Noel Streatfeild Diane Goode
- Title: Ballet Shoes
- Author: Noel Streatfeild Diane Goode
- ISBN: 9780679847595
- Page: 158
- Format: Paperback
Pauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children s Academy of Dancing and Stage Training But when they vow to make a name for themselves, they have no idea it s going to be such hard work They launch themselves into the world of show business, complete with working papers, the glare of the spotlight, and practice, pracPauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children s Academy of Dancing and Stage Training But when they vow to make a name for themselves, they have no idea it s going to be such hard work They launch themselves into the world of show business, complete with working papers, the glare of the spotlight, and practice, practice, practice Pauline is destined for the movies Posy is a born dancer But practical Petrova finds she d rather pilot a plane than perform a pirouette Each girl must find the courage to follow her dream.
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My mother doesn't like to read. She's just not that into it, never has been. I, on the other hand, read every day and have, ever since the age of 6. Imagine my surprise, as a 10 year old, when she gave me a copy of "Ballet Shoes" and told me it was her favorite book as a child. During this time, I was obsessed with C.S. Lewis and reading "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" for what felt like the 40th time. But, still, my mother had given me a book, so, the least I could do was read it, right? I'm w [...]
Remember the scene in "You've Got Mail" where Colleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) is sitting in the children's section of the newly-opened Foxx Books, and a customer comes in looking for the "Shoes" books by Noel Streatfield? The clerk has clearly never heard of them, but Colleen has, and she tells the customer that "The Ballet Shoes" is definitely the one she should start withThis is that book.In the twenty-first century, a particularly cynical reader might accuse the book of containing certain tropes tha [...]
5 Words: Classic, Christmas, talent, family, dance.This is one of my FAVOURITE books ever. I read it year on year, often more than once, and I never get bored. How could I?Ballet Shoes follows the Fossil sisters and their journey through life as they try to get their name into the history books because of who they are.It's a book that always makes me smile, that could cheer me up on the most miserable of days. And it has this kick-ass thread of girl-power throughout, a discreet hint of feminism [...]
The story of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy will be in my heart for life, even though I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettable characters from the 1975 British television version. That kind of ruined me for the book; all I'd do was nosh through my favorite scenes. Only when I was in my 20's did I read it cover to cover when I introduced its pleasures to a girl I was tutoring.Pauline, Petrova, and Posy are three adopted girls being raised in London in the 1930's. Because [...]
I had two career goals as a little girl--I would be a ballerinaor a librarian, heh. Well I started ballet at three and continued through college, but alas never made it to the big stage. I am a librarian though so go figure.I loved these books so much as a child. All of her series that I read I should say, but especially ballet shoes. This is a fascinating vanished world.
Thank you, Kathleen Kelly, for alerting me to the existence of this book. This was really cute and heartwarming. And I think it's probably time I watch You've Got Mail again.
Reading this just made me happy. Ridiculous, but true. It's really a lovely book, with strong, sensible characters.
This is probably the first book ever where I cannot say 'The book is better' straight away. First of all, it is clear that the book is for children and the film is for the grown ups. But the beauty remains in both.Pauline, Petrova and Posy are sister by 'accident' as they were all adopted by a wealthy and nice uncle Matthew (whom they called Gum, because Great Uncle Matthew. G.U.M.). After he brought the youngest Posy home, though, he disappeared. There was enough money in the bank for a couple [...]
Aww man. I always feel like crying when I finish this book.Full review to come.
Every child should have the joy of reading this book. I am so sad that most of her books are out of print and very difficult to find. I'm very glad that this one and a couple others are available. This book is charming and wholesome and funny and full of good lessons for young children. I would buy every single Streatfeild Book that came into print. And I would buy multiple copies so that my children could have their own sets.
One of my two favorite of Streatfield's "Shoes" books. A children's novel from the 1930s about three adopted sisters, poor but talented, who attend a dance and stage school in London. They have a guardian who turns her home into a boarding house to make a living, and most of the other characters live there.
Originally published in both ENG and RO on my blog:vanillamoonblog/2013/02/22I must admit that what first got me interested in this book was seeing the movie with Emma Watson as Pauline in 2007. However, six years have passed until I actually decided: I want to read this book. Another important factor in my decision to read it was also the Pre-1960′s Classic Children’s Books Reading Challenge hosted by Turning the Pages I am participating in this year. But how and why I read this book is not [...]
It's not great fiction. It's not classic children's fiction. But it wasn't meant to be, not even at the time. It's meant to be fantasy wish fulfillment for little girls, who like the three Fossil sisters, dream of being in the history books--and not because of their grandfathers.For any little girl who has dreamed of leaving her family behind and living in a rambling old house full of adults who are not her parents, and enjoy spoiling you just a bit. For any little girl who has dreamed of ditchi [...]
Perfect for Christmas, not convinced by the narrator.
I'm fond of all Noel Streatfeild's books, but this one, being the first I read, has a special place in my heart. It introduces Pauline, Petrova, and Posy Fossil, orphans who are adopted by an eccentric geologist who then disappears for years, leaving the girls in the care of his niece Sylvia and her old nanny, Nana. When the money he left Sylvia runs out, they decide to send the girls to stage school. The story and characters are lively and memorable, and Streatfeild describes the girls' trainin [...]
I'm sorry, Susann, but this will be my only Shoes book.I found it sweet but unsatisfying. I just couldn't care about anyone but Petrova, and even she was a little marshmallow-y. There was never any real doubt about how it would end, or if the latest character would be interested in helping the girls or even if one or another would get any given part. All the self-sacrificing was again, the only word I keep coming up with for this book is sweet. Sweet like white sugar, sweet like cotton candy, sw [...]
Noel Streatfeild was one of the twentieth century's most beloved British children's authors, and it's not hard to see why. Ballet Shoes is quintessential English storytelling charm, every becoming trait of the era neatly fit within its pages. 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. The characters are winsome and very real, none equipped with super-traits to shield [...]
Why did I wait so long to read this? I love this
This book and I, we've known each other for a long long time. It is one of those books that has been in my life for forever, really, I can't quite remember a time without it. Without Noel Streatfeild, without the Fossils and without Cromwell Road and Madame Fidolia. It is something I cannot quite conceive of, the unknowing of these things.Ballet Shoes is beautiful, iconic in its way, a story of stage and screen and of destiny. It is a story about impact, about the value of that impact, and about [...]
Ballet Shoes is one of those books I wish I'd been able to read as a child. I would have loved to experience the lives of the Fossil girls through a child's eyes, and to have grown up with them.Noel Streatfeild's beautiful book bewitched me with its simplicity, charm and humour. I was drawn in by the lives of Pauline, Petrova and Posy, empathising with their struggles as they grew up; laughing and crying with them over their successes and failures. Like the best children's stories, even though i [...]
"You've Got Mail!" That was the first thing I thought about when I picked up this book and CD from the library. The history of that movie for me, is that my husband and I consider this 'our' movie. We met on an online pen-pal forum. So we had watched it a million time, give or take. We both are obsessed with books, reading and writing them. So when I saw the title of the book:by Noel Streatfield, I realized that the 'shoe books' were real, not just a title made up for the movie. That, also, brou [...]
I couldn't even tell you how many times I've read this. I don't remember the first time. My copy has lost its cover, is in the process of losing its back and at some point a mysterious brown liquid invaded pages 1-75. As a person who takes very good care of her books, having one in this condition is a testament of how often it was read. One of my very favorites.
Should probably have read this 35 years ago!I read it because someone mentioned that a character in my current work-in-progress reminded her of a grown-up Petrova Fossil and I was intrigued. Can I just say here that it is INEVITABLE that Petrova grow up and join the Air Transport Auxiliary--she is already buzzing around in planes at the age of thirteen in 1933 and it is clear that when she hits 20 in 1940, and has had her pilot's license for the past 4 years or so, she will have no other desire [...]
So funny that I just turned on the TV to see 'You've Got Mail' playing. Meg Ryan's character has a touching moment about Noel Streatfeild and 'The Shoe Books' in the film -- and I get her in that moment. :)'The Shoe Books' were huge favourites of mine as a child (and, yes - I took ballet, so Ballet Shoes was my favourite). I haven't read this book in years and years (and years). At the moment, I am in a bit of a I don't even know what - reading slump, I guess. So I thought I would revisit this n [...]
I think Noel Streatfeild is on the way to becoming one of my favorite authors. In addition to Ballet Shoes, which I read earlier this year, I am currently reading her adult novel Saplings and thoroughly enjoying it. I spent a good amount of time browsing ebay and used book sellers in an attempt to track down more of her books since the vast majority of this very prolific author's books are out of print. I am only kicking myself for taking so long to start reading Streatfeild's work.Ballet Shoes [...]
This was an adorable tale. I have watched the film countless times and decided it was time to read the book. It was just the sort of light, magical story to curl up with on a November evening. 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. Looked after by Gum's Great Niece, whilst he returns to his travels,the girls live in relative comfort but the money begins to run out. It is only w [...]
The first time I had heard of this book was in the movie "You've Got Mail". When I discovered it was real, I had decided I'd look for it to read. A few years went by and I had forgotten about the book until friends of mine read it and gave it rather good ratings, so I added the book to my wishlist. Recently, I had just finished reading Little By Little in which the author mentions having read the book and how it influenced her. This time, I researched the library's catalog and discovered they ha [...]
Almost certainly my favourite childhood novel. I read it and re-read it over and over again. My dream as a child was to be either a ballet dancer or an actress, so Ballet Shoes was perfect for me (as were other books by Noel Streatfeild, especially the Gemma series) and Lorna Hill's Sadlers Wells series. Well, I became neither a dancer nor an actress, but my love for the performing arts has endured, as has my love for this book.
A wonderful experience!! It was so informative about life in 1930s London as dancing and acting students, yet written with the forthrightness of a child's perspective and a fun sense of humor. I plan to read more by Noel Streatfeild.
Sweet little book, perfect to read to little girls with a passion for dancing and acting, though a bit dated now.
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