Each of the girls is discovered as a baby by Matthew Brown Great-Uncle-Matthew, known as "Gum" , an elderly, absentminded palaeontologist and professor, during his world travels, and sent home to his great-niece, Sylvia and her childhood nanny, Nana. Gum embarks upon an expedition of many years and arranges for money to support the family while he is gone. Gum does not return in the promised five years and the money is almost gone. As they have no way to contact or track him down, Sylvia and Nana take in boarders to make ends meet, including Mr.
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The three girls have been adopted by Great Uncle Matthew and left in the care of his niece Sylvia while he goes off on another expedition. He is absent a long time and the money he leaves runs out, so their guardian takes in boarders and the girls find work on the stage.
How will this work out for them? This is the fourth post in the Bookword Decades Project. One theme has emerged and is continued in this classic. This theme is the absence of parents. Ballet Shoes The novel is set in London in the period between the world wars.
Three orphan girls are collected by Great Uncle Matthew like fossils after whom he names them. He leaves them in the care of his niece, Sylvia, who is helped by Nana, Cook and the maid, Clara. Posy is an exceptionally talented dancer. GUM expected to be away for 5 years, but his absence extends much longer. When the money he provided runs out the girls and their guardians must make difficult decisions. All along they have known how important it is not to show that you are poor, but now they have to face losing their home.
Each has lessons to learn about not getting too bumptious Pauline , or finding ways to follow her interests Petrova ; or to seize every occasion to further her passion Posy. The girls are assisted in their struggles by the boarders that Sylvia takes in: Theo who introduces them to the Dancing Academy and assists with their practice sessions; the two female academic doctors who teach them what they are missing by not being at school; Mr and Mrs Simpson who own a garage and a car and ferry them about from time to time.
The sewing skills of Nana are frequently called upon for outfits for classes and auditions. In the final pages, after several years of penury, taking parts for the money, scrimping and making do, the girls go their separate ways: Pauline to Hollywood with Sylvia, Petrova to learn about aeroplanes with GUM and Posy to Prague to study with a ballet master accompanied by Nana.
Ballet shoes in a shop window near Covent Garden Noel Streatfeild Noel Streatfeild was another prolific writer, like the others in this series, producing nearly 30 books for children and 16 novels for adults as well as many non-fiction books.
She lived from — She spent time in the theatre but later turned to writing. She also did war work during both wars. It has never been out of print. Despite what my spellchecker keeps telling me, that is how you spell her family name. I used the Puffin edition from Next month it will be a choice from Suggestions for decades are welcome.
Shelves: fiction , read-aloud-to-kids , young-adult , historical-fiction , all-time-favorite , made-into-movie The story of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy will be in my heart for life, even though I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettable characters from the British television version. The story of Pauline, Petrova, and Posy will be in my heart for life, even though I must confess that was introduced to these charming and unforgettable characters from the British television version. Because of the Depression, they get training to earn money as performers on stage. Pauline turns out to have a flair for acting, and Posy turns out to be a ballerina of rare genius. Petrova hates the stage, and goes along with it only because she has to. Her dream is to learn to fly an airplane. As a girl, I dreamed of being Posy, but I identified with Petrova, if only because of her Russian background.
Noel Streatfeild 2-book Collection: Thursday’s Child and Far to Go
The three girls have been adopted by Great Uncle Matthew and left in the care of his niece Sylvia while he goes off on another expedition. He is absent a long time and the money he leaves runs out, so their guardian takes in boarders and the girls find work on the stage. How will this work out for them? This is the fourth post in the Bookword Decades Project. One theme has emerged and is continued in this classic. This theme is the absence of parents.