Mary Noel Streatfeild OBE (24 December –11 September ), was an English author, best known for children’s books including the “Shoes” books, which were not a series. Random House, the U.S. publisher of the novel Ballet Shoes (). : Dancing Shoes (The Shoe Books) (): Noel Streatfeild: Books. Three orphan girls. A pair of pink slippers. A lifetime in the spotlight. Read the classic that has captivated generations! Pauline, Petrova, and Posy love their quiet.

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Retrieved from ” https: We both are obsessed with books, reading and writing them.

I love that Doctor Jakes feels the same way. By using this site, you agree nosl the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I have 4 books in the Shoes series and I read and reread them all the time.

When you have something to create, it just takes over your life. Perfect for Christmas, not convinced by the narrator. I think this is my favorite Shoes book because I identify so strongly with Rachel; plus, the characterization in this one is absolutely fantastic. Posy, the youngest, has a cloud of fluffy red hair; she arrives with a pair of ballet shoes, and is a gifted dancer. In the twenty-first dtreatfeild, a particularly cynical reader might accuse the book of containing certain tropes 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?

Apr 18, Melody rated it it was ok Recommended to Melody by: And this book was written in the 50s. Jul 17, Juny rated it it was ok Shelves: As an adult, I identified even more with Rachel in her desire to make things conform to what she believes as right, and her sense of responsibility, to the point of trying to run Hilary’s life, and the need growing up to sort out my pursuits and identity from those for whom I felt responsible.


Noel Streatfeild

Please try again later. For instance, when Gum Great Uncle Matthew brings the orphan Pauline to her 16 year-old niece, Sylvia, who is reluctant in taking her, he says: Dent and Sons, asks Noel to write a children’s story about the theatre, which led to Noel completing Ballet Shoes in mid It’s interesting how the author grew up in a family of six children but often writes about orphans. For a certain kind of little girl, seeing a character like Rachel as the hero of a story including girls who are more noticeable, more outgoing would be a unique pleasure.

I’m still not sure how it captivated me for so many reads as a kid, but it held up to my rediscovery. Pauline, Petrova and Posy “Her name is Posy.

Janet Mary Venn This was originally written in the ‘s and felt relevant for today’s youth. Quotes from Ballet Shoes. Thank you, Kathleen Kelly, for alerting me to the existence of this book.

The plucky British orphans; the valiantly struggling relation; the general bonhomie of the outside world, which makes everything dancingg bearable; the happy ending The book has the perfect blend of the dxncing meals eaten, lessons taken, sewing dresses, making toffee and taking walks and the magical an explorer uncle who vanishes mysteriously, orphan children rescued from the Titanic and the Russian revolution, the huge cast of parental figures they have to protect and guide them.

I’m glad I gave the book a chance. Self involved, brilliant Posy? And I found the girls’ names just a tad grating.

I found it sweet but unsatisfying. DisneyAmy Mebberson and Joe Caramagna. Ballet Shoes is beautiful, iconic in its way, a story of stage and screen and of destiny. Maybe someone could let me dancinb.

Dancing Shoes By Noel Streatfeild – review

Rational, ambitious, learning from her past mistakes, unaware of her beauty and ready to sacrifice her savings to help paying the bills, the much needed clothes and so on… However, the mystery of this novel is Posy. Do you remember in that movie called “You’ve Got Mail” starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan where Meg is sitting in Fox Books and is sort of watching everything around her both sadly and contemplatively, because she lost her haven of a bookstore, but she loves seeing others who love books–even if it’s at the corporation that she dislikes?


This probably is because it was about as enjoyable to read the parts containing Mrs. View all 4 comments. Emily Josephine Eliza Doyle Pour me another cup of tea.

Noel Streatfeild also wrote 12 romance novels streatreild the pen name “Susan Scarlett”. During this time, she wrote four adult novels, five children’s books, nine romances, and innumerable articles and short stories. Return to Book Page. And plucky British orphans. She tells the perfect “girls stories”.

Ballet Shoes (Shoes, #1) by Noel Streatfeild

I strdatfeild enjoyed the verisimilitude of this rather wacky book–the premise of these 3 orphaned girls being brought up in a house full of an absent madman’s rock collection, having to support themselves on the stage, would be utterly unbelievable without the installation of licenses and bread-and-butter and boredom and the occasional camping trip.

Wherever its members may scatter, they’ll always be connected, and that’s a meaningful comfort as the narrative winds to an end. While me memory isn’t terrific, I think I can see why the novel charmed me so much and captured my fascination. But the beauty remains in both. I streztfeild believe that their mother ever meant to make any stipulations as to the type of dancing Hilary should do; she just wanted Rachel to make sure Hilary worked hard because Hilary was inclined to be lazy.

I’m way older norl the target audience, but I would love to read the rest of the books in this series!