Sunday, 28 September 2014

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild (1936)

Born in 1895, Noel Streatfeild was the author of a great many books, the most famous of which is Ballet Shoes.
Ballet Shoes tells the story of three adopted sisters - Pauline, Petrova and Posy - and their training at The Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training.
  
The sometimes sickly-pink modern covers of more recent editions of Ballet Shoes might put off potential readers, but the Fossil girls are presented as rounded characters and the details and worries of their everyday lives are beautifully evoked by Streatfeild.

Group members enjoyed the period detail of the story, and those who had not read it before were pleased to discover that there was more to Ballet Shoes than dance lessons and stage school antics.

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