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Ballet Shoes for Anna : Noel Streatfeild :

The Uncle is a pompous bore, who hates children and only tolerates them for the sake of appearances, The Aunt is kind but she is terrified as a mouse of her husband. Even center exercises seems to cause her anguish. Teen, 13 years old Written by Punky June 26, Aug 12, Ravish Fatima rated it it was amazing. Here we have three children: But instead, the story just ended abruptly on the return of Sir William and I felt the whole story was concluded in just a few paragraphs.

Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. Gussie started to, towards the end when he joined the school’s gang, but even then his primary focus was to get money for classes.

Simpson another of the boarders in his garage. After this the tale becomes rather like an Enid Blyton with the difference of poor spoken English standards which the kids need to address. Noel Streatfeild started by writing books for adults. Anna’s a talented dancer, or will be if she has the training, but in a world where being given a home is expected to be enough, that’s not an easy thing to come by.

The Uncle thinks any kind of dance is the work of the devil and forbids them to even mention it again. It’s a very late career Streatfeild and considering how old she was, this actually feels like she was still in touch with what was going on at the time it was written – unlike some other of her contemporaries.


Ballet Shoes for Anna

In my younger years, I wanted to be Pauline the pretty and successful actress but, as an adult, I’d definitely choose the plain and practical Petrova.

But for me, what really brings these girls alive is, for all their fantastic talents, their imperfections. The book follows the children in their efforts to get ballet classes for Anna without their uncle knowing. Views Read Edit View history. But by the end of the book Petrova has her career planned: I was disappointed with this book. When Winifred, streatfield talented but plain girl who has to make money for her family, arrives too late for an audition and finds that Petrova has got the part, she is absolutely gracious and with a wobbly voice wishes Petrova good luck.

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Ballet Shoes : Noel Streatfeild :

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Anna and her two live with their grandparents in a small village in Turkey which is devastated by an earthquake.

The parents die at the very streatffeild and the effects of it on the kids are dealt with at least a little. Beyond that it’s a nice culture clash story about three children who are orphaned and have to try and adjust to living in England after having lived a nomadic life in a caravan travelling around Europe with their parents.

The world of the three Fossil sisters may be very different from the experience of today’s readers but it is easy to identify with Pauline, Petrova and Posy.

Children and teenagers Children’s books: Anna has a talent for ballet and early training from her grandfather, so she is determined to keep going with lessons.

His wife though is sweet and concerned but always bzllet the husband first. How Tech Is Changing Childhood. Check out the top books nlel the year on our page Best Books of And it didn’t even seem as though it was because she was bashful or thought her dancing wasn’t too good.

Recent Posts 31 Days, 31 Lists: The story follows the three Fossil sisters as they attend baallet, audition for roles, and shine in performances. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The older brother takes his position seriously and becomes quite domineering while the younger gets up to escapades and is easily led when he thinks there is money in it for him. No trivia or quizzes yet. The youngest sibling, Anna has a rare talent for ballet which is developed by her grandfather who used to be a ballet teacher.


Orphans are always a winner, and here we have three of them. But eventually even Winifred has her day. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Want personalized picks that fit your family? Why didn’t she want to actually dance- not do repeated exercises? As the children mature, they take on some of the responsibility of supporting the household.

For Your Family Log in Sign me up. Thats because the printing was small. Too bad Anna seems rather silly! Unfortunately for the children their uncle does not like children and believes dancing to be foolish and bans Anna from having dancing lessons. Elder sister Ruth Gervis illustrated the book, which was published on the 28th September, The inclusion of almost 10 pages of a play script, for example, won’t make sense to many readers; but those who would love to be Pauline probably will be acting out the scenes.

The story itself feels pretty incomplete — like a short story that was just barely extended to book length and so some things were added to bulk it up. Children’s literature portal Arts portal.

Top 100 Children’s Novels #78: Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

The story moves along rapidly and I enjoyed it very much. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. A Story of Three Children on the Stage first edition.