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Mary Poppins In The Park Excerpt

Mary Poppins In The Park Excerpt

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An excerpt from PL Travers' Mary Poppins In The Park
An excerpt from PL Travers' Mary Poppins In The Park

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Copyright
1952 by P.
L. TraversCopyright renewed
1980
by P. L. Travers
All
rights reserved.
No
part
of this publication may be reproducedor transmitted in any form
or
by any means, electronic
or
mechanical,
including 
photocopy,
recording,
or
any information
storage
and retrievalsystem, without permission in writing from
the
publisher.Requests for permission
to
make copies of any
part
of the workshould
be
mailed
to:
Permissions Department, Harcourt Brace
&
Company,
6277
Sea Harbor
Drive,
Orlando, Florida
32887-6777.
First Harcourt Brace Young Classics edition
1997 
FirstOdyssey Classics edition
1997 
Firstpublished
1952
Library
of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataTravers,
P.
L.,
1906-1996.
Mary Poppins in
the
park/P. L. Travers.p.
cm.
Summary: More adventuresof Mary Poppins, Michael,
Jane,
the
twins,and baby Annabel.[1. Fantasy]
I.
Shepard, Mary,
1909- ill.
II.
Title.
ISBN
0-15-201716-X
ISBN
0-15-201721-6 pb
PZ7.T689Maspl5
1997 [Fic] 75-30526
Printed in
the
United
States
of AmericaText
set
in Minister LightDesigned by
Linda
Lockowitz
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EFDB
A C
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D B
(pb)
 
CHAPTER
ONE
Every
Goose
a
Swan
The
summer day was hot and
still.
The
cherry-trees
that bordered the
Lane
could feel their
cherries
ripening—the green slowly
turning
to yellow and the
yellow
blushing red.The
houses
dozed in the dusty
gardens
with
theirshutters over their
eyes.
"Do not disturb us!" they
seemed
to say. "We
rest
in the afternoon."
And
the starlings hid
themselves
in the chimneys
with
their
heads
under their wings.Over the Park lay a cloud of sunlight as thick andas golden as syrup. No
wind
stirred the heavy
leaves.
The flowers stood up, very
still
and shiny, as thoughthey were
made
of metal.
Down
by the
Lake
the
benches
were empty. Thepeople who usually sat there had
gone
home out ofthe
heat.
Neleus, the
little
marble
statue,
looked
down
at the placid water. No goldfish
flirted
a
scarlet

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