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. #78 Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild () 25 points. This is another book that is practically perfect in every way. I love the detailed back story.

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I think what made this book so attractive to me was the girls themselves.

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Any and all additional information should be consulted at the Noel Streatfeild website. A wonderful story about family relationships and commitment. Other books in the series. View all 9 comments. They are a nice easy read.

But, still, my mother had given me a book, so, the least I could do was read it, right? May 21, at 6: I loved these books so much as a child. At the moment, I am in a bit of a In this story, three orphan girls vow to make a name for themselves and find their own special talents.

But now noe, my 40’s, and as a professional? My copy has lost its cover, is in the process of losing its back and at some point a mysterious brown liquid invaded pages Zhoes could still favor Dulcie ballst not want anyone to steal her spotlight without being cruel, especially to Rachel. Self involved, brilliant Posy? It never matters whom you watch, you can always learn.

Her characters have a wonderful learning curve, too.

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She’s just not that into it, never has been. Cook prepares meals and Clara helps with housework, but Nana and Sylvia will be the primary caregivers until Gum shows up to account for his collection of international nel. BUT–if you are looking for “realistic” children’s literature, don’t read any more of the Shoe books.


Had I been reading more closely, I would have seen how Rachel found her happiness in the end before it happened. Apr 01, Kristen Boers rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Ballet ShoesNoel Streatfeild. I love dancing, and Noel Streatfield creates such a realistic setting, I wonder if she was a dancer herself. Open Preview See a Problem? Pauline soon shows talent as an actress, while Posy is clearly a gifted ballerina.

Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. The grownups surrounding them are as varied as the girls, with their own tempers, talents, aspirations, and ways of influencing the story, and Noel Streatfeild utilizes them in constructing a richly satisfying junior novel.

Miss Theo Dane, dignified dancer at a ballet academy, is perhaps most important, as her connection with the academy provides an in for the Fossil sisters to take up ballet. I don’t believe that their mother ever meant to make any stipulations as to the type hsoes dancing Hilary should do; she just wanted Rachel to make sure Hilary worked hard because Hilary was inclined to be lazy. This probably is because it was about as enjoyable to read the parts containing Mrs.

Nosl Shoes 7 75 Jan 30, It dates me, too, I suppose, that Shoex find it streatfrild easier to read than most contemporary children’s fiction. Doctor Jakes calls it the most important lesson for an actress, “that today’s success is easily nobody at all tomorrow. Much of the drama comes from the friction between the sisters and from balancing their desire to help support the family financially against the laws limiting the amount of time they may spend on stage.

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But Hilary herself thinks it many times although she doesn’t seem to let it bother her. But I do understand that children might baklet not find that very interesting. He arranges to have the house and its inhabitants cared for over the next five years, then sets sail in search of more fortune and fame, leaving a house of ladies anxiously awaiting his homecoming.


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Each of the girls is discovered as a baby by Matthew Brown Great-Uncle-Matthew, known as “Gum”an elderly, absentminded palaeontologist and professor, during his world travels, and sent home to his great-niece, Sylvia and her childhood nanny, Nana. A very good antagonist. This book was a really fun read! Classic, Christmas, talent, family, dance.

Always, always, always, always. It’s interesting from a historical perspective as well to read about the lives of child performers during the inter-war era.

Every main player in the story is wonderfully round and at least somewhat sympathetic–yes, even Cora and Dulcie. I probably would of loved it as a girl.

As Pauline, Petrova, and Posy grow, household finances are placed under considerable strain, for Gum had only a vague idea how much money raising children requires, and the trust fund he arranged is rapidly coming to an end.

The first known book to be set at a stage school, the first ballet story to be set in London, the first to feature upper middle class society, the first to show the limits of amateurism and possibly the first to show children as self-reliant, able to survive without running to grownups when things went wrong.

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