About The Book:
From Britain's beloved oldest living nanny comes a charming and uplifting memoir of a real-life Mary Poppins.
her extraordinary memoir, Brenda Ashford shares her endearing and
amusing experiences as a British nanny caring for generations of
children over the past sixty-two years.
Brenda's lifelong love
for children began the minute she laid eyes on her baby brother, David.
As a teenager, she applied to London's Norland College, famous for
producing top-class nannies, and, after a grueling interview, she was
accepted on scholarship. It was a radical change from her idyllic
country life in the village of Surrey. The training was rigorous and
discipline strictly enforced, as Brenda and her classmates scrambled to
pass inspections on everything from morality and neatness to needlework
and pram pushing. Meanwhile, World War II began, and Brenda's heart was
broken twice. She vowed never to fall for a man again and devoted her
life to caring for other people's children, never having any of her own.
memoir offers readers an enticing glimpse into the joys, frustrations,
adventures, and mishaps of children of all ages and situations. She
peppers her story with delightful bits of cultural history and timeless
life lessons. A Spoonful of Sugar is an irresistible Mary Poppins story
that will touch your heart and remind you of what is truly important in
I loved reading this book just simply to look into someone else's life. I loved how it had the schedules of her days along with having her tell her story. I loved how it was kinda like a parenting lesson while reading at least to me. If you like getting a glimpse into someone else's life who also happens to be a British nanny(which is seriously what interested me) then you will want to read this book! I had always dreamed of being a British nanny and since I couldn't I highly enjoyed getting to see into the life of one. I give this book 4 penguins.
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