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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The first known book to be set at a stage school, the first ballet story to be set in London, the first to feature upper middle class society, the first to show the limits of amateurism and possibly the first to show children as self-reliant, able to survive without running to grownups when things went wrong.

Dent books Books about ballet children’s books British children’s books Novels adapted into television programs. Full review to come. 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 feel like Streatfield can’t have ever met any useful, strong-minded fathers. Hilary has talent but no drive and Rachel has no talent at all, or at least not for dancing. Dec 29, Kate rated it really liked it Shelves: Streatfeild’s unconventional families undoubtedly influenced my ideas of what can and should be “family”, and her portrayal of the business of art gave me a more realistic idea of artistry from the outset.

Petrova is not interested in the performing arts and has little talent for it but must keep attending classes and performing to help support the family. There’s great care taken to show Rachel as she appears to the people who don’t understand her Aunt Cora, Dulcie and even greater care to show us how hard she is trying to come out of her shell. I have watched the film countless times and decided it was time to read the book.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – review

But now in my 40’s, and as a professional? If you like dance, kids, people drama, the vintage historical period, British atmosphere, or anything to do with what ordinary people are really like, read this book.


But Rachel doesn’t want to be a Little Wonder. And because their names were unique, no one could say it was because of their grandfathers.

Fair-haired, blue-eyed Pauline, an attractive girl in all respects, shows an affinity for the stage immediately, though her talents tend more toward acting than dance. That, also, brought up the sadness of small family bookstores or other small stores being run out by the big ‘Fox’ type stores. She had promised her mother that she would make sure Hilary danced with the Royal Ballet. Mrs Winters was a good villain, and had an interesting backstory.

Aunt Cora is determined to turn two orphans, perky Hilary and sullen Rachel, into members of her dance troupe. Perfect for Christmas, not convinced by the narrator. Fortunately, Nana isn’t left alone to tend the three foundlings. He is an adventerous soul, rather edibly Eccentrically English in his ways, and manages to bring the first of the girls home because “he had meant to bring Sylvia back a present.

I really liked the story and enjoyed reading them. According to CCSU there were about commended runners up for and the 49 years from toincluding Streatfeild and Howard Spring for Storm, Pursey and even R This is my favorite of the shoe books and has withstood multiple re-readings as an adult.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild – review | Children’s books | The Guardian

Ah, there are so many episodes in this lustrous novel that deserve individual appreciation. The book concerns three adopted sisters, Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil.

Her countenance may be austere, but there’s nothing she won’t do for Pauline, Petrova, or Posy. She won the third annual Carnegie Medal for Circus Shoes.

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. Then Petrova, who has straight dark hair and narrow eyes, and is good at all sorts of mechanical things. Streatfeild definitely comes down on the side of those who believe that a little hardship is good for children, and that working for a living at the age of 12 streafeild no bad thing.


There’s a difference between being famous and making history. 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. 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. I liked that a backstory was given for Mrs.

I think I have about 5 copies of this book and this one is by far the most beautiful. From Dzncing to Decembershe suffered a series of small strokes and moved into a nursing home. I love that Doctor Jakes feels the same way.

Return to Book Page. Otherwise, this was an enjoyable little story. Other books in the series. Celebrating the Carnegie and Greenaway Winners.

For other uses, see Ballet shoes disambiguation. Redheaded Posy, an amusing mix of impishness and delicate dignity, is a prodigy from toddlerhood, dancing en pointe before her older sisters can manage the awkward position, a budding prima ballerina who receives one-on-one instruction from the academy’s Madame, a privilege given no other girl.

She is vividly practical in her skills and her “yes, well, you can dance but I’m going to finish building my submarine now” attitude is an intense delight. Rachel is devoted to her sister’s dancing, and the fact that their mother had high hopes for Hilary.

Dancing Shoes (Shoes, #9) by Noel Streatfeild

You’ll not only learn something, but also feel a welcome part of a refreshingly hodgepodge unrelated family that’s the envy of all. In Juneshe was elected to membership of PEN. Ballet Shoes is a classic, a lovely story worth rereading as frequently as you wish. With girls to look after and money running scarce, the newly named Fossil sisters, Sylvia and Nanny have to look into dancong strategies for funding.

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