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Ballet Shoes: A Story of Three Children on the Stage (Puffin Books) [Paperback]

Noel Streatfeild
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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31 Mar 2004 Puffin Books

Pauline, was rescued from a shipwreck as a baby. She longs to be an actress.

Petrova, is a Russian orphan. She is happiest when playing with cars and engines.

Polly was handed over with just a pair of ballet shoes to her name. If she could, she would dance all day!

But one thing they DO have in common is, that with money running out at home and Great Uncle Matthew missing, the sisters want to stay together. Whatever it takes.

As they prepare for a dazzling life on stage, the dreams and fears of the fossil girls are about to come true…

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Impression edition (31 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140300414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140300413
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A masterpiece (Telegraph )

'Ballet Shoes is one of my all-time favourite children's books - and you don't have to be a ballet fan to enjoy it.' - Dame Jacqueline Wilson

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The much-loved children's classic, beautifully reissued.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ballet shoes 9 Oct 2006
I am 70 years old and read this book when I was six the memory of the enjoyment I had from reading this book has always stayed with me. I have bought it for my own daughters and my nieces when they were young now I want to give the same pleasure to my grand-daughters.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ballet Shoes 1 Feb 2004
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I bought this for my daughter(7 at the time)who is mad on ballet, and it quickly became her favourite book. It is the story of three sisters (who are not really sisters at all, but brought together to live in the same household by chance)and describes all their ups and downs as they train at stage school. My daughter particularly identified with the youngest sister, Posy, an aspiring dancer who is full of character. All three girls are completely believable, and despite the length of time ago it was written, act in many ways just like modern day sisters! The first time round I read it aloud as the vocabulary is a little old-fashioned and complicated for a 7 year old to read unaided. Now 8, my daughter has since read it many, many times over to herself. I didn't read this as a child and I missed out - as an adult I enjoyed reading it as much as my daughter.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary comfort-food 15 Oct 2011
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A lovely, lovely book. Funny, sad, informative - it's got the lot. And a mildly happy ending - one gets the feeling that the end is only the beginning. In fact the Fossil sister make an appearance in a later book of Noel Streatfeild's. I don't know how the training the girls received would stand up to today's stage schools - Pop Idol and X Factor it ain't, but it's a perennial favourite and I won't lend my battered copy to anybody, Now it's on my Kindle so I've got it for good.
I read this book when I was 7, and again at 15, and 25, and 30 - and now that I'm 54 (+VAT) I'm reading it again. It's the kind of book you want to curl up with on a wet afternoon, or after a lousy day at work when everything has gone wrong. Pure escapism, and great fun.
If you enjoyed it, try White Boots and Wintle's Wonders. Every bit as good.
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69 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless - Excellent 8 July 2004
I am never going to be able to do this book justice, but having seen that it has no reviews, I feel that it just has to be represented by someone! I am twenty three, and an avid reader, and of all the books in my life, this is still one of my favorites, and I know that it always will be. It is described as a 'childrens classic', but it could be read by anyone of any age (my mum has just reread her copy AGAIN!) and it will be recognized as a beautiful and engaging book and thoroughly enjoyed. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and everyone should read it, whether you are an eight year old girl that is obbssesed with ballet, or a forty year old that appreciates wonderful literature
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is for everyone! 8 April 2002
By A Customer
This book is simply written so that you can really see its honest goodness. It will make you burst out laughing at Posy's imitations and ponder what the girls can do to earn money along with them. I really enjoy this book every time I read it (and I have read it five times). I consider it the best in the series of "Shoe Books" because I can identify with Posy and I have really found a friend in her. This family of adopted sisters is a family that will agree with any person who reads it and in its cast of colorful characters the reader is bound to identify with one of them. I hope that other teenagers like myself will pick up and read this book just for fun because it is easy to read and always makes me feel better when I am down.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet but shrewd story 8 May 2005
It's not surprising this is such a classic story. I first read it when I was around nine, and was captivated by all three protagonists. Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil are all adopted as babies by Great Uncle Matthew (known as Gum) and sent to live at his house in London, along with his massive collection of fossils. They are looked after by the thoughtful Sylvia and the practical Nana.

The story really begins when the money Gum has sent for the girls' upbringing runs out. Sylvia and Nana don't know how to contact him; they have no idea where he is; there is even some suspicion he may be dead. Then one of the people who boards with them comes up with an idea for the three girls to attend a school of Dance and Acting so that they can earn some money through stage productions. In different ways, their training at the school is the making of all three girls.

Streatfield is careful to make the girls' characters as distinctive as their looks: tall, blonde and beautiful Pauline is interested in English and Drama; Petrova, who is thin and dark, is of a practical frame of mind, good at Maths and Mechanics; while Posy, to whom the shoes of the title belong, has a talent for showing off. The book is truthful about the way sisters interact, their squabbles, the way two band together against one (often it is Pauline and Petrova against Posy, as they try to stop her showing off), how fame can affect young children. There is often a great deal of scrimping and saving, but the girls never let this depress them. As the book draws to a close, Pauline's and Posy's futures become clear, but Petrova's remains uncertain. You wonder what will happen to her; you wonder if Gum will ever appear again.

A great book for all little girls, not just those interested in ballet.
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Was one of my favourites and have passed it on to my grandchildren. They didn't think it too old fashioned.
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I wanted this book as I have fond memories of reading it, the book arrived but was not in the best condition, so having done some TLC on the book itself, I would be happy in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by rueyclem
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
I haven't read this version yet but it's an old favourite of mine so am looking forward to reading it again when I finish my current book.
Published 3 months ago by Gill Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Bedtime story
I only started reading this to my sons (6&3) before bed the other night and they enjoyed it and kept asking questions as I read. Looking forward to chapter 2 later!
Published 3 months ago by Sam
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This is a beautiful edition of an old classic. Very pretty and nicely put together book. Makes a lovely gift for a young girl - something she can keep forever.
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