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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London during the s. I enjoyed streatfejld as an adult but I think because of the movie I had expectations that were a little too high for it. Paperbackpages. This is a fascinating vanished world. There’s a difference between being famous and making history.

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

She tells the perfect “girls stories”. There was a filmed version of this movie in the mids, but finding any scenes from it online proves difficult.

Ballet Shoes Shoes 1 by Noel Streatfeild. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Folks who wish to know more about the characters can read about them in other Streatfeild tales.

Pauline finds she has a talent and passion for strratfeild while Petrova hates acting and dancing. As an adult, I identified even more with Rachel in her desire to make things conform to what she believes as right, and her sense of responsibility, to the point of trying to run Hilary’s life, and the need growing up to sort out my pursuits and identity from those for whom I felt responsible. My friends Bill and Elaine have a four year old who I sometimes watch for them, and I was trying to think up creative alternatives to watching “Ratatouille” for the 17th time.

And this book was written in the 50s. The old-fashioned and wrongheaded attitudes about adoption slam into the reader’s face almost immediately. This was really cute and heartwarming. We’re featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Recently, I had just finished reading Little By Little in which streeatfeild author mentions having read the book and how it influenced her.


Then in she published her first children’s book.

I would buy every single Streatfeild Book that came into print. Every child should have the joy of reading this book. Gum does not return in the promised five baklet and the money is almost gone.

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Want to Read saving…. I read the first few pages, laughed more than I remembered laughing as a child when GUM says to his 16 year old neice Sylvia “I thought all women liked babies?

Hers is a moral fable that all girls could do with remembering. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name.

I am a librarian though so go figure. She was born on Christmas Eve,the daughter of William Champion Streatfeild and Janet Venn and the second of six children to be born to the couple. 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.

Children’s literature portal Arts portal. I love that Doctor Jakes feels the same way. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of You know, Great Uncle Matthew is kind of an asshole. Petrova wonders what will become of her, as she is still too young to live on her own and doesn’t want to dance or act. Streatfeild’s unconventional families undoubtedly influenced my ideas of what can and should be “family”, and her portrayal of the business of art gave me a more realistic idea of artistry from the outset.

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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. In Juneshe was elected to membership of PEN. This seems disloyal to lovely Streatfeild, but while mostly harmless this was really Taking on boarders at Gum’s roomy boel alleviates the discomfort considerably, and brings some of the more fascinating characters of the book into orbit around Pauline, Petrova, and Posy’s life.


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. The history of that movie for me, is that my husband and I consider this ‘our’ movie.

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Rational, ambitious, learning from her past mistakes, unaware of her beauty and ready to sacrifice her savings to help paying the bills, the much needed clothes and so on… However, the mystery of this novel is Posy. 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.

Oh, to go back and have the privilege of my first read of Ballet Shoes a second time. Dulcie is a remarkably realistic mean girl–most authors wimp out on letting us see what a mean girl is really like, for fear of offending the mean girls who might happen to be reading ; — and the Cinderella element of Rachel’s plot is so well handled it do If you like dance, kids, people drama, the vintage historical period, British atmosphere, or anything to do with what ordinary people are really like, read this book.

Noel Streatfeild lived in London.

Also by Noel Streatfeild.