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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Pour me another cup of tea. This seems disloyal to lovely Streatfeild, but while mostly harmless this was really Dec 05, Beth Bonini rated it really liked it Shelves: It was all very well to be ambitious, but ambition should not kill the nice qualities in you.

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I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve read this. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. Took a quick break from my nonfiction to reread an old favorite.

But Uncle Tom is adorable, Stratfeild and Rachel are great sisters, and the coming of age is a bittersweet thing as the girls learn what it means to follow their dreams and not what the other sister thinks they should do.

But this was a library book and I already turned it in when I thought of that. Not only is Mrs Winters a mean person who cares only for her selfish daugher Dulcie, they’re doing the wrong sort of dancing!

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Mar 21, Gwen rated it liked it. Well, this is that book. With Pauline despondent after being chastened about her preening, a shpes teacher relates an anecdote of how she learned humility, and streatffild Pauline a simple truth to keep in mind: You’re a treasure among treasures in children’s literature. She’s 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.


Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – review

But in addition to the unique protagonist, we’re given a very singular antagonist. The story and characters are lively and memorable, and Streatfeild describes the girls’ training and their dreams and goals with warmth, humor, and a realism which makes the book come alive. You’ll come across them when you read the book yourself, lucky reader. What’s the Name o By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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There’s always a responsible sibling who hates dancing herself, but passionately wants her sister to be a ballerina. After he brought the youngest Posy home, though, he disappeared.

And if you happen to be in such a mood on the day you read this book or listen to the audiobook version, as I did, then you’re in for a five-star treat. But as an adult, I don’t know that I could decide. I started this book, one of my all time favorite Streatfeilds, standing in a public library in Bermuda in Novemberand it was years before I found a copy in the US but it was just as good as I had remembered it. Her life is described in three semi-autobiographical novels: View all 10 comments.

Maybe it’s not my favorite, but that’s all right.

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She’s also generous in giving Rachel and Hilary a home with no expenses spared. I must admit that what first got me interested in this book was seeing the movie with Emma Watson as Pauline in And then I found Dancing Shoes. Well I started ballet at three and continued through college, but alas never made it to the big stage.


Maybe someone could let me know. During this time, she wrote four adult novels, five children’s books, nine romances, and innumerable articles and short stories. I knew there would be a typical happy ending as there was with Ballet Shoesbut I didn’t expect Hilary to have desired motherhood over a career eventually–the book ends when the girls are only fourteen since there wasn’t much of an indication of that desire except for her obvious solicitousness over Rachel.

Mary Noel Streatfeild What matters is what they want to do. It’s really a lovely book, with strong, sensible characters.

One of my very favorites. My hometown library only had a copy of Circus Shoes, which I read again and again and would continue to read if I could get a copy. 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. There’s great care taken to show Rachel as she appears to the people who don’t unde I’ve recently been revisiting all the ‘Shoe Books’ and man, did I forget how charming “Dancing Shoes” is.