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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From Shoees, the free encyclopedia. I think fondly of how often I read these books, and how happy I am they existed for me to escape into as a child. What I didn’t know streeatfeild that one of my childhood favourites – The Painted Garden, was also by this author!

As they have no way to contact or track him down, Sylvia and Nana take in boarders to make ends meet, including Mr.

The only problem is that Hilary might be as good as her own precious daughter, Dulcie. 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 ehoes on… However, the mystery of this novel is Posy.

Dancing Shoes By Noel Streatfeild – review

Petrova hates the stage, and goes along with it only because she has to. Mrs Winters was a good villain, and had an interesting backstory. You’ll not only learn something, but also feel a welcome part of a refreshingly hodgepodge unrelated family that’s the envy of all. Set during the worst years of the worldwide economic depression, the book combines aspiration and harder reality to very good effect.


As an adult, I identified even more with Rachel in her desire to make things conform to what she believes as right, and her Formative for me. She had a terrific mentor, could work in his garage, and she enjoyed encouragement and support from her ‘family’. They are all chalk and cheese to each other, yet streatfeilr have all at some stage been my favourite. However, when their mother dies, Rachel’s aunt, who owns a dancing troupe takes them in. It was just the sort of light, magical story to curl up with on a November evening.

With girls to look after and money running scarce, the newly named Fossil sisters, Streztfeild and Nanny have to look into alternative strategies for funding. Miss Theo Dane, dignified dancer at a ballet academy, is perhaps most important, as her connection with the academy provides an in for the Fossil sisters to take up ballet.

To streatfekld credit, Rachel never thinks of Hilary as anything less than her sister.

Noel Streatfeild – Wikipedia

So we streatfeiild watched it a million time, give or take. For if there is one thing this book is, it is hopeful. This was really cute and heartwarming.

I did enjoy reading about the relationships forged between Rachel and the older people in the book as well as between Hilary and the girls her age; it seemed fitting of the characteristics the girls portrayed throughout the book. It’s not classic children’s fiction.

Dancing Shoes

Jul 06, Magda rated it really liked it Shelves: They launch themselves into the world of show business, complete An alternate cover edition for this ISBN from can be found here Pauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans determined to help out their new family by joining the Children’s Academy of Dancing and Stage Training. And we won’t ever forget how it felt to be part of their lives. Definitely a noe art.


Posy is no shrinking violet, however: I’m still not sure how it captivated me for so many reads as a kid, but it held up to my rediscovery. This entertaining and creative children’s book combines themes of dancing, friendship and growing up, accompanied by interesting characters.

Both characters are extremely well-portrayed, and their personalities shine through the whole book. When I discovered it was real, I had decided I’d look for it to read. Why did I wait so long to read this? Also one of the girls in the story is adopted and at first I was uncomfortable about many c In the movie “You’ve Got Mail” there is a reference made to streagfeild Shoe books by Noel Streatfeild.

Rachel is devoted to her sister’s dancing, and the fact that their mother had damcing hopes for Hilary. So, I started rifling through my old books and the Fossil sisters literally fell into my lap.

Like the best children’s stories, even though i Ballet Shoes is one of those books I wish I’d been able to read as a child. Children and teenagers Children’s books: I don’t remember the first time.