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Ballet Shoes Ballet Shoes is the much loved classic by Noel Streatfield 'I wonder if other girls had to be one of us which of us they'd choose to be' Pauline longs to be an actress Petrova is happiest playing with cars and engines And if she could Posy would dance all day But when their benefactor Great Uncle Matthew disappears the Fossil girls share a future of a dazzling life on stage where their dreams and fears will soon come true Noel Streatfeild once said that Ballet Shoes was 'really a fairy story with its feet half way on the ground' a magical description for a magical book Noel was born in Sussex in 1895 and was one of three sisters Although she was considered the plain one she ended up leading the most glamorous and exciting life After working in munitions factories and canteens for the armed forces when WWI broke out Noel followed her dream of being on stage and went to RADA where she became a professional actress She began writing children's books in 1931 and Ballet Shoes was published in 1936 She uickly became one of the most popular authors of her day When she visited Puffin exhibitions there were ueues right out of the building and all the way down The Mall She was one of the first winners of the Carnegie Medal and was awarded an OBE in 1983 Noel Streatfeild lived in London She died in 1986 Also by Noel Streatfield Ballet Shoes; Tennis Shoes; The Circus is Coming; The House in Cornwall; The Children of Primrose Lane; CUrtain Up; Party Frock; The Painted Garden; White Boots; The Fearless Treasure; The Bell Family; Wintle's Wonders; New Town; Apple Bough; A Vicarage Family; The First Book of the Ballet; The Children on the Top Floor; Away from the Vicarage; The Growing Summer; Caldicott Place; Thursday's Child; Beyond the Vicarage; Ballet Shoes for Anna; When the Siren Wailed; Far To Go Reading this just made me happy Ridiculous but true It's really a lovely book with strong sensible characters 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 bookIn the twenty first century a particularly cynical reader might accuse the book of containing certain tropes that have become so common as to be considered cliche these days The plucky British orphans; the valiantly struggling relation; the general bonhomie of the outside world which makes everything somehow bearable; the happy ending Yet note that I've awarded this an uneuivocal 5 stars That's because sugary it may be and is but darn it there are just some days when you're in the mood for sugar And plucky British orphans And happy endings 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 Makes you believe the world is jolly good at that old chum Pour me another cup of tea 5 Words Classic Christmas talent family danceThis is one of my FAVOURITE books ever I read it year on year often 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 areIt'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 that makes you root for PetrovaAnd this edition? It's gorgeous I think I have about 5 copies of this book and this one is by far the most beautiful And Christmas sy 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 of the Depression they get training to earn money as performers on stage Pauline turns out to have a flair for acting and Posy turns out to be a ballerina of rare genius Petrova hates the stage and goes along with it only because she has to Her dream is to learn to fly an airplane It's a very different experience to love this book at age 10 read it at age 20ish and think about it at age 40 As a girl I dreamed of being Posy but I identified with Petrova if only because of her Russian background In my 20's I was struck by how selfish Posy was about her art But now in my 40's and as a professional? writer I understand that inspiration IS selfish When you have something to create it just takes over your life But all this reminiscing has given me other thoughts too For one thing I think the ending has a really positive message to girls especially starry eyed ones who dream of the glamor of a stage career There's a difference between being famous and making history

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