Submissions for #FirstLineFriday are officially closed now. My thanks to all who emailed me with their guesses. Today, I’m sorry to say we have only one winner: Jeanne Owens. Congratulations, Jeanne, and I hope you enjoy your download of Harbinger.
Jeanne’s Author Page can be found HERE
And now, here’s the answer to today’s quiz:
“If you want to find Cherry-Tree Lane all you have to do is ask the Policeman at the cross-roads.” is the opening line of Mary Poppins written by P. L. Travers in 1934.
Mary Poppins, a series of eight children’s books written by Australian-British writer P. L. Travers , was published over the period 1934 to 1988. Mary Shepard was the illustrator throughout the series.
The books center on the magical English nanny Mary Poppins, who is blown by the East wind to Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane, London, and into the Banks’ household to care for their children. Encounters with pavement-painters and shopkeepers, and various adventures ensue, until Mary Poppins abruptly leaves, or “pops out”.
The books were adapted by Walt Disney into a musical film titled Mary Poppins (1964), starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. It received both critical acclaim and a total of 13 Academy Awards nominations, including Best Picture – a record for any film released by Walt Disney Studios – and won five: Best Actress for Andrews, Best Film Editing, Best Original Music Score, Best Visual Effects, and Best Original Song for “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”
In 2013, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Mary Poppins is considered Walt Disney’s crowning live-action achievement, and is the only one of his films which earned a Best Picture nomination during his lifetime.
WHAT AMAZON SAYS:
From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed.
It all starts when Mary Poppins is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!
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And that wraps up #FirstLineFriday for this week. Will be back as soon as time allows with more great and inspiring first lines for your contemplation. Stay tuned!