- Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Puffin; New Impression edition (31 Mar. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140300414
- ISBN-13: 978-0140300413
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 708,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ballet Shoes: A Story of Three Children on the Stage (Puffin Books) Mass Market Paperback – 31 Aug 2006
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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
The much-loved children's classic, beautifully reissued. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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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