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Ballet Shoes School & Library Binding – 1 Oct 1999
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A timeless and magical read -- The Sun, September 10, 2004 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The much-loved children's classic, beautifully reissued. A gift to be treasured. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The children's circumstances are different to everyone reading it (who else would have been found as a baby) but are not so far fetched that children can't imagine it. The children's home life is a bit different to normal as they don't have standard parents but a guardian and lodgers. The girls are each especially good at something - Pauline acting, Petrova cars & Posy dancing. This again relates well to children - who doesn't want to be especially good at something? Having built up the basic story it then follows quite traditional lines which work well with children. A good & happy life though poor, a disaster that the money is running out, the children doing everything they can to help out, nothing can be done & then suddenly they are saved & everything comes right in the end.
It does sound a bit cliched but it is a formula that works for children's (& to some extent some adult) books. In Ballet shoes the girls are a little bit too good to be true though there are some flashes of bad behaviour but they do have their own individual characters. The adults also have quite distinct characters although, again, a little bit too good to be true.
Despite not being interested in ballet as a child this was a firm favourite which I read many times. I went back to read it again a year or so ago having watching the recent TV adaptation which was particularly good. The magic was still there & it was still a wonderful book.
Not only did I LOVE it, but wanted to read it again right away and desperate even more to see it come to life.
I felt that it was really well written and I could get into the story and feel the characters come to life off the page.
The three girls made sisters by chance have such a strong bond and faithfulness to each other and their carers. Doing all they can to get money to help pay for bills etc, they go to a Stage training academy and learn different dances, acting and singing, and then getting parts in productions that pay.
I would definately recommend this to ballet fans, but also anyone who likes a nice heartwarming story. Really good read, that will keep you turning the pages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely loved this book growing up. Can't wait to read it to be my daughter. But be warned the delivery time I have been given on this popular book is utterly ridiculous. Read morePublished 1 month ago by UrbanKiwi
Impressed with the quality of this book. Quick delivery. Brought as a gift for my niece and I can't wait to give it to her!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
this book is a classic and was one of my favoutites. as i grow up and have nothing to read i re read this one a lot. the only blemish is that polly is originally called posy.Published 3 months ago by Mrs L P L Hunter