Ballet Shoes

by Noel Streatfeild

Reading Age: 9+

Interest level: 8+

by Noel Streatfeild

Pauline, Petrova and Posy are orphans adopted by eccentric fossil collector and explorer Gum ('Great Uncle Matthew'). Leaving them in the care of his niece Sylvia, and Nana, her old nurse, at his London home on the Cromwell Road, Gum goes off to continue his exploring, saying he'll be back in five years time. But after five years come and go, and there is no sign of Gum, Sylvia's money begins to run out.


When the family take in an engaging collection of lodgers to help make ends meet, one of them suggests that the three girls should attend Madame Fidolia's Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training, so that they can learn to support themselves and earn money on the stage. After some excitement, intense competition, occasional disappointments and some hard lessons, Posy proves herself a gifted ballet dancer and Pauline discovers a talent for acting, but Petrova - who loathes dancing and acting - remains true to her passion for mechanics and her dream to become a pilot.


First published in the 1930s, this classic story of three very different girls who work hard to master their talents has captivated children's imaginations - particularly girls' - for decades. Pauline, Petrova and Pauline are brilliantly characterised and always believable: young readers will love following the ups and downs of this warm-hearted family tale.


Publisher: Penguin

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Ths book is a amazing book! It has inspired me to lov ballet and go to every ballet I can! Thi sbook deserves 6 stars not 5. I recommend this for ages 9-11.5!

Rating: 5 star
15 May 2017


Rating: 4 star
3 April 2017

it was awesome

Rating: 5 star
baloch colony
20 January 2017

Petrova, Posy and Pauline Fossil are orphans who were adopted by GUM when they were little. But GUM goes away and when he doesn't come back for a while, money gets short. Luckily, help comes from Madame Fidolia from her Academy of dancing and stage training and soon they are living the life of stage stars. Pauline loves acting, Petrova wants to be a pilot and all little Posy wants to do is dance. This book is stunning. It even came runner up for the first ever Carnegie medal. There is also a good sequel called Theatre Shoes which is set when Posy and Pauline are famous and people look up to them. I would recommend it for anyone who likes classics and musical theatre.

Rating: 5 star
7 December 2016


Rating: 5 star
24 November 2016

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