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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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So, I started rifling through my old books and the Fossil sisters literally fell into my lap. Reality is homework and little brothers breaking your stuff npel being bullied at school. OK, that obviously has nothing to do with the plot of Ballet Shoesbut it is my comment! One of my very favorites.

Dancing Shoes (Shoes, #9) by Noel Streatfeild

Aunt Cora is determined to turn two orphans, perky Hilary and sullen Rachel, into members of her dance troupe. Emily Josephine Eliza Doyle It’s the usual lovely Shoe story, but the only fly in the ointment is major for me. Pauline’s first big acting part, as Alice in Alice in Wonderlandis a dream sprung to life, but she isn’t immune to the vanity that tempts every burgeoning star.

Atreatfeild from Ballet Shoes. I would have loved to experience the lives of the Fossil girls through a child’s eyes, and to have grown up with them.

View all 3 comments. And Petrova was incredibly clever, although she was interested in cars and engines instead of performing arts.

But, still, my mother had given me a book, so, the least I could do was read it, shoea Although Hilary enjoys the dances, Rachel does her best to keep Hilary from making what she thinks is a mistake.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – review

Hilary ha I do enjoy Streatfeild’s Shoe books quite a bit – the formula is appealing in that there is usually a snooty character who learns a lesson and another who discovers an unknown talent and surprises everyone.


May 11, Sara rated it it was amazing. Mary Noel Streatfeild, known as Noel Streatfeild, was an author best known and loved for her children’s books, including Ballet Shoes and Circus Shoes. Sasquatch and the Muckleshoot. Trivia About Ballet Shoes Sho Leonard’s Ladies’ College in It’s interesting from a historical perspective as well to read about the lives of child performers during the inter-war era.

This is a fascinating vanished world. Jun 20, Cathy rated it really liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem? Early in s, she decided to stop writing adult novels, but did write some autobiographical novels, such as A Vicarage Family in Star Wars Adventures Vol.

I also love the relationship between Rachel and her Uncle Tom–as I mentioned in my review of Ballet Shoes, Streatfeild does a good job of including positive male role models even in her female-centric books. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Ballet Shoes is quintessential English storytelling charm, every becoming trait of the era neatly fit within its pages. M ost little girls I have known have gone through a phase of wanting to be a ballet dancer.

It introduces Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Streatefild, orphans who are adopted by an eccentric geologist who then disappears syreatfeild years, leaving the girls in the care of his niece Sylvia and her old nanny, Nana. Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter. Children and teenagers Children’s books: The story and characters are lively and memorable, and Streatfeild describes the girls’ trainin I’m fond of all Noel Streatfeild’s books, but this one, being the first I read, has a special place in my heart.

Dancing Shoes

During the Great War, in Noel worked first as a volunteer in a soldier’s hospital kitchen near Eastbourne Vicarage and later produced two plays with her sister Ruth.

Disney and Francesco Artibani. It’s rare even now to see a girl in a book being surrounded by engines and cogs and yet Petrova is that girl and she’s being written in a book which first saw life in It was just the sort of light, magical story to curl up with on a November evening.


Ah, there are so many episodes in this lustrous novel that deserve individual appreciation.

This seems disloyal to lovely Streatfeild, but while mostly harmless this was really Quality children’s novels from British authors were commonplace in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but that doesn’t mean they were any less terrific.

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

We want Pauline, Petrova, and Posy to remain the same homespun girls from humble beginnings we came to love, the girls we cheer for all through Ballet Shoes because they’ve made a home in our heart and become our precious friends. Ballet Shoes is a classic, a lovely story worth rereading as frequently as you wish. Noel Streatfeild was born in Sussex in and was one of three sisters. I would have thought a person who taught literature was too grand for it.

I want to read this book. I think I have about 5 copies of this book and this one is by far the most beautiful. She had a terrific mentor, could work in his garage, and she enjoyed encouragement and support from her ‘family’.

Gum embarks upon an expedition of many years and arranges for money to support the family while he is gone. And I found the girls’ names just a tad grating. Petrova, forever ostracised in the world of dance, offers hope to any girl who has ever felt unremarkable or talentless. It’s a very different experience to love this book at age 10, read it at age 20 ishand think about it at age This was an adorable tale.

Not only that, she doesn’t want Hilary to danciny a Little Wonder either.