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Noel Streatfeild started by writing books for adults. A children’s classic that remains an enjoyable read almost eighty years after first publication.

Ballet Shoes for Anna by Noel Streatfeild.

Katie made me pull this off my shelf again for the first time in a decade, I think. I love this book!

Teen, 13 years old Written by Punky June 26, Even in Australia says: Pauline finds she has a talent and passion for acting while Petrova hates acting and dancing. Other books in this series. Written as a tragedy, the children’s lives become more and more miserable, though they manage to find happiness in the fact that they at least have each other, until at last the worst may happen then ta dah Having lived a gypsy-type life with their Polish mother and British father, who ran away from his stiff upper-lip family to pursue a career as a painter, three children are devastated when all their living European relatives are killed in an earthquake in Turkey.

I found myself wanting to see more of Aunt Mabel’s character, perhaps she would make a positive change and become a stronger Having previously read and enjoyed White Boots, I was looking forward to reading more of Noel Streatfeild’s work.

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A simple yet sweet tale of three children who, after an earthquake which destroys their home and family, are left clinging to the only things they know: Brought to s London as babies by an eccentric explorer Great Uncle Matthew, otherwise known as Gumthe girls have a comfortable life until the family begin to run out of money. Personalize Common Sense for your family.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. In my younger years, I wanted to be Pauline the pretty shoss successful actress but, as an adult, I’d definitely choose the plain and practical Petrova.

Apparently it was easy to write. I can’t believe it would be that good! See all books by Noel Streatfeild. By the novel’s end, Nel, Posy, and Petrova are ready for their chosen careers. But, when there’s no money, Cecil just sends the kids locally. Talk to your kids about Follow her on Twitter: Sep 24, Clayster The rated it it was ok. Jan 24, Unreliable Booknerd rated it it was ok Shelves: I was disappointed with this book. Having previously read and enjoyed White Boots, I was looking forward to reading more of Noel Streatfeild’s work.

In Juneshe was elected to membership of PEN. The house, the area and the way of life are so vividly created that you feel you do know it. Two, including a dance instructor, offer to educate the children for free; she arranges for free tuition to a performing-arts school.

Ballet Shoes for Anna by Noel Streatfeild

During the Great War, in Noel worked first as a volunteer in a soldier’s hospital kitchen near Eastbourne Vicarage and later produced two plays with her sister Ruth. Mary Noel Streatfeild, known as Noel Streatfeild, sstreatfeild an author best known and loved for her children’s books, including Ballet Shoes and Niel Shoes.

Frankly speaking, I don’t like Anna’s character because as if she never appreciate teacher’s quality. Ballet ShoesNoel Streatfeild. May 22, Katie rated it liked it Shelves: Pauline shines in drama class, and Petrova squeaks by while privately pursuing her passion for fixing automobiles. I owned one with the third cover depicted above. The parents’ guide to what’s in this book.


The book revolves around three siblingsthe youngest being Anna. Simpson another of the boarders in his garage. Also in The Shoe Books. Despite this, the story retains its appeal because of the strong and well-drawn characters.

Ballet Shoes

Please try again later. Petrova can neither dance nor act. The core household consists of Sylvia, Nana her old nurse, Cook and Clara the housemaid. Oh, the poor, poor orphans!

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Review quote “This book is a perfect, inspiring pick-me-up, especially to anyone with a dream. Ballet lessons for Anna. There are also a couple of places were a little editing may have made it more accessible to twenty-first century readers.

Children and teenagers Children’s books: This new editions is, unfortunately, not illustrated. I read Ballet Shoes a while ago and I liked it, so I had high hopes for this book, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to my expectations. Between andher plays, The Bell Family radio serials played on the Children’s Hour and were frequently voted top play of the year. Early in s, she decided to stop writing gy novels, but did write some autobiographical novels, such as A Vicarage Family in