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Ballet Shoes Ballet Shoes is the much loved classic by Noel Streatfield I wonder if other girls had to be one of us, which of us they d choose to be Pauline longs to be an actress Petrova is happiest playing with cars and engines And if she could Posy would dance all day But when their benefactor Great Uncle Matthew disappears, the Fossil girls share a future of a dazzling life on stage, where their dreams and fears will soon come true Noel Streatfeild once said that Ballet Shoes was really a fairy story with its feet half way on the ground a magical description for a magical book Noel was born in Sussex inand was one of three sisters Although she was considered the plain one she ended up leading the most glamorous and exciting life After working in munitions factories and canteens for the armed forces when WWI broke out, Noel followed her dream of being on stage and went to RADA where she became a professional actress She began writing children s books inand Ballet Shoes was published inShe quickly became one of the most popular authors of her day When she visited Puffin exhibitions, there were queues right out of the building and all the way down The Mall She was one of the first winners of the Carnegie Medal and was awarded an OBE inNoel Streatfeild lived in London She died inAlso by Noel Streatfield Ballet Shoes Tennis Shoes The Circus is Coming The House in Cornwall The Children of Primrose Lane CUrtain Up Party Frock The Painted Garden White Boots The Fearless Treasure The Bell Family Wintle s Wonders New Town Apple Bough A Vicarage Family The First Book of the Ballet The Children on the Top Floor Away from the Vicarage The Growing Summer Caldicott Place Thursday s Child Beyond the Vicarage Ballet Shoes for Anna When the Siren Wailed Far To Go


10 thoughts on “Ballet Shoes

  1. says:

    Remember the scene in You ve Got Mail where Colleen Kelly Meg Ryan is sitting in the children s section of the newly opened Foxx Books, and a customer comes in looking for the Shoes books by Noel Streatfield The clerk has clearly never heard of them, but Colleen has, and she tells the customer that The Ballet Shoes is definitely the one she should start withThis is that book.In the twe


  2. says:

    5 Words Classic, Christmas, talent, family, dance.This is one of my FAVOURITE books ever I read it year on year, oftenthan once, and I never get bored How could I Ballet Shoes follows the Fossil sisters and their journey through life as they try to get their name into the history books because of who they are.It s a book that always makes me smile, that could cheer me up on the most mis


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    The story of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy will be in my heart for life, even though I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettable characters from the 1975 British television version That kind of ruined me for the book all I d do was nosh through my favorite scenes Only when I was in my 20 s did I read it cover to cover when I introduced its pleasures to a girl I wa


  4. says:

    I had two career goals as a little girl I would be a ballerinaor a librarian, heh Well I started ballet at three and continued through college, but alas never made it to the big stage I am a librarian though so go figure.I loved these books so much as a child All of her series that I read I should say, but especially ballet shoes This is a fascinating vanished world.


  5. says:

    Thank you, Kathleen Kelly, for alerting me to the existence of this book This was really cute and heartwarming And I think it s probably time I watch You ve Got Mail again.


  6. says:

    Professor Mathew Brown or Great Uncle Mathew or Gum, lives with his niece Sylvia and her nurse Nana, and from time to time takes off on expeditions from where he brings back fossils, adding to a huge collection which has to be thinned down from time to time One day he decides to travel by sea rather than land, and from three of these voyages brings back three little babies, either orphaned


  7. says:

    This is probably the first book ever where I cannot say The book is better straight away First of all, it is clear that the book is for children and the film is for the grown ups But the beauty remains in both.Pauline, Petrova and Posy are sister by accident as they were all adopted by a wealthy and nice uncle Matthew whom they called Gum, because Great Uncle Matthew G.U.M After he brought t


  8. says:

    A wonderful reread of a childhood favourite.Just perfect


  9. says:

    I first came across this author when Noel Streatfeild was mentioned in one of my all time favourite movies, You ve Got Mail It prompted me to get at least two books this one and the one I read last year Then, I discovered that I had actually already known this story as I had seen a movie adaptation with a young Emma Watson some years ago Now, I m correcting the error of not having read the sou


  10. says:

    Reading this just made me happy Ridiculous, but true It s really a lovely book, with strong, sensible characters.


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