Ballet Shoes

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Random House, 1937 - Juvenile Fiction - 281 pages
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Pauline, was rescued from a shipwreck as a baby. She longs to be an actress. Petrova, is a Russian orphan. She is happiest when playing with cars and engines. Polly was handed over with just a pair of ballet shoes to her name. If she could, she would dance all day. But one thing they do have in common is, that with money running out at home and Great Uncle Matthew missing, the sisters want to stay together. Whatever it takes. As they prepare for a dazzling life on stage, the dreams and fears of the fossil girls are about to come true.
  

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User Review  - AbigailAdams26 - LibraryThing

Originally published in 1936, this first "Shoes" book by acclaimed British children's author Noel Streafeild - the "Shoes" books are less of a series than a collection of wonderful children's novels ... Read full review

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User Review  - satyridae - LibraryThing

I'm sorry, Susann, but this will be my only Shoes book. I found it sweet but unsatisfying. I just couldn't care about anyone but Petrova, and even she was a little marshmallow-y. There was never any ... Read full review

Contents

About the Three in This Book
1
GreatUncle Matthew and His Fossils
3
The Boarders
13
The Fossil Family Makes a Vow
27
Madame Fidolia and the Dancing Class
41
The Childrens Academy of Dancing
52
Petrova Has Influenza and Makes a Friend
62
Maeterlincks Blue Bird
74
Pauline Learns a Lesson 151
133
August
141
The Clothes Problem Again
151
A Midsummer Nights Dream
162
Independence at Fourteen
176
Richard the Third
188
Making a Picture
202
Posy
213

The Matinee
91
Pauline Wants a New Frock
101
The Audition
115
Gum Comes Back
227
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About the author (1937)

Noel Streatfeild, born 1895, was one of the daughters of the Bishop of Lewes and a great-granddaughter of the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry. She was unmarried and led a busy London literary life and had written over eighty books by the time of her death in 1986.

Diane Goode is the illustrator of more than fifty beloved and critically acclaimed picture books, including the Caldecott Honor Book When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant. Inspired by the handwritten letters of the Founding Mothers, she begins with their quill and sepia handwriting and spins out the line to re-create their images and the remarkable events of their lives for a new generation of young readers.

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