>”You’re too pretty but you’ve got the nose for it.”–P. L. Travers on the phone to Julie Andrews still abed after the birth of daughter Emma, prior to the commencement of filming Mary Poppins.

I must say I came away from Home with a lot of respect for Andrews, the Julie Andrews Collection (now moved from Harper to Little, Brown, I see) notwithstanding. The writing is ordinary but the sincerity is winning, and Andrews is scrupulous about sticking to the facts of what she remembers and equally determined to be fair with troublesome family members (her mother, stepfather) and colleagues (Richard Burton). Of particular interest to children’s book people might be her anecdotes revealing a close friendship with T. H. White, who seems to have been a handful.

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Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.


  1. >Please tell us about her friendship with t.h white!

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >Read the book!

  3. Anonymous says:

    >So was it P.L. Travers who’d just given birth to Emma, or was Julie Andrews the recent post-partum? Trying to parse your sentence.

  4. Roger Sutton says:

    >I ain’t taking the fall for this one. ;-) The absence of commas after Travers and Andrews means that only Julie could be the happy new mother.

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