That some changes were reuired so the film could be a family friendly one So that parents would not be too bored But to be honest I liked the change I njoyed the relationship and the mild romantic tension between Garnie and Mr Simpson and I really missed that in the book But I do understand that children might really not find that very interesting On the other hand I m really sad the part with the Blue Bird play wasn t in the film as I think it could have been done in a really nice way To conclude I would say that the book is probably as good as the film but it s still leaning towards the statement that the film is a little bit better But it is a purely subjective view because I m very sensitive towards films like thisand come on this one has Blood Runs Green even got Emma Watson in it Thank you Kathleen Kelly for alerting me to thexistence of this book This was really cute and heartwarming And I think it s probably time I watch You ve Got Mail again The story of Pauline Petrova and Posy will be in my heart for life Charting an Empire even though I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettable characters from the 1975 British television version That kind of ruined me for the book all I d do was nosh through my favorite scenes Only when I was in my 20 s did I read it cover to cover when I introduced its pleasures to a girl I was tutoring Pauline Petrova and Posy are three adopted girls being raised in London in the 1930 s Because of the Depression they get training toarn money as performers on stage Pauline Remember the scene in You ve Got Mail where Colleen Kelly Meg Ryan is sitting in the children s section of the newly opened Foxx Books and a customer comes in looking for the Shoes books by Noel Streatfield The clerk has clearly never heard of them but Colleen has and she tells the customer that The Ballet Shoes is definitely the one she should start withThis is that bookIn the twenty first century a particularly cynical reader might accuse the book of containing certain tropes that have become so common as to be considered cliche these days The plucky British orphans the valiantly struggling relation the general bonhomie of the outside world which makes Colored Property everything somehow bearable the happynding Yet note that I ve awarded this an uneuivocal 5 stars That s because sugary it may be and is but darn it there are just some days when you re in the mood for sugar And plucky British orphans And happy ndings And if you happen to be in such a mood on the day you read this book or listen to the audiobook version as I did then you re in for a five star treat Makes you believe the world is jolly good at that old chum Pour me another cup of tea. Of the Carnegie Medal and was awarded an OBE in 1983 Noel Streatfeild lived in London She died in 1986 Also by Noel Streatfield Ballet Shoes; Tennis Shoes; The Circus is Coming; The House in Cornwall; The Children of Primrose Lane; CUrtain Up; Party Frock; The Painted Garden; White Boots; The Fearless Treasure; The Bell Family; Wintle's Wonders; New Town; Apple Bough; A Vicarage Family; The First Book of the Ballet; The Children on the Top Floor; Away from the Vicarage; The Growing Summer; Caldicott Place; Thursday's Child; Beyond the Vicarage; Ballet Shoes for Anna; When the Siren Wailed; Far To.
Reading this just made me happy Ridiculous but true It s really a lovely book with strong sensible characters A wonderful reread of a childhood favouriteJust perfect Professor Mathew Brown or Great Uncle Mathew or Gum lives with his niece Sylvia and her nurse Nana and from time to time takes off on xpeditions from where he brings back fossils adding to a huge collection which has to be thinned down from time to time One day he decides to travel by sea rather than land and from three of these voyages brings back three little babies The Exiles Gallery either orphaned or whose parents are unable to take care of them and these three little girls are Pauline Petrova and Posy who comes with a pair of ballet shoes her mother gave her They take on the surname Fossil for that is what ties them together But while Pauline dreams of being an actress and Posy can be nothing but a dancer she is one Petrova is happiest with cars andngines Gum hasn t returned from his latest Dislocating China expedition for long nor has been heard from and money is tight so Sylvia decides to take in boarders and this leads not only to the children making new friends but alsontering the Children s Academy of Dancing where Pauline and Posy are happy and Petrova simply does all that is reuired of her so that she can begin Childerley earning and support the house as soon as possible that is at age 12 when no other option would be available to them We join them on their journey at the academy as their train to hone their different talents begin their careers on the stage and try to get their names into history booksWhat a charming and lovely story this was I loved all the characters the three girls are all very likeable andven when they have their difficult moments or sulks they Cultural Excursions essentially remain nice girls Nana is sensible yet not too strict Sylvia is also very young and must struggle to keep things going The boarders the Simpsons a couple back home from Malaysia Theo who teaches at the Academy and the two doctors of literature and mathematics respectively are very likeable too and one loves how all of them begin to become a big family thoughach of them lead their own lives The girls time and Cruelty and Laughter experiences at the Academy reminded me very much of the other series from the 1940s that I ve been reading The Blue Door series by Pamela Brown The hard work that goes into training and into the roles themselves the fact that success can go to one s head veryasily and fall from it can be truly hard and of course the joys that little successes and opportunities can bring This was a really gentle and sweet story which I truly njoyed reading The lovely illustrations by Ruth Gervis add a lot to its charm Loved it Ballet Shoes is the much loved classic by Noel Streatfield 'I wonder if other girls had to be one of us which of us they'd choose to be' Pauline longs to be an actress Petrova is happiest playing with cars and ngines And if she could Posy would dance all day But when their benefactor Great Uncle Matthew disappears the Fossil girls share a future of a dazzling life on stage where their dreams and fears will soon come true Noel Streatfeild once said that Ballet Shoes was 'really a fairy story with its feet half way on the ground' a magical description for a magical book Noel was born in Sussex in 18.
Had two career goals as a little girl I would be a ballerinaor a librarian heh Well I started ballet at three and continued through college but alas never made it to the big stage I am a librarian though so go figureI loved these books so much as a child All of her series that I read I should say but specially ballet shoes This is a fascinating vanished world 5 Words Classic Christmas talent family danceThis is one of my FAVOURITE books ver I read it year on year often than once and I never get bored How could IBallet Shoes follows the Fossil sisters and their journey through life as they try to get their name into the history books because of who they areIt s a book that always makes me smile that could cheer me up on the most miserable of days And it has this kick ass thread of girl power throughout a discreet hint of feminism that makes you root for PetrovaAnd this Class and Conformity edition It s gorgeous I think I have about 5 copies of this book and this one is by far the most beautiful And Christmas sy I first came across this author when Noel Streatfeild was mentioned in one of my all time favourite movies You ve Got Mail It prompted me to get at least two books this one and the one I read last year Then I discovered that I had actually already known this story as I had seen a movie adaptation with a young Emma Watson some years ago Now I m correcting therror of not having read the source material yetThe story is that of three young girls a few years apart who have been taken in by Mr Matthew Brown Uncle GUM Pauline is the oldest and was lost at se This is probably the first book ver where I cannot say The book is better straight away First of all it is clear that the book is for children and the film is for the grown ups But the beauty remains in bothPauline Petrova and Posy are sister by accident as they were all adopted by a wealthy and nice uncle Matthew whom they called Gum because Great Uncle Matthew GUM After he brought the youngest Posy home though he disappeared There was nough money in the bank for a couple of years but it was not nough and soon they ran short of it The sisters were all talented Pauline could act and recite and Posy wasn t very far from being a professional ballerina And Petrova was incredibly clever although she was interested in cars and ngines instead of performing arts As the girls grew up they decided to act for money so they could support their poor household They have made a vow regularly because they believed they could achieve great things And because their names were uniue no one could say it was because of their grandfathers But the way towards their dreams isn t always asyIt is fairly obvious. 95 and was one of three sisters Although she was considered the plain one she nded up leading the most glamorous and Deceptive Beauties exciting life After working in munitions factories and canteens for the armed forces when WWI broke out Noel followed her dream of being on stage and went to RADA where she became a professional actress She began writing children's books in 1931 and Ballet Shoes was published in 1936 She uickly became one of the most popular authors of her day When she visited Puffinxhibitions there were ueues right out of the building and all the way down The Mall She was one of the first winners.
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Mary Noel Streatfeild known as Noel Streatfeild was an author best known and loved for her children's books including Ballet Shoes and Circus Shoes She was born on Christmas Eve 1895 the daughter of William Champion Streatfeild and Janet Venn and the second of six children to be born to the couple Sister Ruth was the oldest after Noel came Barbara William 'Bill' Joyce who died of TB p