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Ballet Shoes School & Library Binding – 1 Oct 1999

4.7 out of 5 stars 162 customer reviews

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  • School & Library Binding: 233 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books; Bound for Schools & Libraries ed. edition (Oct. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0808542508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0808542506
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,709,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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.

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It was AMAZING!!!😀😀😀😀 I can't wait to read Tennis shoes because Ballet shoes was so good.I loved it so much!!
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Good book. Thanks. Very good present indeed.
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By Chris on 15 May 2017
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A very good read.
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By Bookaholic TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jan. 2016
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Ballet Shoes has to be one of the most well known children's books. It has, in my opinion, everything required for a good children's book.
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.
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This is not usually the sort of book I would go for, as it is about Ballet, the cover is pink, it's quite old and is not fantasy, but with the release of the TV movie I thought I would give it a go. I managed to finish it before seeing the film and so had no preconceptions.
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.
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