Update Dec 2016: I seem to have picked up another edition(?) of Mary Poppins when writing this post, so I’m going back and rereading the version you can buy on Amazon. I’ll update this page when I’ve finished!
Thinking of throwing a Mary Poppins tea party? Your first stop needs to be the original Mary Poppins book. So we’ve reread and rounded up the foods to make it a little easier for you.
“Is that your medicine?” asked Michael. “No, it’s yours,” said Mary Poppins. “I don’t want it! I won’t!” But suddenly Michael understood that he could not say “no” to her. He closed his eyes and opened his mouth. “Strawberry ice,” he said. “More, more, more!” But Mary Poppins, with her cold eyes, came up to Jane. Her spoon was full of something green and yellow. “Sweet lemon-juice. I love it,” Jane said but when Mary Poppins came to the twins with the bottle, she cried. “Oh no! It’s not good for them. Please!” But Mary Poppins didn’t look at her. She brought the spoon to John’s mouth. He drank it and Jane saw there was milk in the spoon!
Mary Poppins opened the door and they came into a nice large room. There was a fireplace in the corner and in the middle of the room there was a big table with four cups, bread and butter, biscuits, chocolates and a large cherry cake. “Nice to see you,” somebody said. Jane and Michael looked around but saw nobody. “Oh, Uncle Albert – not again! It’s not your birthday, is it?” Mary Poppins said and looked up. Jane and Michael looked up too and saw a round, fat man in the air. Indeed, he was sitting on the air and reading a newspaper. “My dear,” said Mr. Wigg, smiling down at them, “I’m very sorry, but it is my birthday.” he said, looking down at Jane and Michael. “I can see you’re a little surprised,” said Mr. Wigg. And, indeed, their mouths were so wide open! “You see, I’m a happy sort of man. I can smile and laugh at everything,” said Mr. Wigg.
So, they went and went and came to a little table. And there on a green table was Afternoon Tea! There were hundreds of lemon-cakes on it!
“Now we are going to buy some gingerbread,” said Mary Poppins to the children. They were doing shopping that morning. The next moment Mary Poppins turned the corner and suddenly stopped. Jane and Michael saw a strange shop. It was very small and very dark. There was a small dark door between the windows, and through it Mary Poppins, Jane and Michael came in. There wasn’t any lamp inside. The golden light came from paper stars lying all around the shop. They were gingerbread decorations. Mysterious – that’s the right word for that shop.
The other foods mentioned in Mary Poppins
- Hot milk
- milk medicine
- bread and butter
- cheese sandwiches