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. Three orphan girls. A pair of pink slippers. A lifetime in the spotlight. Read the classic that has captivated generations! Pauline, Petrova, and. If Citizen Kane is the staple film of our time, then Ballet Shoes has to be fundamental book of girls’ literature. I have read it countless times, and.

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Nov 23, Minutes Middle Grade Buy. The characters are winsome and very real, none equipped with super-traits to shield Noel Streatfeild was one of the twentieth century’s most beloved British children’s authors, and it’s not hard to see why.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. After reading the book I picked up a copy of the DVD at the library. What challenges do the girls face as they follow their interests?

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They launch themselves into the world of show balket, complete An alternate cover edition for this ISBN from can be found here Pauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children’s Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. Personal tools Log in. For strestfeild there is one thing this book is, it is hopeful. The book has the perfect blend of the ordinary meals eaten, lessons taken, sewing dresses, making toffee and taking walks and the magical an explorer uncle who vanishes mysteriously, orphan children rescued from the Titanic and the Russian revolution, the huge cast of parental figures they have to protect and guide them.

The first edition sold out; new editions followed as fast as Dents could manage. Buy the Audiobook Download: Based on 5 reviews. In 28 Septemberwhen Ballet Shoes balldt published, it became an immediate best seller. Gum’s teenage great-niece, Sylvia, takes an active role in their upbringing, becoming a sort of mother to the trio.


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The theater can be a difficult place to grow up, moral landmines buried everywhere waiting to detonate under innocent footsteps, and Pauline isn’t the only Fossil who needs to be careful not to let narcissism hijack her moral character.

I don’t remember the first time.

This first volume of the Shoes streatfeidl is a timeless work that kids of any age and generation will do well to keep close to their hearts and learn from, for its value is practically limitless.

Pauline is destined for the movies. Simpson another of the boarders in his garage.

Inshe began delivering lectures on children’s books. Elegantly designed with a cloth-bound cover and ribbon embellishment, this is the perfect present for young dancers and readers, or for any lover of classics. OK, that obviously has nothing to do with the plot of Ballet Shoesbut it is my comment! Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox.

Sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with that. In that household her lack of performing ability presented something of a problem—for how else could the girls earn money? It is only when lodgers are taken in that the stretafeild young girls lives begin to change and they become acquainted with Shakespeare, the theater and dancing.

View all 11 comments. But one of the most interesting characters stteatfeild the book is Petrova. Things begin to look bleak for Sylvia and the Fossil girls until they hit on an inspired idea: How do they deal with them?

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Retrieved from ” https: The book has a significantly slower pace and a much more traditional style of stteatfeild than modern readers will be used to. After working in munitions factories and canteens for the… More about Noel Streatfeild. It’s not classic children’s fiction. Also in The Shoe Books. I’m fond of all Noel Streatfeild’s books, but this one, being the first I read, has a special place in my heart. The household economics are made painstakingly clear with figures and calculations which emphasise the precarious nature of this life.


And if you happen to be in such a mood on the day you read this book or listen to the audiobook version, as I did, then you’re in for a five-star treat. Pauline finds she has a talent and passion for acting while Petrova hates acting and dancing.

It was just the sort of light, magical story to curl up with on a November evening. Yes, we might not all have a GUM to save us at the end of the day from financial woes, yet the ingenuity and sheer grit of Nannie and Garnie streatefild it comes to money-making make them, in my opinion, two of the most powerful and admirable women in literature. There is perhaps, in the inevitable return of Great-Uncle Matthew coinciding as it does with the the changing fortunes of Posy and Paulinea little too much of the deus ex machina, but that’s what we expect from a children’s book isn’t it?

That kind of ruined me for the book; all I’d do was nosh through my favorite scenes. The story and characters are lively and memorable, and Streatfeild describes the girls’ training and their dreams and goals with warmth, humor, and a realism which makes the book come alive.

She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she’d love whoes tell you about but that she’s sure you’d find more interesting to hear of in person. Noel Streatfeild was one of the twentieth century’s most beloved British children’s authors, and it’s not hard to see why.