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Description - Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

A beautiful hardback gift edition of the beloved children's book BALLET SHOES, featuring the classic illustrations by Ruth Gervis. Elegantly designed with a cloth-bound cover and ribbon embellishment, this is the perfect present for young dancers and readers, or for any lover of classics.

BALLET SHOES is the story of Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil, three very different girls who were each adopted as an orphaned baby by the eccentric explorer, Gum. After leaving the children in the care of his niece Sylvia in London, he returns to exploring, promising to come back in five years' time.

At first, the girls lead privileged and sheltered lives in the comfort of wealth. But after five years go by and Gum fails to return, Sylvia's money starts to run out. Things begin to look bleak for Sylvia and the Fossil girls until they hit on an inspired idea: Pauline, Petrova and Posy will take to the stage.

But it's not long before the Fossils learn that there's more to being a star than they thought.

Originally published in 1936, Noel Streatfeild's BALLET SHOES is a story of family, friendship and growing up that stands the test of time and is loved by generations.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781842556795
ISBN-10: 1842556797
Format: Hardback
(202mm x 136mm x 26mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild - Reviewed by (15 Jul 2011)

Ballet shoes is a novel about three children. All found by a man who travels the world in search of adventure, one is called Pauline, her parents died, one is called Petrova, her parets also died and the other is little Posy, her mother gave her up, because she loved her ballet more than her own child. When Great Uncle Matthew leaves on a expedition and is gone for a long long time, money starts to run out, and before long things are having ot be sacrificed and then the house is let to boarders. The three sisters are given a chance out of the blue, to train at a stage school where they will learn to dance, tap, sing and act. Posy is thrilled, for she always is dancing anyway, and Pauline finds her calling in acting, but Petrova would much more prefer to be fixing cars then doing any of those silly things that they must do. Will they all find something they love in the school? Or will things all get too much, and will the three give it up? Those are the questions!


Author Biography - Noel Streatfeild

Noel Streatfeild (1895-1986) was born in Amberley, Sussex. Her father was Bishop of Lewes and her great-grandmother was the prison reformer, Elizabeth Fry. She was a mischievous child, often in trouble at home. While growing up, she and her sisters put on plays for parish causes and, after making munitions during World War I, she trained as an actress. Noel Streatfeild started by writing books for adults. Then in 1931 she published her first children's book. Her best-loved novel, BALLET SHOES, was published in 1936. When World War II broke out, she worked in canteens for the armed forces and for those injured by bombs. She wrote over 80 books in her lifetime and lived in London till her death.

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