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Ballet shoes. Noel Streatfeild

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Orangeanddemons Sun 29-Dec-13 15:53:56

Wow! It is fantastic isn't it? I'd forgotten how good it was!

Dd got some book vouchers for Christmas. Took her to get some books and found this. I bought it for me, and M reading it again. It wad my best boom ever when I was little, and it's still great now.

This version even has a bow on the cover! Dd hasn't even been able to get near it!

AMuppetChristmasCorral Sun 29-Dec-13 15:55:24

It's one of my favourites! I'm looking forward to reading it to my boys grin

tribpot Sun 29-Dec-13 15:57:12

Great book.

MadameDefarge Sun 29-Dec-13 16:09:15

I've still got my copy from the seventies...odd to think it was 40 years old even then!

ancientbuchanan Sun 29-Dec-13 16:12:17

I love it to bits. My copy was pink with the girls outlined in white dancing across.

But it's really v sophisticated, isn't it, about separation and poverty.

Which one did you want to be?

MirandaWest Sun 29-Dec-13 16:14:09

I love Ballet Shoes smile

Orangeanddemons Sun 29-Dec-13 16:14:13

I used to want to be Pauline, but Petrova is more interesting

MadameDefarge Sun 29-Dec-13 16:14:42

this is my copy

MadameDefarge Sun 29-Dec-13 16:15:21

I wanted to dance like Posy, be cool like Petrova and successful like Pauline.

superbagpuss Sun 29-Dec-13 16:15:45

is this the one about the three girls adopted by the professor?

I was the middle girl more interested in engines grin. (petrova?)

GirlWithTheDirtyShirt Sun 29-Dec-13 16:16:06

I love this book, I bought the special edition Cath Kidston version for both my God Daughter's and it's beautiful. I just wish I'd bought another for DD as I can't get it anywhere now.

Orangeanddemons Sun 29-Dec-13 16:17:04

I remember copying one of the pictures in it when I was about 10 and realising that I could draw. It was a bit of a watershed moment

MadameDefarge Sun 29-Dec-13 16:17:12

yes, that's the one super!

Reread it recently, and it was rather good on kids being old enough to understand not having money, and being responsible.

TerrariaMum Sun 29-Dec-13 16:17:42

Oh, it is wonderful, isn't it? Bagpuss, yes, Petrova. I think in a later book called Theatre Shoes, she is a well-known pilot.

Orangeanddemons Sun 29-Dec-13 16:19:12

the one I bought. Look at the bow!

ChristmasSocks Sun 29-Dec-13 16:19:37

Don't stop with ballet shoes, the Author wrote loads, I've read almost all (just read Gemma Alone for the first time yesterday).

I love them.

Orangeanddemons Sun 29-Dec-13 16:20:38

I've read most of them, but can't remember them. Just Ballet Shoes stuck in my mind

MrsSippie Sun 29-Dec-13 16:22:50

Does anyone remember a book by Noel Streatfield called 'The Painted Garden'? It was about a family who went to America (father a writer struggling with depression who needed sunlight) and ended up meeting the Fossil sisters as the eldest daughter was a ballerina and the middle daughter accidentally got the lead role in 'The Secret Garden' which was being filmed near to where the family were staying? it was so lovely..

PrincessFiorimonde Sun 29-Dec-13 16:23:16

I loved that book! Reread it a couple of years ago and might hunt it out for another go now.

Terraria, I haven't heard of Theatre Shoes; would like to read that. I did have a follow-up called (I think) The Painted Garden, which is about Pauline in Hollywood, but lost it years back.

<waves to Mimi>

PrincessFiorimonde Sun 29-Dec-13 16:26:29

Oh, xpost, MrsS! I'd forgotten that Painted Garden is really about another family and that Pauline isn't the main character. My excuse is that it must be 40 years since I read it.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Sun 29-Dec-13 16:27:03

Oh it's gorgeous. One of my v favourite comfort reads. Unfortunately my barbarian dds didn't appreciate it at all.

Petrova is my favourite. I thought my dds would look like her & was v bemused when they didn't (switched at birth, I think).

MrsSippie Sun 29-Dec-13 16:27:15

I've just ordered it blush

teacherwith2kids Sun 29-Dec-13 16:33:33

I still have my childhood copy of Painted Garden.

And a copy of Ballet Shoes that was my mother's (one of the first Puffin books printed)

Have re-read many of her books, courtesy of DD.

teacherwith2kids Sun 29-Dec-13 16:35:38

(Many, btw, have been renamed in the most recent editions. heatre Shoes was, afaik, originally printed as 'Curtain Up', and Circus Shoes was something like 'Here comes the circus'.)

ChristmasSocks Sun 29-Dec-13 16:37:27

It's only as an adult that I realised the lady doctors were 'a couple'... scroll down for picture...

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