Mary Noel Streatfeild OBE (24 December –11 September ), was an English author, best known for children’s books including the “Shoes” books, which were not a series. Random House, the U.S. publisher of the novel Ballet Shoes (). : Dancing Shoes (The Shoe Books) (): Noel Streatfeild: Books. 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.

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Maybe because not all the characters are in harmony at the end. He has been away so long that he doesn’t realise who the three girls are at first, but after recognising that they are the three babies he left all those years ago, hoel decides he will take Petrova under his wing and help her achieve her dream.

To dance with the bourgeoisie would be an insult to her blossoming genius. I’m so grateful for Ballet Rancingand my heart leaps at the prospect of other novels by the same author. May 11, Sara rated it it was amazing. Good, quick read, with the regular, expected rewards at the end. And I’ve met a few Poppysbut Posy? Whom the Gods Would Destroy. I liked her development, as her snobbery was chipped away at, and she and Hilary reversed roles.

When things took a turn for the worse on the Front in she moved to London and obtained a job making munitions in Woolwich Arsenal. During this time, she wrote four adult novels, five children’s books, nine romances, and innumerable articles and short stories. The book charts the girls from babyhood until they finally fly the nest, detailing with precision the hurdles and successes that mark their incredible lives. She can’t dance, and she’d rather die than wear the ruffly costume.

This entertaining and creative children’s book combines themes of dancing, friendship and growing up, accompanied by interesting characters.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – review

But to be honest, I liked the change. Shhoes a bit lazy, and I found her to be rather selfish, But I think that out of the two, Rachel is the real protagonist, and so I enjoyed the book for most part. But Rachel doesn’t want to be a Little Wonder. Also in The Shoe Books. Absolutely perfect age for this one.


I really enjoyed the verisimilitude of this rather wacky book–the sheos of these 3 orphaned girls being brought up in a house full of an absent madman’s rock niel, having to support themselves on the stage, would be utterly unbelievable without the installation of licenses and bread-and-butter and boredom and the occasional camping trip. On May 10th,her flat was destroyed by a bomb. Petrova is cut out for labor like this, not the frills and elegance of ballet.

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Children and dancint Children’s books: There’s also Theatre Shoes, and Dancing Shoes, and Beth re-read stgeatfeild so I had to. Shoes 1 – 10 of 11 books. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And he never goes to see Dulcie’s performances; instead, he wanders off to paint by himself.

She’s a very determined hard-working woman who knows how to get what she wants and I couldn’t help but admire her drive, especially in the s, to run a successful dancing school. At this moment, Gum arrives. Gum’s teenage great-niece, Sylvia, takes an active role in their upbringing, becoming a sort of mother to the trio.

Leonard’s Ladies’ College in Dulcie is a remarkably realistic mean girl–most authors wimp out on letting us see what a streatfelid girl is really like, for fear dtreatfeild 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, sgoes drama, the vintage historical period, British atmosphere, or anything to do with what ordinary people are really like, read this book.

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. Apr 05, Pages Middle Grade Buy. Tom Hirschfeld and Leila Hirschfeld. Now, reading this as an adult, it is less enjoyable, but that’s okay.

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The story of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy will be in my heart for life, even shoss I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettable characters from the British television version. 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.


When it’s just her streeatfeild Pauline at the house after the eldest Fossil is disciplined for her streahfeild attitude on the Alice in Wonderland set, Nana comforts her with niel food, a soothing bath, and words to salve her wounded heart.

I have long heard about the book Ballet Shoes. Ah, there are so many episodes in this lustrous novel that deserve individual appreciation. Now what could be better than this? Trivia About Dancing Shoes Sh I just couldn’t care about anyone but Petrova, and even she was a little marshmallow-y.

Apr 02, Hannah rated it it was amazing Shelves: As a reread it’s still quite good, although I found myself liking Hilary more than Rachel. Because The story of Pauline, Petrova, and Strewtfeild will be in my heart for life, even though I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettable characters from the British television version.

Want to tell the world about a book you’ve read? For instance, when Gum Great Uncle Matthew brings the orphan Pauline to her 16 year-old niece, Sylvia, who is reluctant in taking her, he says: This was really cute and heartwarming.

The book was published sometime in the ‘s, and while mostly conservative, features two female professors who damcing unmarried and lived together. Thank you, Kathleen Kelly, for alerting me to the existence of atreatfeild book. M or Great Uncle Matthew. 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.

Overall a very cute little book, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.