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When three English orphans, Pauline, Petrova, and Posy, join the Children's Academy of Dancing and Stage Training to help out their new family, they have no idea it's going to be such hard work!  

Vowing to make a name for themselves, they launch into the world of show business, complete with working papers, the glare of the spotlight, and practice, practice, practice!

But the theater isn't right for all of them...Pauline is destined for the movies. Posy is a born dancer. Practical Petrova finds she'd rather pilot a plane than perform a pirouette. Each girl must find the courage and the talent to follow her dream.

Please note: This audiobook has some light background noise issues. This audio quality issue is unavoidable since this is sourced from historic recordings.

©1937 Random House,Inc. Renewed 1965 Noel Streatfeild (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Imagination Studio, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

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I loved this book and read it several times as a child. It's just one of those "nice" books. Like Little Women or Anne of Green Gables, it's not exciting, and maybe it's not a "grown up" classic, but the characters and journey of the story are worth reading. I've read Ballet Shoes once or twice as an adult and it definitely holds up. I ended up very involved in theatre through high school and college, so perhaps this book is why, and reading Ballet Shoes over again now makes ...more I loved this book and read it several times as a child. It's just one of those "nice" books. Like Little Women or Anne of Green Gables, it's not exciting, and maybe it's not a "grown up" classic, but the characters and journey of the story are worth reading. I've read Ballet Shoes once or twice as an adult and it definitely holds up. I ended up very involved in theatre through high school and college, so perhaps this book is why, and reading Ballet Shoes over again now makes me feel like I'm in those shows again.

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Great story and reader

This was a good one to listen to while shuttling between activities. My 12 year old daughter chose this book and I completely enjoyed it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Magical and Memorable

I love this book, I have since I was little. After many years I decided to buy it for old times sake and I am so glad that I did! The performance is stunning and the story is as magical as ever. Oh to be a Fossil!

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Love it!

Where does Ballet Shoes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top, perfect for a light read on a road trip.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All of the girls, but probably Posy. Something about her.

What does Elizabeth Sastre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I just love the reading! It was so expressive and full of life. It only added to the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! And I've done it may times!

Any additional comments?

I've listened to this book so many times, and it's just a fun and light read. Not only does it take you back in time to a rough economic time in England, it brings laughs, joy, and performing arts all into the mix! This is my favorite type of novel and I absolutely adored it. Have listened to this (and the other two books on audiotape) MANY times.

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EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT AWESOME BOOK!!

this book is really good, it is my favorite in this series and the narrator is really good and easy to understand.

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Tiptop

Love the book ,the characters are among my faves audible....do the rest, starting with traveling shoes or applebough!

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A childhood favorite

I had been a little concerned that perhaps the audio version would not live up to the book. I need not worried, the narrator and the producer did full justice to Noel Streatfield's words. This audiobook will become a permanent part of my library.

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Absolutely delightful in every way

As a family with 4 girls, we all loved this book. The story was funny and intriguing (we still say, "We vow!) and the performance was outstanding, especially in the way the reader played every part distinctly and believably. The 4 stars for the story is because it took a bit getting into--but it was well worth it.