Why the Enduring Myth of Mary Poppins Didn’t Need an Update

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Why the Enduring Myth of Mary Poppins Didn’t Need an Update

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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s a child, when I found myself in trouble, I looked skywards. The gods were unreliable. Mary Poppins, I felt wasn’t. She came from the clouds. Her umbrella spoke out of turn. Holding a mirror, a lamp, and a hat stand, her bag seemed to have no bottom. When she sang, I’d listen, but so would the birds on screen. Mary Poppins made my world come alive. I really was so thrilled Disney was bringing her back.  

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