Dancing Shoes

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Aunt Cora is determined to turn two orphans, perky Hilary and sullen Rachel, into members of her dance troupe. But Rachel wants to keep Hilary from being one of Wintle’s Little Wonders—is it selfishness or something else? Misunderstandings and a spoiled cousin come together for a tale full of high drama. Originally published in 1957.

After her mother's death, Rachel and her adopted sister Hilary are taken in by Aunt Cora, who runs a dancing school where Rachel's ...

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Overview

Aunt Cora is determined to turn two orphans, perky Hilary and sullen Rachel, into members of her dance troupe. But Rachel wants to keep Hilary from being one of Wintle’s Little Wonders—is it selfishness or something else? Misunderstandings and a spoiled cousin come together for a tale full of high drama. Originally published in 1957.

After her mother's death, Rachel and her adopted sister Hilary are taken in by Aunt Cora, who runs a dancing school where Rachel's spoiled cousin Dulcie is the star pupil.

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Hilary and her sister, Rachel, are sent to live with their Aunt Cora. Aunt Cora owns a dancing school where the dancers' each dream of being a Little Wonder. Hilary is a talented dancer, while Rachel slogs through her lessons. However, Rachel's only concern is keeping her promise to their dying mother. Hilary must be a world famous ballerina. A rival competition with nasty Cousin Dulcie keeps readers cheering for Hilary as she competes against Cousin Dulcie in a dance competition. By book's end, all has been resolved for the three girls. Rachel's talents evolve toward the theater, while Hilary confesses she just wants to raise babies, and Cousin Dulcie makes her mother proud with contracts as a Little Wonder. Rachel, Hilary, and Dulcie are charming characters. However, readers will find the narrator's voice to be old fashioned and lacking much of the freshness of the contemporary middle grade novel. With so many outstanding middle grade stories written in the last two decades, readers would be better off finding a book written in the last twenty years than reading this one. 2003 (orig. 1957), Random House, Ages 8 to 10.
—Mindy Hardwick
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679854289
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Shoe Books Series
  • Edition description: 1st Bullseye Books ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 106,406
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.65 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2002

    Great Book!

    This is a really good book! You don't have to be a dancer to like it. I'm not one and I loved it! I first read it when I was about 8 or 9. Since then I have read the book over and over again because it is so good. Now I'm 14 and I am once again reading it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    Amazing, and totally worth the read! Not too long, not too short

    Amazing, and totally worth the read! Not too long, not too short, a perfect read. I'm 14 and I'm reading the book again!

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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, "Ballet 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2006

    Anna here, loving this rocking book

    told me how lucky I am, and was interesting to the very end

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2005

    BETTER THAN THE OTHER TWO

    This is a wonderful book to read aloud to small girls, or girls who love to dance. The characters are fun and realistic, and it is a well written book. I'm 14 years old, I don't dance, and I still love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2004

    A Five Star Book!

    Dancing Shoes is one of my favorite books. It is about two girls whose mother has died. One of the girls, Hilary, is a great dancer, and her teacher in their village thinks she is destined for Covent Garden. Rachel, on the other hand, has never taken dance. Hilary's teacher has never wanted Hilary to learn acrobatics and types of dancing like high kicks, and she made Rachel promise to never to let Hilary do so. Hilary and Rachel's aunt, Cora Wintle, however, is a dance teacher known for teaching these sort of things. She is insistent on teaching Hilary and making her one of 'Miss Wintle's Little Wonders'. I have read this book many, many times, and I recommend it to anyone! I also enjoyed Ballet Shoes (It's better than Dancing Shoes), and the books Theatre Shoes and Skating Shoes . They are not quite as good though. I hope this review and my recommendations helped!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2003

    Excellent Book

    i really really really liked this book. it is one of my favorite books(the others are the sisterhood of the traveling pants books). i thought this book was really good and funny. i loved this book alot, alot, alot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2002

    Great Book for Dancers

    This is a really good book for dancers, and I should know since I am one! Even if you aren't a dancer, you will enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2001

    This book's awesome!

    This book is SO, SO,SO good! Definitely one of my favs! As I looked over other peeps reviews they say good book for dancers,etc. I am not a dancer(although I like 2 dance) but I still enjoyed the book! You don't have 2 be interested in dancing to enjoy the book! You should luv it anywayz!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2001

    This book was wonderful

    I absolutely loved this book!! I had read skating shoes before, so decided to give dancing shoes a try and it was super!!! Anyone who loves to dance, any kind will adore this book, it is one you will not be able to put down. The storyline is great, and you find yourself really getting into the lives of the sisters! I make my dancers read a different dance story every two months, either fiction or non, and this was their favorite one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2000

    Outstanding

    This book was funny, but kind of sad in parts. It was GREAT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    Two Little Wonders

    This book is about two orphan stepsisters who are sent to live with their snotty aunt and rude cousin.The main characters are Hilary and Rachel Lennox and Dulcie Wintle.The story is about R. wanting H. to go the Royal Ballet School.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    Cool Book

    This is a great book for dancers. You will enjoy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2000

    Wonderful!

    This book is truly inspiring!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2000

    You'll love this book

    Read it and loved it. The ending is sooo good. You'll love this book

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