Ballet Shoes

Ballet Shoes

A Story of Three Children on Stage

Book - 1983
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Pauline, Petrova and Posy are found as orphaned babies in different parts of the world by eccentric fossil collector and explorer Gum. He adopts them, takes them to his London home and leaves them in the care of his niece Sylvia and the family Nurse. Then off he goes to continue his exploring, saying that he'll be back in five years' time. When the three little girls are old enough, they choose the surname Fossil for themselves and vow to make the name famous.

At first they lead privileged and sheltered lives. But when Gum fails to return after five years, Sylvia's money begins to run out. First she is forced to take in some boarders - an engaging and eclectic mix of characters - but then she decides that the girls should go to acting school. This way they will be able to earn some money before they grow up.

Pauline adores the school, as she dreams of becoming an actress. Petrova hates it, all she wants to do is learn about cars and planes and engines. Posy loves it too - she is born to be a dancer and the school is the perfect place for her.

Publisher: London : J.M. Dent, 1983.
ISBN: 9780460068215
Characteristics: 184 pages :,illustrations


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Mar 27, 2017

I absolutely love this book! I have read all of the Noel Streatfeild books I can get my hands on, and Ballet Shoes is one of my top favorites. I love the time period, and the way Streatfeild makes you feel personally connected to each character. If you enjoy this book, you may consider reading Thursday's Child (my personal favorite), also written by Streatfeild.

Chapel_Hill_MollyL Sep 17, 2015

I don't know how I missed this book as a child, but I'm reading it with my 8-year-old and we love it. Very British and wonderful.

Nov 19, 2014

This is my very favorite book. I checked it out 24 weeks in a row when I was in third grade. I re-read it from time to time (I am now 64). It creates wonderful, vivid images of life in London between the war. Also, the female characters are strong and independent, which was not something I encountered in most books I read as a child. I think the character Petrova greatly influenced me to pursue a career in law, which was not traditional for women when I graduated from college (she loves all things mechanical, such as auto repair). This is the best of the "Shoes" series by Noel Streatfield.

Sep 23, 2014

I love this book. It is a classic and everyone should read it!!!

Blue_Cat_1380 Jul 14, 2014

This book portrays a very realistic assessment of what it is like in the film and theater world, and it's great for kids and adults alike! =^.^=

May 31, 2013

Love this book!

Dec 27, 2011

I first read this book as a child and have re-read it several times since as an adult - it never loses it's charm.

Dec 27, 2011

i'm grown up and i liked this book.

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May 09, 2016

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Sep 23, 2014

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