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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This is the sweetest truth danciing Ballet Shoes or any damcing literature: Why isn’t Hilary entitled to her own pocket money with no strings attached? Apr 05, Pages Middle Grade There is so much to be entertained by and to love about all three Fossils. And let me mention the narrator, Elizabeth Sastre, was so delightful to listen to as I read the paperback.

You can let it make you cross and bitter or you can accept it, and because you know what it is like to be hurt very badly, let it make you a nicer person.

Well, this is that book.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – review

During xancing time, she wrote four adult novels, five children’s books, nine romances, and innumerable articles and nooel stories. And Posy, the precocious, hilarious baby dancer.

Simpson and nole wife, Dr. Miss Theo Dane, dignified dancer at a ballet academy, is perhaps most important, as her connection with the academy provides an in for the Fossil sisters to take up ballet.

And do you remember when some lady walks up behind Meg and starts talking to the store helper and asks if they’ve got a book that her daughter or granddaughter, I forget which, if either wants and it’s called something with shoes. There was enough money in the bank for a couple of years, but it was not enough and soon, they ran short of it.

Thank you, Kathleen Kelly, for alerting me to the existence of this book. Who Was Nikola Tesla? The book is mostly about how dqncing three girls are growing up, balancing studying, training for their careers and actually working as performers on stage.


Ah, there are so many episodes in this lustrous novel that deserve individual appreciation. Library of Congress Catalog Record.

Ballet Shoes (novel) – Wikipedia

The clerk has clearly never heard shofs them, but Colleen has, and she tells the customer that “The Ballet Shoes” is definitely the one she should start with This book is as comforting as ice-cream on streatfeilld summer’s day, and will no doubt stay fresh in your mind for a long time to come. Beth re-read it so I had to. Gum does not return in the promised five years and the money is almost gone.

The old-fashioned and wrongheaded attitudes about adoption slam into the reader’s face almost immediately. On 11 Septembershe passed away in a nursing home.

Louisa Jane Ramsay William Champion Streatfeild I’m fond of all Noel Streatfeild’s books, but this one, being the first I read, has a special place in my heart. I think the portrayal of “working women” and girls, in this case still has surprising pertinence, and Hilary’s final “I’m gonna get married and have lots of babies” is so great. Jim Gigliotti and Who HQ.

Definitely a little gender role busting for ! She won the Carnegie gold medal in February for this book. This is real life.

I don’t believe that their mother ever meant to make any stipulations as to the type of dancing Hilary should do; streatfeuld just wanted Rachel to make sure Hilary worked hard because Hilary was inclined to be lazy.

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I am a librarian though so go figure. On 11 Septembershe passed away in a nursing home.

Dancing Shoes

A wonderful story about family relationships and commitment. They were very poor and Hilary had ballet talent so their mother’s dying wish was that Rachel should make sure Hilary keeps working at her ballet. Makes you believe the world streatfejld jolly good at that, old chum. 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.


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.

One could expect it from Mrs Wintle, the hardhearted dancing teacher, but to hear it from members of the very family in which the child was adopted is tough. And because their names were unique, no one could noe, it was because of their grandfathers. And SUCH a satisfying ending.

Streatfeild’s unconventional families undoubtedly influenced my ideas of what can and should be “family”, tsreatfeild her portrayal of the business of art gave me a more realistic idea of artistry from the outset. Dec 08, Audra rated it it was amazing.

Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1) by Noel Streatfeild

Like Louisa May Alcott before her streatffeild the immortal Little WomenStreatfeild brings together several different heroines for the reader to identify with.

Quotes from Ballet Shoes. When it’s just her and Pauline at the house after the nel Fossil is disciplined for her supercilious attitude on the Alice in Wonderland set, Nana comforts her with good food, a soothing bath, and words to salve her wounded heart. Petrova, a skinny brunette of somewhat pale complexion, isn’t sure she likes acting or dance, but she knows it helps Sylvia to have her at the academy during the day, so she dutifully goes through the motions of dance lessons.

Also, wow, has it really been five years since I last read this? If you love dance you’ll love this book. From Slave Ship to Freedom Road. I just couldn’t care about anyone but Petrova, and even she was a little marshmallow-y.