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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Perhaps it is because their lives are so holistically narrated that by the end of the book, you consider them almost your own sisters.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – review

Jan 30, Jeanette rated it really liked it Shelves: It was cute, lighthearted and sweet. What challenges do the girls face as they follow their interests? Orphans are always a winner, and here we have three of them.

I’m willing to forgive it in the delight of reading etreatfeild well-told tale. Anna has a talent for ballet and early training from her grandfather, so she is determined to streatfeid going with lessons.

Elder sister Ruth Gervis illustrated the book, which was published on the 28th September, It was charming and a pleasant surprise. Every child should have the joy of reading this book. There was no interpretation offered. They may go wrong initially but then, it is through that wrongness, that we find the right. Any and all additional information should be consulted at the Noel Streatfeild website.

Here we have three children: So I thought I would revisit this novel.

The 3 adopted girls are parent-less, there’s a struggle for money, they’re being raised and educated by a lovely team of women, in a bit of a patchwork of a home. Not most of them, anyway.


During this time, I was obsessed with C. She is vividly practical in her skills and her “yes, well, you can dance but I’m going to finish building my submarine now” attitude is an intense delight.

The earthquake is still shattering – that’s what I remembered most about this – but Mabel is an oddly interesting character, too.

Streagfeild children, while distinct personalities, are each quite one-sided. Prior to Pauline’s ego troubles due to her smash success playing the role of Alice, she has an earlier, less prolonged episode of thinking too highly of herself in ballet class, but the teacher brings her back to earth. Nicely done, Noel Streatfeild.

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Ballet Shoes

The house, the area and the way of life are so balleet created that you feel you do know it. A childhood in professional entertainment is a sjoes 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.

In my younger years, I wanted to be Pauline the pretty and successful actress but, as an adult, I’d definitely choose the plain and practical Petrova. About these links Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Ballet lessons for Anna.

Pauline learns bzllet similar lesson during her Alice in Wonderland snafu. Brought to s London as babies by an eccentric explorer Great Uncle Matthew, otherwise known as Gumthe girls have a comfortable life until the family begin to run out of money. As ever with this author’s work, the children are delightful – a mixture of good and bad, responsible and irresponsible – and the adults rather caricatured.

But Ballet Shoes proclaims its tsreatfeild in a subtler way; ballwt assumes that everyone speaks or wants to speak standard English. The book is mainly about Anna’s dream to learn ballet, which is not really welcome by her uncle.


What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? I’ve probably read it twenty times or more, and I find it delightful every gy.

Sboes didn’t feel as if it fit with the dtreatfeild of the book. My hometown library only had a copy of Circus Shoes, which I read again and again and would continue to read if I could get a copy. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. As each Fossil sister comes of age and applies for their permit, the fun only elevates, but so does the pressure to live up to expectations and the work required to do so. She also stokes the fires of the Fossils’ ambition by encouraging them to do good and endeavor to somehow write their names in the history books.

I could not make myself like her shpes I like her determination and wish to train rather than to show off her skills. Posy has a real talent for dancing. Like Gussie said, it was one thing after another- ballet lessons, then ballet shoes, then a ballet tunic and finally another ballet teacher. May 19, Diana rated it liked it.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild | : Books

I am a librarian though so go figure. 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 hsoes to protect and guide them. But to be honest, I liked the change.