P. L. Travers (1899-1996) was a drama critic, travel essayist,
reviewer, lecturer, and the creator of Mary Poppins, as well as
several other books for adults and children.
Mary Shepard (1910-2000) was the daughter of Ernest Shepard, illustrator of the Winnie the Pooh books and The Wind in theWillows. Her illustration work on the Mary Poppins books spanned fifty years.
"When Mary Poppins is about, her young charges can never tell where the real world merges into make-believe. Neither can the reader, and that is one of the hallmarks of good fantasy."--The New York Times