Ballet Shoes

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In the tradition of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Little Princess come Noel Streatfeild’s tales of triumph. In this story, three orphan girls vow to make a name for themselves and find their own special talents. With hard work, fame just may be in the stars! Originally published in 1937.

Determined to make a name for themselves, three adopted sisters living in London train for the ballet and the stage and in the process discover ...

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Overview

In the tradition of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Little Princess come Noel Streatfeild’s tales of triumph. In this story, three orphan girls vow to make a name for themselves and find their own special talents. With hard work, fame just may be in the stars! Originally published in 1937.

Determined to make a name for themselves, three adopted sisters living in London train for the ballet and the stage and in the process discover that each has a special talent.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679847595
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: The Shoe Bks.
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 61,055
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 7.67 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Often drawing on the raw material of her experiences as stage actress, Noel Streatfeild wrote more than 80 books for children and adults, including the famous "Shoes" series. A rebellious child who was expelled from her first school, she developed a lifelong love of theater and the performing arts. Her first novel, The Whitcharts--about the theater--was published in 1931. Though several other novels for adults followed, an editor encouraged a reluctant Streatfeild to write a theater-themed story for children; the result was highly successful Ballet Shoes, about three young girls training for the stage. Look for Theater Shoes and Dancing Shoes on audio from Listening Library.
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  • Posted November 27, 2011

    Awesome Awesome

    This is a go to book easy classic, I buy it for all the new baby girls in my family. Even I keep a copy for myself as a fun read. Great Book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    Life Lessons

    I don't know if anyone sacrafices for the people they love like these girls sacrafice for eachother.You are certainly likely to feel you've been lazy after reading the story of these hard working passion filled characters. My only disappointment with the book is a particular characters bad luck in acting roles because of her looks. Though this is likely how the acting world works it is sad to see in a kids book someone being rejected because of how pretty they are.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

    I've taken their tale into adulthood...

    My mother bought this story for me as a child when I wanted nothing more than to dance for a living. So well-written, I read and re-read this and my other favorite Noel Streatfeild story, "Dancing Shoes" long after I had outgrown them. The books provided me wonderful examples of writing and grammar, which I then applied to my studies. The stories themselves are based on real places in London and also provide a great perspective on British life which came in remarkably handy more than thirty years later in business. Please share them with your child. You will be most pleased that you did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2005

    Wonderful Book!

    This book has a great storyline and a lot of substance, which is hard to find in a book these days. It is about 3 girls with dreams and ambitions and they learn to choose the paths that they will take in their lives. If you read this book, it might change your life. It really changed mine! Noel Streatfield has a wonderful way with words and obviously studied her topics very well. It is very fluent reading that is easy for everyone to enjoy.I am a dancer in training and this really influenced me! It is my very favorite book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2001

    A perfect Book

    This book is about 3 girls who's guardian became poor when they were little so it was suggested for them to go to The Academy of Stage and Dance Training. They all find their talents quickly. Pauline is a great actress,Posy is a born dancer, and Petrova finds out she would rather pilot a plane or drive a motorcar rather than do a pierouette. I've read this book about 30 times, but I love it, and I reccomend this book for nine years olds or older. Also, I've heard Tennis Shoes is great for boys.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    It wasn't very well written!

    I liked the book, it was okay. Sort of funny, but I didn't quite like how it was written. There are a lot better written books to enjoy! This book has a lesson one of the main characters learn: Don't get a swelled head. That's pretty much it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2009

    A great book for all dancers!!

    I love the book! I feel some parts were hard to understand, but other then that I loved it. I learned a lot about dancing and how friendship is so important in life. I think most people will enjoy the book, I know i did.<BR/><BR/>Jen, age 13

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2008

    This Book is Amazingly Great

    This book was everything i wanted it to be and more it was AMAZINGLY GREAT! If you are interested in the arts of dancing and theater you will really enjoy this book immensly! Read this book and you will not be disappointed! P.S. if you get bored with it keep going it gets better. 'there are a few melow parts'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2006

    HMMM...

    I am a ballet dancer and I saw the movie 'ballet shoes' in a Blockbuster and I wanted to read the book before I watched the movie. Honestly I didn't get through the first 50 pages of the book I found it so tantilizing and boring. Though the story line was interesting enough I was never able to finish the book. To this day the book sits on my bookshelf half read, I don't think I'll ever finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2006

    This Book shows everything - from great to worse

    I liked this book because, it shows people shining even through hard times. I also like it because, the fossils vow to make their own name FAMOUS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2005

    Dertermintatiom Pays Off

    When 3 girls try to make a name for themselves there are a few struggles. But in the end everthing turns out all right. It is a great book for anybody but especially if you are a dancer, actress, or a tomboy. then you can relate to the characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2005

    Very good

    This is my favorite of Noel Streatfeild's 'Shoes' series. I am a young girl who wants to be an actress, so I liked the way I could relate to the Fossil girls and their performing experiences. A lot of fun to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2004

    Best Book Ever Written!

    This book is really great! The story is about three Fossils sisters dreaming that one day they will make their names in history books. If you want to find out if their dream will come true, then get this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2004

    SUPER

    My father bought me this book last year. I thought it wasn't an exciting story so I put it into my bookshelf. This year, while I was cleaning out my bookshelf, I found this book. I decided to read it since there was a saying:'Never judge a book by its cover'. And when I read it, I found that it was emotional and nice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2004

    Great Book

    This was such a great book anyone would like this book. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2003

    Awesome Book!

    I absolutely loved this book! I am a little disappointed that the Fossil girls aren't the main characters in Dancing Shoes and Theatre Shoes. I was looking forward to finding out what happened to them when they grew up. I still want to read them any way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    A wonderful series for a child

    I received a few of these books when I was 11 years old. I found them wonderfully written and feel that they apply to a child in today's world. The books have wholesome family values that are sometimes lacking in today's literture. I am hoping to find a set of these for my daughter so she can have them when she is older.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2002

    Simply Unforgetable

    This is seriously one of the best books I've ever read. It's utterably fantastic. All of the characters are so different, yet they all end up together. The entire reason I read these books is because of the movie You've Got Mail. Ever since I'd wanted to read them, and finally I did. You will not only never regret reading it, but this book will always be in your memory.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2002

    This is an amazing book!

    i LOVED this book! you don't even have to be a dancer to enjoy it! i'm not a dancer, and it is one of my favorites! i've read it several times, and each time i can't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2002

    The Best Book to read to dancers

    I think that this book is the best book a dancer can read! I have read the book tons of times and everytime it puts me in a better mood!! I have been dancing for almost 5 years and I love it!!!!!!!!!! I totally recommend all dancers to read this book! It's the best!!!!

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