins, the book. I’ll look into it!

    1. Ha! It’s a whole series, but I’ve only read the first two.

      Awww, yes! I wish I had little ones again only for this reason and this reason only. 🙂

        1. There are eight of them over a fairly long span of time. Publishing was so different not that long ago…

          I’m not sure. There was a lot in the book that wasn’t in the movie, which says something because the books are slim, so I’m guessing they combined elements?

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