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Summary

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild, read by Janet Streatfeild.

'I wonder...if other girls had to be one of us, which of us they'd choose to be?'

Pauline longs to be an actress.

Petrova is happiest playing with cars and engines.

And if she could...Posy would dance all day!

But when their benefactor Great-Uncle Matthew disappears, the Fossil girls share a future of a dazzling life onstage, where their dreams and fears will soon come true....

Noel Streatfeild once said that Ballet Shoes was 'really a fairy story with its feet halfway on the ground' - a magical description for a magical book.

Noel was born in Sussex in 1895 and was one of three sisters. Although she was considered the plain one, she ended up leading the most glamorous and exciting life! After working in munitions factories and canteens for the armed forces when WWI broke out, Noel followed her dream of being onstage and went to RADA, where she became a professional actress. She began writing children's books in 1931, and Ballet Shoes was published in 1936. She quickly became one of the most popular authors of her day. When she visited Puffin exhibitions, there were queues right out of the building and all the way down The Mall. She was one of the first winners of the Carnegie Medal and was awarded an OBE in 1983. Noel Streatfeild lived in London. She died in 1986.

Also by Noel Streatfield, and available in A Puffin Book: Tennis Shoes; Circus Shoes; Theatre Shoes.

©1936 Noel Streatfeild (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

Critic reviews

"A masterpiece.... Ballet Shoes is one of my all-time favourite children's books - and you don't have to be a ballet fan to enjoy it." (Dame Jacqueline Wilson)

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  • Mrs O
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  • 08-02-18

It's a classic.

story is is good and entertaining as I remember it being when I was a child I was less impressed with the reader is styles quite abrupt and harsh

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A great reading of my all-time favourite book!

I love this book, I read it countless times growing up and it still has a special place in my heart today. The narration was very good, bringing the words to life well.

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Annoying voice

I should have listened to a sample. What an annoying voice- guessing a bit of nepotism has been at play here- due to the matching surnames. I even tried speeding it up but that makes it even more annoying.

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This is the best audible book I’ve ever listened too 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍 if you are a girl you would love it ,it is based on any age

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nostalgic and largely enjoyable.....

Why have "three_pence!!!!!! ". so irritating and repeatedly! Always pronounced "threpence"!!!! Shame. Still enjoy the story as sounded in my head in the 1940's.

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