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Mary Noel Streatfeild OBE (24 December –11 September ), was an English author, best known for children’s books including the “Shoes” books, which were not a series. Random House, the U.S. publisher of the novel Ballet Shoes (). : Dancing Shoes (The Shoe Books) (): Noel Streatfeild: Books. Three orphan girls. A pair of pink slippers. A lifetime in the spotlight. Read the classic that has captivated generations! Pauline, Petrova, and Posy love their quiet.

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I don’t remember the first time. Nov 06, Pages Middle Grade Buy. Hilary who is a natural dancer loves it, but Rachel has more trouble.

Dancing Shoes

A wonderful story about family relationships and commitment. Rachel’s ambition is to get Hilary into the Royal Ballet School, even if it will mean sacrifice for herself. They definitely stand up to re-reads. Learning to perform is endless fun for Pauline and Posy, who were born to delight audiences, but all three girls recognize that if they progress as performance artists they may soon be in position to aid Sylvia financially, as girls in British theater are allowed to apply for a work permit at age twelve.

The money situation at home fluctuates between decent and miserable, but the girls do everything in their power to grow what meager resources are left at Sylvia’s disposal, and the boarders are happy to lend a hand when they can, supporting the Fossils through their own ways and means.

But as an adult, I don’t know that I could decide.

Ballet Shoes (novel) – Wikipedia

Yet note that I’ve awarded this an unequivocal 5 stars. See all 4 questions about Ballet Shoes….

All the self-sacrificing was My only complaint of the book was the last line in French. Robert Balfour Wardlaw Ramsay 7. While me memory isn’t terrific, I think I can see why the novel charmed me so much and captured my fascination.


Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1) by Noel Streatfeild

With girls to look after and money running scarce, the newly named Fossil sisters, Sylvia and Nanny have to look into alternative strategies for funding. Do you remember in that movie called “You’ve Got Mail” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan where Meg is sitting in Fox Books and is sort of watching everything around her both sadly and contemplatively, because she lost her haven of a bookstore, but she loves seeing others who love books–even if it’s at the corporation that she dislikes?

She’s also generous in giving Rachel and Hilary a home with no expenses spared.

But the way towards their dreams isn’t always easy. Other books in the series. Female Super Heroes Save the World. Like the best children’s fiction, “Ballet Shoes” not only holds up well with age, but becomes a completely different book when you revisit it as an adult. It seems like it’s time for my second childhood! Francis Hastings Doyle Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Jan 15, Sadie Bernier streatfejld it it was amazing. It’s the usual lovely Shoe story, but the only fly in the ointment is major for me. She grows overly proud of her early accomplishments, and the story of how she overcomes her temporarily brattish affect is sweet and affirming.

Ballet Shoes 7 75 Jan 30, They got three of the set absolutely brand new as well as a very old copy of sating shoes, which is falling to pieces and I couldn’t be h I’ve been wanting to get my hands on this book for absolutely ages.

A childhood in professional entertainment is a grand escapade, and every tale of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy’s youth brims with excitement, thoughtfulness, and the magic of love, but their grandest adventures may come after the book is finished. The three dimensional characters, very distinct world building streatfield time, place, and professionand amiable writing style madam remember how much I loved this book in years past and how excited I am to one day share it with my girls.


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There are worrisome moments, yes, plenty, but there’s never quite the feeling of concern that things Will Go Wrong. I love dancing, and Noel Streatfield creates such a realistic setting, I wonder if she was a dancer herself.

Elder sister Ruth Gervis illustrated the book, which was published daning the 28th September, So as I started reading the book I felt a melancholy mass of emotions.

She had promised vancing mother that she would make sure Hilary danced with the Royal Ballet. Their happenstance kinship resulted from the worldwide travels of Great-Uncle Matthew, affectionately shorted to Gum, whose journeys brought many spectacular fossils over the years to the collection he curates in his huge home.

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But it wasn’t streatfei,d to be, not even at the time. Pauline is a beautiful, talented girl who will never be left wanting for admirers, but she needs to realize in her formative years that it’s no good to have a swelled head.

I think the portrayal of “working women” and girls, in this case still has surprising pertinence, and Hilary’s final “I’m gonna get married and have lots of babies” is so great. Rachel, an anxious introvert, shods to follow the mold of the “the one who can’t get on board” commonly seen in Streatfeild’s work, but she’s given extra dimensions and motivation.

So my rating is very much swayed by sentimentality.