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 am sure there are many little girls who read this and can identify with either Pauline,Petrova or Nkel they are all very different but equably lovable. Only when I was in my 20’s did I read it cover to cover when I introduced its pleasures to a noeel I was tutoring. Had I been reading more closely, I would have seen how Rachel found her happiness in the end before it happened. We both are obsessed with books, reading and writing them.

So I thought I would revisit this novel. See all 4 questions about Ballet Shoes….

Dancing Shoes (Shoes, #9) by Noel Streatfeild

Noel Streatfeild’s beautiful book bewitched me with its simplicity, charm and humour. Petrova is cut out for labor like this, not the frills and elegance of ballet. I’m very glad that this one and a couple others are available. Smith, a pair of shoees who take over the children’s schooling after Sylvia can no longer afford their school fees, and Miss Theo Dane, a dance teacher who arranges for the children to begin classes at the Children’s Academy of Dancing and Stage Training.


It’s not classic children’s fiction. To dance with the bourgeoisie would be an insult to her blossoming genius. Buy the Audiobook Download: At the moment, I am in a bit of a Every child should have the joy of reading this book. Nov 23, Pages Middle Grade Buy. Quotes from Dancing Shoes. It was still a nice little book that works as a palate cleanser for some of the other crazy books I’ve read. When I xhoes little I liked Rachel a lot better, I’m not sure why.

I remember liking Uncle Tom a lot more when I was younger, but I don’t like him as much now. 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. And it has this kick-ass thread streatgeild girl-power throughout, a discreet hint of feminism that makes you root for Petrova. I would have thought a person who taught literature was too grand for it.


Pauline, Petrova, and Posy aren’t sisters biologically. Shoes 1 – 10 of 11 books. It’s not a vehicle for any overarching message other than the sweet thrill of life in all its ups and downs, the reward of persevering through lean times to enjoy the good.

Pauline,Petrova, and Posy are three orphan girls who were picked up GUM,or rather Great-uncle-Matthew,on his many travels around the world collecting Fossils.

Top 100 Children’s Novels #78: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

I read this book as an adult, but I have to say I find strong similarties among all of Noel Streatfeild’s “dancing” stories. The first time I had heard of this book was in the movie “You’ve Got Mail”. At the time, the plot and general ‘attitude’ of the book was highly original, and destined to provide an outline for countless other ballet books down the years until this day.

However,it is their talent and desires that allow the family to regain a little financial stability. My hometown library only had a copy of Circus Shoes, which I read again and again and would continue to dhoes if I could get a copy.

OK, that obviously has nothing sohes do with the plot of Ballet Shoesbut it is my comment! I found it sweet but unsatisfying. Each girl must find the courage to follow her dream.

The theater can be a difficult place to grow up, moral landmines buried baallet 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 enjoyed the book, mostly because it’s mentioned in the movie You’ve Got Mail. And Dulcie is as putrid as ever. Apr 28, Footwear Boss rated it it was amazing.

And he never goes streatfsild see Dulcie’s performances; instead, he wanders off to paint by himself. As a child, my answer was almost always Petrova, not wanting to seem conceited or over ambitious. Follow FuseEight Tweets by fuseeight. Because streayfeild the Depression, they get training to earn money as performers on stage. When Gum goes away on an extended journey, money becomes tight, and Syliva decides to take in boarders. History Created December 10, 21 revisions Download catalog record: She won the Carnegie gold medal in February for this book.


Although her characters live in a pre-Depression era, the book was written inso hard work, thrift and charity are continuously held up as virtuous traits – though Streatfeild is never didactic, and never preachy. Pauline, Petrova, and Posy are three adopted girls being raised in London in the streatffeild.

Two of the boarders, Doctor Smith and Doctor Jakes, take over the education of the children streateild to the relief of Sylvia, who had been teaching them herself when she could no longer afford to send them to school.

All of her series that I read I should say, but especially ballet shoes.

Ballet Shoes

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.

Inshe began delivering lectures on children’s books. Every child in a Streatfeild book has a vocation, found by hook or by crook, and they are intensely content once finding it. Petrova, forever ostracised in the world of dance, offers hope to any girl who has ever felt unremarkable or talentless.

Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1) by Noel Streatfeild

Few books would please me more to reread as a blank slate, unaware of the nourishing nectar I was about to imbibe. Ballet Shoes and Theater Shoes both divided the reader’s attention among three protagonists. Refresh and try again.

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