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The Bell Family (Vintage Childrens Classics)

The Bell Family (Vintage Childrens Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Noel Streatfeild
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"Noel Streatfeild has that happy, skillful knack of turning her characters into real people - something which only really good novelists can do. A first-rate book" (BBC Children's Hour)

"Noel Streatfeild's position in the children's book world is unique. She is endlessly inventive, full of verve and real understanding of the surfaces of childhood. Her stories are rich in documentary interest and entertainment, escapism of a most satisfying sort" (Times Literary Supplement)

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A charming tale of life in the Bell Family from the much-loved author of Ballet Shoes

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6974 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099583364
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (6 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,808 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bell Family - classic Streatfeild 20 April 2010
A great book about the fun family of a hard-up vicar living in London. Interesting well-drawn characters, even subsidiary ones, and a familiar plot based around how the family can manage to afford various things they need. I am guessing that Miss Virginia Bell, the imaginative, gawky, devious and truculent sister, is partly based on Noel Streatfeild herself, as other Streatfeild characters such as Rachel or Nicky seem to be. There is a sequel to this book, called New Town. Also a great book, but hard to find.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good addition to a Streatfeild collection 12 Jun 2014
By Sue
It's always nice to acquire and read another Noel Streatfeild, and this is a nice edition with a brief biography and glossary in the back, intended for modern children who don't know much about the 1950s. This particular novel is a little unusual in that it started out as a series of radio plays.

It features the Bell family, who bear several striking resemblances to the author's own family, as portrayed in her autobiography 'The Vicarage Family'. As ever, there are some talented children: Paul who is highly academic and want to be a doctor, Jane who loves ballet, and Angus who sings well enough to have a place at a choir school but really doesn't want to sing. And then there's Ginnie, who is probably the one closest to Noel Streatfeild in character - kind-hearted but impulsive, bright but rebellious.

The book is a series of incidents through the year, showing the family contrasted with their rich and materialistic relatives, covering day-to-day problems and stresses, and seeing the children make some important decisions. It's far from the best of Noel Streatfeild's work, but it's very readable and I'm pleased to have this in my collection at last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite Noel Streatfield 24 Mar 2014
By Maggie
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Still my favourite Noel Streatfield. Brought back memories of Children's Hour and post-war struggles. I more children will enjoy her work.
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3.0 out of 5 stars a charming addition to the streatfeild canon but not as terrific as the shoes books 5 July 2014
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I've been a Noel streatfeild fan for a long as I can remember and have worn out multiple copies of most of the shoes books (I'm on my 5th copy of Ballet Shoes). Her stories of families of children (mostly poor, mostly with 3 siblings and always with at least one performer) have always been wonderful go-to books, charming and timeless.

The Bell Family has all of her usual ingredients and delivers a satisfying Streatfield experience. However, it does not have any of the "repeatability" of the shoes books which, for me, are the gold standard for this writer's work.if this is the first streatfeild book you are reading, you are in for a cozy read...a slice of post-war English life through the eyes of a lovable family you will love meeting. If you have read her other books, you will appreciate this as an interesting addition to your collection but far from the best one.
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